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Featured Furball: Cutter

By Thesheltershack @sheltershack

Featured Furball: CutterThis handsome boy is Cutter. He is a one and a half year old Boxer that is available for adoption through the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter in Valley View, Ohio. He’s a sweet boy that shares something in common with my Daisy. He is deaf.

He’s managed to survive at the shelter for about a month now. I’m not sure how he’s managed to make it this long, as they are experiencing a very high volume of incoming dogs right now. I fear his days are numbered, and hope it’s not already too late for him by the time you are reading this post.

There was a family that visited with him several times, but ultimately decided not to adopt because of their concerns over his deafness. I can remember when I was considering adopting Daisy. I remember having concerns myself, but I just couldn’t resist her big eyes and spunky personality. I adopted her and she’s one of the best dogs I’ve ever owned. She “listens” to me more consistently than Duke and Daisy.

I put her through training classes at PetSmart, and it was during this time that I learned how to “talk” to her with hand signals and body language. When I need to get her attention I either use a laser light to get her eyes to look in my direction, or I stomp on the floor (assuming the floor will send vibrations). When we’re out and about she’s always on a leash. That’s for her own safety, because I wouldn’t be able to call her away from danger if she wandered off. Laser lights don’t work in broad daylight, and stomping on the grass or pavement won’t send out vibrations.

She’s very alert and attentive, and is usually by my side when we’re at home. Cutter is showing that he’s very alert and attentive as well. He is also food motivated which will make training a bit easier. He already knows sit and paw, and is learning down. I think his video best shows what he is capable of. If you are in the Cleveland area and are looking to adopt a dog, please consider Cutter. Please contact the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter for more information. He is currently in kennel number 54. Please share and cross post.

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