Our 3rd foster pup was an adorable 11 week old Double Merle Australian Shepherd. I honestly had no idea what I was getting us into but when Mainely Mutts asked if we would be up for fostering a deaf and blind puppy, I immediately said “of course, do you really have to ask?” We were thrilled to welcome this little pup into our home!
I immediately started googling “how to train blind and deaf puppies” to help me prepare for Marlie to arrive from Mississippi. But thankfully she could see a little bit out of one eye so she got around way better than I thought she would. It didn’t take long to realize that she was a feisty little pup that didn’t let being deaf and blind hold her back any!
Marlie absolutely loves other dogs! She wasn’t afraid of my large goldens, Jax and Jasper or grumpy old little dogs like Ali, my boston terrier/pug mix. Jasper and Marlie became instant best friends. They would tire each other out from playing and running around the house. It was so funny to watch this tiny pup stick her whole head into Jasper’s mouth and come back out without a scratch!
When she wasn’t playing with Jasper, she loved to play with toys! She was so vocal too, she would growl and make crazy noises while she tossed toys around! She made us laugh so much! Marlie loved exploring the outdoors too. She would pull all the way to the end of her leash and run from side to side or sometimes she would just sit down and enjoy the view. Or leaves- she loved chewing on dry crunchy leaves!
She may have kept us on our toes but she made up for it 100 times over. And OMG. She was the absolute cutest when she was sleeping…and she slept a lot! She loved to be snuggled right up next to you, or on you, or another pup. When she was sleeping on a bed or in her kennel she would be all stretched out and laying in the funniest positions, it was SO adorable! I literally could have (and sometimes did) capture her on film ALL day!
Marlie stayed with us for a full month, which is twice as long as we’ve had a foster stay with us and we all grew very attached to this feisty little firecracker of a pup. I’ll be honest, I cried the day we dropped her off to her forever home, even though I knew that she was in great hands. I have full faith in the Mainely Mutts team to find the perfect home for each animal they rescue and that is what they did for Marlie. She’s living her best life, being spoiled and loved the way she should be and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
For videos and more photos of our time with Marlie, check out the Marlie Highlights on @joyful_jax’s Instagram profile!