Pets. You’ve got to love them – with their fluffy ears, wagging tails and soft fur. It’s compulsory.
HERO DEAF PETS. Out of sheer loyalty to our deaf, but hard of human kin, us deafies are compelled to love them even more.
Even better, news outlets across the world just LOVE writing about stone-animal HERO DEAF PETS. And here at Limping Chicken, we love reading about them.
Without further ado, here’s two stories about human-impaired deafies that we discovered just last weekend…
First, People magazine in America have reported how a deaf cat called Sugar miraculously survived a 19-storey fall to carry on doing what cats do (sleep, catch mice, suck up to owner in exchange for food).
The article tells how “a few inches off on her landing, and Sugar would not have been so lucky.”
Sugar landed on grass and “mulch” (described on Wikipedia as “a protective cover placed over the soil to retain moisture, reduce erosion, provide nutrients, and suppress weed growth’ – never let it be said we don’t do our research here at Limping Chicken).
She then cowered under a couch in the lobby of her building, where she was rescued by members of Boston’s Animal Rescue League. She escaped, amazingly, with only “a cut to her lip and minor bruising on her lungs.”
They managed to track down Sugar’s owner, a lady called Brittney Kirk. The manager of the Animal Rescue League said that “She was amazed, relieved and grateful” (unless he knows how to read Sugar’s mind, we presume he’s talking about Brittney).
Meanwhile, this side of the Atlantic, Essex’s Daily Gazzette has reported how Alice, a deaf dog who was dumped as a puppy, has been adopted by a deaf couple and has gone on to learn sign language.
This is an amazing achievement – finger spelling can’t be easy when you’ve got paws.
Joking aside, the springer spaniel was eight weeks old when she was abandoned by her Irish breeder – because she was deaf.
After being adopted by deaf couple Marie Williams, 42, and Mark Morgan, 44, Alice has been taught to “sit,” “stand,” and “roll over.” She has also been taught how to “pray’’ for her food.
The article quotes Marie as saying: “Alice is such a wonderful addition to our family. We love her so much. Her training is going brilliantly and it just goes to show a deaf dog can learn just as well as any other.”
Hear hear. Or should we say: see see?
And to round our first instalment of Hero Deaf Pets off, here’s a video of DODA (Dog Of Deaf Adults) and HERO DEAF PET Alice in action…
By Charlie Swinbourne, Editor
The Limping Chicken is the world's most popular Deaf blog, and is edited by Deaf journalist and filmmaker Charlie Swinbourne.
The site exists thanks to our supporters. Check them out below:
- Signature: Leading awarding body for BSL qualifications
- Ai-Media: Remote captioning. Find out 7 things deaf people want you to know!
- Bellman & Symfon: home alerting solutions
- Deaf Umbrella: sign language interpreting and communications support
- BSL Zone: TV programmes in BSL for the Deaf community
- Eyewitness Media: TV and film from a Deaf perspective
- Appa: Communication services for Deaf, Deafblind and hard of hearing people
- SignLive: Online video interpreting for Deaf people
- SignVideo: Instant BSL video interpreting online
- 121 Captions: captioning and speech-to-text services
- The National Theatre: Captioned and BSL accessible theatre in London
- Doncaster School for the Deaf: education for Deaf children
- Signworld: Learn BSL online!
- Action Deafness Communications: sign language and Red Dot online video interpreting
- BSLcourses.co.uk: Provider of online BSL courses
- Association of Notetaking Professionals: The professional body representing Electronic and Manual Notetakers
- Sign Solutions: communication support, training and translation
- InterpretersLive: On demand BSL video interpretation
- Hamilton Lodge School in Brighton: education for Deaf children
- Lipspeaker UK: specialist lipspeaking support
- Hearing Choices: Australian hearing aid specialists
- Elmfield School, Bristol: Inclusive education for Deaf pupils
- deafPLUS: BSL advice helpline
- Exeter Deaf Academy: education for Deaf children
- Royal Shakespeare Company: Captioned and BSL interpreted performances (see dates here)
- Royal School for the Deaf, Derby: Residential education for deaf children
- RAD Tax Advice: Tax and Tax Credit info for Deaf people
- Performance Interpreting: BSL interpreting at concerts
- National Deaf Children's Society: The leading charity for deaf children
- Signed Culture: Advocating for BSL access to arts and culture
- SignHealth: healthcare charity for Deaf people
- CJ Interpreting: communication support in BSL
- British Society for Mental Health and Deafness: Promoting positive mental health for deaf people