Transport #44: Sprite - The Book of Ramblings
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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 11:03 am
Transport #44: Sprite

Another deaf Aussie.  Watch me not able to resist again!   I had nothing to do this weekend and it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend, perfect for a drive down to Binghamton and back.

I was hanging out this morning and got an e-mail message stating the transport was running an hour early. This is unusual.  Apparently the first person had to take off early and so it set the thing off much earlier than anticipated. It really says something about the type of people involved in these transports. Every single on of us was able to do it an hour earlier than planned. So instead of taking off around 11:15am, I left at 10:15am. I stopped for a quick lunch and arrived just a few minutes before the person I was meeting. Perfect timing!

Poor Sprite.  He's a 5 month old Aussie, all white deaf. Adorable as can be. But obviously he's been through a lot. He's super friendly but a bit skittish. He did not want to get out of the crate in the SUV.  We ended up pushing the crate back as far as we could and coaxing him out.  The person I met lifted him out and then he was ok.  He shook it off and wandered around for awhile.

Getting him into my car was difficult as well. The other person tried to lift him but had trouble with it. Finally she just swooped in to grab him and he sort of freaked out, snapped at her (but didn't make contact). I suspect the issue was that he couldn't hear her and she just grabbed him suddenly.  She went to her car to find some treats and I decided to tempt him in with my fuzzy squeaky ball.  I got him interested in it, tossed it a few times and then tossed it into the car.  He wasn't quite willing to jump up, but put his front feet up.  So I rubbed his belly and petted him and then got my arm beneath his rump and helped him up.  No problems.

We spent the first little while before we took off playing with the ball and having a ton of fun together. He was such fun puppy. We played tug with the ball, he chased it in the little space he had. He kept standing on the console between the seats and bopping me in the face with his nose.  Once he tried to grab my hair (no go there puppy!). He definitely needs to learn a bit of bite inhibition (he tried to grab the ball at the same time I did and got me instead...ouch!). No breaking of the skin but it definitely hurt!  So he's got some manners to learn but oh did I enjoy him!

He played for awhile as we set off, occasionally came to visit me, and about 30 minutes into the trip up north he fell soundly asleep. When we arrived in town and I had to drive through town, stopping at lights, he woke up briefly and then fell asleep again, this time with his nose on the "snout rest" (read: console), the same place Dahlia loves to lay on car trips.

The hand off happened easily enough. Getting him out of the car was difficult but I managed to coax him out. And he was easy to pick up for me to put into the next vehicle. I was sad to see him go!

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halfmoon_mollie
halfmoon_mollie
halfmoon_mollie
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 03:43 pm (UTC)

He is sooo cute. I admire people like you (and like my lj friend ravengirl because you do what you do so unselfishly and somehow resist taking home every single animal.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)

Some of them I so do NOT want to take home. Some are just annoying and I'm happy to send them on to someone who would love them. But some, like this puppy, I SO wanted to bring home with me.


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liquidmistletoe
liquidmistletoe
robin
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)

LOL I know this feeling! Some of the transports are just so precious and sweet and I want to keep them forever.

Then there are the other ones who I am happy to help, but there's no way I want to keep it. Usually a chihuahua, french bulldog or boston terrier. Not to insult those types of dog- just not my type of dog. Or if the dog is particularly rude. That has only happened once, but to be fair to him I already knew he was aggressive, but after having a problem dog... I really just don't think I can (emotionally) handle another aggressive dog.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)

Usually it's the puppies that exasperate me. So active, want to chew on EVERYTHING, can't settle.

My least favorite transports though have been the ones with too many dogs. I try to limit myself to either one larger dog or two smaller ones. Some transporters LOVE to suddenl;y add dogs, forgetting that some of us only have small cars. I did one for three dogs and two of them had trouble getting along and it was a nightmare.


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bex
bex
Bex
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 03:45 pm (UTC)

Oh my goodness, he is adooooooorbs. I love that pic of him in the backseat with his butt in the air. Cerb does that when he plays, too, and usually manages to flip himself over in his excitement, hah!


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)

He was SO cute and awesome. Great ball drive, great tug drive, really sweet, lots of energy. I WANTED HIM SO BAD.


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re_vised
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Miranda
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 03:50 pm (UTC)

He's so adorable! The photos of him sleeping are just too cute.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 03:51 pm (UTC)

I was SO SO SO glad that he stayed asleep on that thing when I stopped at lights. I was sure he'd get up but he sort of opened his eyes and closed them quickly again so I was able to take a few photos.


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nutmeg3
nutmeg3
Nutmeg3
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 04:12 pm (UTC)

What a sweetheart! I love the elevator butt picture, and also the ones with his chin on the snout rest. Kudos to you for doing such a good thing.


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icelore
icelore
Ice
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 05:39 pm (UTC)

Oh my, what an adorable puppy!


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zombiefruit
zombiefruit
Noot Raddingston
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)

He's so gorgeous!


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pickleboot
pickleboot
pickleboot
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 07:15 pm (UTC)

aw, what a cutie.

in my experience, deaf dogs hate being approached from the rear unless you touch them and let them know you are coming, if that makes sense. even now with toby we always tap him to let him know that we are behind him. because no matter how loud we say his name, he does not hear it. yeah, we still have to figure that out.

so cute. i hope he finds a good home that speaks to him well and lets him run and play safely!


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 07:16 pm (UTC)

Yeah every time I needed to lift him I approached from the front and as I moved alongside him to where he probably couldn't see me, I kept a hand on him so he knew where I was. He had no trouble being lifted then.


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ladyvox
ladyvox
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Mon, May. 6th, 2013 07:44 pm (UTC)

What a beautiful dog. I hope he'll soon find a new forever-home.

Just curious, when you write "another deaf Aussie" -- do you mean a lot of these kinds of dog have hearing issues or?

Absolutely love the pics where he's sleeping in between the seats, with his one ear all flappy and his paw stuck through a little :))


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 07:48 pm (UTC)

Unfortunately there are a lot of Australian Shepherds with hearing and vision problems. People like the pretty flashy merle coloring and so bad breeders breed merles to merles. The problem is the pattern has a lot of genetic problems associated with it, so breeding two together ends up with dogs that are overly white and often have various eye issues. The extra white leads to deafness (if the hairs inside the ear are white, they will atrophy and die quickly). I've transported several Aussies that have been deaf and some with vision impairment as well.


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ladyvox
ladyvox
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Mon, May. 6th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC)

I'm a noob when it comes to dogs and races but I really dislike overbreeding (or whatever tis called in English).. :( Makes me so sad to know there's people purposely creating dogs (or cats) with all kinds of "defects" just cause they like um better a certain color, size, type of ears/nose/tail/yadda yadda etc. Know what I mean?


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harro_der
harro_der
Christina
Mon, May. 6th, 2013 07:58 pm (UTC)

James is so set on adopting a deaf double merle now. I told him not until Mochi is gone!


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dippylou
dippylou
The Dip
Tue, May. 7th, 2013 04:12 am (UTC)

Oh my, what a darling! I'm crying thinking about him being deaf but I'm extra sensitive as my avatar is in end stage kidney disease and it's breaking my heart every day. Anything makes me cry. lol


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skreidle
skreidle
Scott K
Sat, May. 11th, 2013 02:44 am (UTC)

What a cutie!

Man, I want to do some transports -- time- and vehicle-permitting, which they have yet to be. I get the daily "I-95 Rescue Transport" email digest, though, just in case..


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