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There was no shortage of pets in the Begany household. The Trumansburg, NY, family had cats and, after the loss of their beloved old dog to cancer, they had adopted a young Rottweiler. But Beth Begany was missing an “older, wiser” dog. She began looking on Petfinder for a senior dog, one who stood less chance of finding a forever …

Watch out! A running raccoon is loose in the Rounces’ living room. Oops! No, it’s just Theodore, the family’s adopted Miniature Schnauzer, who is over 14 years old, is deaf and almost blind. The family loves to see him romp so cheerfully, but they also cringe for fear he will run into the coffee table. The family adopted him from Alger …

Sometimes it seems there are roadblocks thrown in the way to keep a person from adopting. So it must have seemed to Amanda Balz of Pikesville, MD. She was denied adoption at one agency because she lived in an apartment at the time and when she tried to adopt a bully breed from another one, she found her apartment complex …

It frightened Jeanette Lymburner when she couldn’t awaken her newly adopted Cocker Spaniel, Bizzy. He didn’t wake up when he was called, and they often had to shake him to arouse him. “A few times, I was quietly afraid he had died in his sleep,” she says. It didn’t take long for the Lymburners to put two and two together …

September 17 through 23 is Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, giving me a perfect opportunity to tell you about some very special staffers here at Petfinder. They, like many of you, have soft spots in their hearts for special-needs pets. Sara, director of shelter outreach, has a feral cat colony in her backyard, and Gerald just showed up one day. When she took …

Keller, a rescued deaf Bull Dog/Pit Bull mix, shows her comedic flare. Melissa McDaniel, (c)2009 It’s Deaf Dog Awareness Week and we’re happy to bring you an interview with Melissa McDaniel, an avid deaf-dog advocate and blogger, as well as photographer for The Photo Book Projects, a stunning series of soon-to-be-published books calling attention to deaf and rescue dogs. (Don’t …

I wrote previously about my experience adopting my dog Alan, a 2-year-old deaf flat-coated retriever mix who’d spent the past year in rescue. Here’s an update, in honor of Deaf Dog Awareness Week. Alan has been part of the family for about six weeks now and we’re settling into a nice routine. He has calmed down significantly and clearly is …