Transport #42: Wager and Leo - The Book of Ramblings
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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 10:02 am
Transport #42: Wager and Leo

transport13By now you folks probably know I cannot resist a transport for special needs dogs, especially if those special needs dogs happen to be deaf Australian Shepherds.  And this is especially true if those deaf Aussies happen to be puppies.

So when a transport  came up for 10-week old Leo (the most amazingly adorable ball of white fluff you'll ever meet) and 7-8 month old Wager (an amazingly sweet and affectionate and adorable pup), I couldn't say no.

My Mother decided to join me on this transport, as she did for the one on Buddy.  It gives her something fun to do after my Dad's passing and really, who can resist puppy breath x2?

We took off from her place around 9:30am for Binghamton, NY.  I hadn't driven down to Binghamton from my Mother's house so I looked up the timing on Google maps: 1 1/2 hours.  Since I was supposed to arrive around 11:10am, that seemed perfect.  It would put us there around 11:00, just in time to meet them.  Right?

WRONG.

First of all, we actually arrived around 10:30am (way to go Google Maps for giving the totally wrong timing for the trip!).  And we got a call around 10am telling us the transport was running at least a half hour behind.  Oops.  Since we were already on our way there was not much we could do!  So we got  to our meeting location far too early.  Since our meeting locale was in a parking lot for the Cracker Barrel, we decided to duck in and check out the store.  I walked out with some Sweet potato pancake mix that I'm super excited to try out next weekend.

Anyway...they finally arrived around 11:30.  We spent a little while with the dogs, tried to get Wager to pee and let Leo play in his water bowl (which seems to be a favourite past time with the little guy).  Wager wasn't much interested in bathroom duties and instead wanted everyone to pet him.  He was incredibly affectionate and liked to leap up on you and stretch.  He was just an incredibly nice dog.

We loaded them up fairly quickly and took off.  Here was where the fun started: the two dogs had gotten themselves all tangled up and so my Mom had to lean into the back and unhook their leashes to try to untangle them.  While I was driving.  And trying to get back onto a major highway!  Fun stuff, that was!  She managed to untangle them and then spent about half the trip trying to keep them from jumping up into the front.

Partway through they both finally settled and fell asleep and the trip was peaceful until we arrived in Syracuse (though it was slow-going at times due to construction!).

We arrive a little bit after 1pm, got the dogs out quickly, chatted for a few minutes with the other folks that were there for a different transport (this one for cats), and then sent them on their way.  My mother was very concerned that Wager seemed to be in too small of a crate for him (he was much bigger than we thought!) but he curled up into a little ball and hopefully slept for their section of the trip.

Both arrived safely last night at their rescue destination!  While Leo was cute, Wager was the dog I would have totally adopted in a heartbeat.

I took a handful of photos yesterday but due to the rushed nature of things, they weren't my usual quality unfortunately!

Wager
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Leo 
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halfmoon_mollie
halfmoon_mollie
halfmoon_mollie
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)

there is a special place for you, dear. I so admire people who do this kind of stuff, just as I admire people who can and do 'foster' animals. (Because of course, I'd want to keep every single one of them.) What a couple of cuties.

Blessings on your head - and your mother's as well.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)

I really would love to foster someday. I'm hoping we'll have a big enough place where I can have a couple dogs of my own and foster an additional dog.


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bunnyphone
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Lorraine
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)

LOL. Best typo ever in your first sentence :)


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)

DAMMIT! I type that all the time and I always catch it. F and D are way too close together. CHANGING NOW.


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shunhuggedme
shunhuggedme
Vicky
Tue, Jun. 26th, 2012 12:24 pm (UTC)

I have to know what the typo was??


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Tue, Jun. 26th, 2012 12:25 pm (UTC)

They were DEAF dogs...not dead dogs. lol


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shunhuggedme
shunhuggedme
Vicky
Tue, Jun. 26th, 2012 12:41 pm (UTC)

hahaha. Would have been an odd transport!


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re_vised
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Miranda
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 02:31 pm (UTC)

How adorable! Both are so cute, but I like Wager the most, too.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 02:32 pm (UTC)

When I saw their pictures I thought it would be Leo I'd want. I didn't think Wager was very cute. But then I met him and he was ADORABLE and had such an awesome personality. Totally fell in love.


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box_of_sorrows
Box Of Sorrows
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)

I'd have had both of them!


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tarsa
tarsa
Trouble~~You Want It? You Got Her!!
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 03:05 pm (UTC)

OMG, how beautiful they both are!! May they both find/be found by the perfect families *for them*.


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talonvaki
talonvaki
한국 사람이 아니다
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 03:31 pm (UTC)

OMG Wager is like the Bizarro Dahlia!


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC)

EXACTLY! I'm so glad someone else thought that. He reminded me a lot of her, only white and with weird eyes. his ears are a little different but he definitely resembled her!


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pickleboot
pickleboot
pickleboot
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)

you said deaf dogs and had me there.

not sure i f posted on my journal or just on spo, but we might be adding a deaf, white/albino pit to our mix. it's a long story and i can unlock the spo entry if i did not talk about it in my journal, but neither keir nor i wanted another dog this way, but the poor puppy needs out of the situation it is in and the good thing is one of the owners realizes it. the woman has him/her on a cat collar and leash and does not understand why the poor pup does not know it's name. it's deaf, vet confirmed, she is in denial and so is the "breeder" she paid over $700(she won't give more than that amount) for and the breeder won't take the dog back.

but man, wager is adorable. i bet wager and toby would be fast friends. i clearly need to open a deaf dog refuge.


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 04:57 pm (UTC)

Oh gosh that poor puppy. How can people just simply DENY that their dog is deaf? What a stupid thing to do. I don't remember reading about it, but sometimes if I don't get on for awhile I miss stuff.

I've done a handful of transports for deaf dogs and puppies. This little girl was my favourite.

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Besides Wager of course because I SO WANT HIM.


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pickleboot
pickleboot
pickleboot
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)

*dies of cute*

i think we are doing transports this weekend. i need to check. we finally signed up and are going to do it as a family road trip for the day since amazing neighbor f is still going to be around and the ac will be fixed next week!


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recreatexme
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sarah
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 06:01 pm (UTC)

My 4th nose work dog (the 3rd being another Cardi!) is absolutely going to be a deaf rescue Aussie. I love the breed but would never buy one as long as they're docked, of course. Deaf dogs are so easy to train with my style and have the advantage of much less distractions :)


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)

I'm finding a LOT of deaf Aussies have tails because why bother right? They're just going to dump them so they don't bother docking them (both of these guys had tails).

I really really want the challenge (someday!) of doing agility with a deaf dog. I don't speak to Dahlia much in it anyway (hence a judge actually asking if she were deaf!) so it may work well with my style.


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recreatexme
recreatexme
sarah
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)

Sadly, around here most are still docked because the breeders lie to stupid people and try to sell them anyway :( </p>

The deaf Dobie mix in one of my nw classes did agility when she was younger (she also has neurological issues). Her mom said it was pretty darn easy and she used to trial as well. Sounds like you'll have tons of fun with it!


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crysania4
crysania4
Crysania
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC)

I'm sure I would! Tina (my instructor) seemed to be really hesitant about working with a deaf dog (too bad two of her students want deaf ones someday! lol). So I'm not sure if I'd take a dog THERE if I got one or go someplace else. I'd like to continue with Tina but I gather she's uncomfortable with dealing with a deaf dog.

But who knows...by the time we GET a deaf dog we may be long gone from here anyway.


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dashytoast
dashytoast
dashytoast
Mon, Jun. 25th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)

They're both beyond adorable, but Wager is my favourite, from the look of the pictures. I love affectionate dogs, and white dogs just have... I don't know... something special about them.

Thanks for sharing, you've cheered me right up!


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