"We adopted Tori (or Toribear as our 3 year old calls her) in April of 2005, she has settled wonderfully into our life and family. Our other two dogs took to her right away and the cats are resigned to another dog in the house. Tori is a typical, young Border Collie with all the energy, drive and focus you expect from this wonderful breed. She is picking up basic obedience quickly and we plan to go on to agility training in the future, even flyball and Frisbee are looking like possibilities!
People almost donít believe us when we tell them that Tori is totally deaf, even family asks, ďAre you sure she doesnít have some hearing?Ē But we tell them no, she doesnít hear in any range. We heard the typical warnings against adopting a deaf dog, especially with a young child and now another one on the way. But Tori is a perfect family dog. If she is sleeping and we touch her, she wakes easily without fright and immediately starts wagging her tail coming to us to be petted. She isnít unpredictable at all; she watches everything that goes on around her and her body language is even more expressive than our two hearing dogs. Tori is super quick to associate hand/body signals with what we want, she will even pick up on motions you do unconsciously and respond to them in the future.
There really isnít any difference in Tori and our other dogs. She is a dog first, a Border Collie second and deaf third. Everything that applies to other dogs and Border Collies still applies to her, we are a little more cautious with teaching her to wait before crossing streets on our walks but that is all. Tori LOVES people and thinks she needs to sit and be petted by everyone she meets, she adores our son, and gets along with other dogs as well. We couldnít be happier with our decision to adopt Tori and enjoy the chance to share with other people our experience of being owned by a deaf dog."