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Cleo - Great Dane - SPECIAL NEEDS

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Hello Friends! My name is Cleo and if you have a minute I would like to tell you my story. Three years ago my sister and I were came into this world born deaf & blind. We were born deaf & blind because an irresponsible backyard breeder bred their 2 harlequin Great Danes to produce a litter of puppies and this caused a genetic defect called the double merle gene. Puppies with the double-merle gene are predominately white and have a higher chance of being born deaf and with eye defects. My sister and I were blessed and unlike other double-merle puppies we were given a change to live. We were adopted to a family for the first year of our lives but they were not ready to care for two Great Dane puppies. When we were 1 our family surrendered us into our first rescue and we lived in a kennel. Then when we were 2 years old we moved to another rescue and into an actual foster home. Now at the age of 3 we are still living in our foster home and made it to Big Dogs Huge Paws.

After reading my story, you might feel sorry for me but please don’t. Yes I am considered special needs, but I prefer to focus on the SPECIAL part. I do not let something like being deaf & bling stop me from being a princess! As a princess I am one well behaved puppy girl, even if I do say so myself! I love meeting new people and I am a friendly sociable girl. Like a true Great Dane my favorite things include cuddling on the couch and giving hugs to my family. As a princess I am very dignified so I know my training; I can sit, stay, lay down, come, and give a Hug all through touch commands. I also enjoy a leisurely walk where I will impress you with my leash walking skills. A lot of people think because I am deaf & blind that I must require a lot of work, but really I am so attentive to my people that I will easily follow your lead. With my amazing sense of smell I can get around perfectly. I am also very intuitive so I am able to sense your emotions. I do get nervous sometimes with other dogs, unfortunately I was picked on by another dog when I was younger. I do ok with other Great Danes if they are well mannered, but really I prefer my human family over other dogs and wouldn’t mind being the only dog. I am even good with children, although I like to give hugs so older children would be better. Do you have room in your life for a princess?

My ABILITY is stronger than my disability! –Cleo


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