Meet Penny, this gorgeous woman:

In the foreground, a white arm with a black watch band reaches forward to stroke the chin of Penny, a white Catahoula leopard dog with a pink and brown freckled nose, one open blue eye, and one closed eye. Her ears hang down along her head and both have injuries on the tips. The background is blurred to obscure the permanent mess of the kitchen shelves behind Penny.

If we’re linked on Instagram, you’ve already briefly met this beautiful girl. However, I’d prefer to formally introduce her and share her story with you!

However, first, a fact: I didn’t anticipate to be introducing a canine to you immediately. In reality, I deliberate–and nonetheless do plan–to write down two posts about pet loss and grief, one particular to children shedding a pet and one particular to a cat shedding a canine greatest buddy. These posts will nonetheless come as a result of I believe they’re priceless. And, additionally, I didn’t anticipate to undertake a brand new canine till the spring.

Why the spring? Nicely, I believed housetraining within the winter can be a large ache. Additionally, John tore his labrum (shoulder cartilage… I believe?) and wanted to have a reasonably important surgical procedure the week between Christmas and New 12 months’s. I figured on prime of our common loopy life, plus his restoration (no driving for him for a month!!!), it wasn’t the proper time for a canine.

And the universe laughed.

And delivered us Penny.

Penny, the Catahoula leopard dog, with a mostly white coat and a smattering of brown spots on her hind end, reclines on a gray poof with a cream, red, and green knit blanket on top.

10 info about Penny:

  1. She had a LONG journey to our home. Confiscated from a hoarding state of affairs in Alabama, she was bumped to an overcrowded shelter. Then, a non-public rescue picked her (and certainly one of her puppies) up, then she was moved to a foster who wasn’t in a position to take care of her, so she was despatched to a different rescue and one other foster, after which–lastly–to our household.
  2. Due to her background, she’s a timid and fearful girl. We now have a LOT of skill-building to work on together with her!
  3. Penny is bilaterally deaf (deaf in each ears) and unilaterally blind (blind in her proper eye).
  4. She can not get sufficient affection. Like, in case you cease patting her to take a sip of our espresso, she nuzzles you till you get again to it. She desires to climb all the way in which into your lap or push towards your hip or lean in your shoulder at. all. occasions.
  5. Penny is terrified of Newt and Ripley and provides them a WIDE berth. Which is nice. It’s going to assist them belief her sooner, I believe.
  6. At her first go to to our vet, she was the most well-liked woman within the place! She soaked up all the eye, and ended up with a mostly-clean invoice of well being. She has hookworms (blech) and a bit of particles in her aspect the vet thinks is a bb (grrr) however in any other case she’s in nice form.
  7. Candy Penny doesn’t have the flexibility to stroll from room to room but. Why? No concept! She’s too scared to enter the kitchen in any respect, and he or she completely won’t stroll upstairs. We had a HUGE win when she began strolling from the bed room to the lounge on her personal. Nonetheless, she presses up towards the wall and skitters between these rooms. Within the meantime, I simply carry her all over the place. She’ll get it, and fortuitously I’ve tons of persistence (for animals)! 🙂
  8. After her first week with us, Penny grew to become assured sufficient to run across the yard, and he or she is now knowledgeable at zoomies! She has but to play with a toy, although, so we’re slowly serving to her learn to canine.
  9. She’s listed as a Catahoula leopard canine–a breed I do know nothing about however am having fun with studying! That mentioned, I’m going to DNA check her. Has anybody executed one lately? Is there a most well-liked model lately? I haven’t executed one since I did the Knowledge Panel with Cooper and Lucas so would love any insights!
  10. She’s principally white with a smattering of brown spots, together with one heart-shaped spot on her hip.
A closeup of the back right hip of Penny, the Catahoula leopard dog. Her coat is mostly white except a scattering of brown spots across her back end. This closeup shows one large heart-shaped spot in the middle of several brown splotches.

As you could already know, our household is studying ASL already–our daughter, Astrid, was born hard-of-hearing and attends a sign-immersive preschool program at our state’s Deaf faculty, so we have already got a strong background. That mentioned, this can be a complete new problem for me as a lifelong clicker coach! I must construct new expertise as I assist Penny alongside! I obtained a terrific referral for an area coach to work with, and I’m following these movies on YouTube.

I’ll have rather more to share, in fact, as we get to know Penny and go on this new journey collectively. I’ve at all times written about subjects associated to what I’m going by with my very own canines. That’s what began this weblog and the way I plan to proceed. So, whereas I coated remedy canine work with Emmett, reactive canine coaching with Lucas and Cooper, pit bull advocacy, and a lot extra particular to them, with fairly Penny, I’ve a lot extra to be taught and share. Some subjects off the highest of my head that I’ll be protecting: the double merle gene that causes these canines to be deaf or blind, coaching a deaf canine, coaching a partially-sighted canine, her breed data, and extra.

What would YOU prefer to learn about Penny or what normal canine subjects would you want to talk about in 2024? I’d like to know what you’re fascinated about and what you’d like to debate!

Within the meantime, let’s join on Instagram! I’m sharing gobs and gobs of Penny pics there and can chronicle her journey extra often in that area!


By Damian

Hi Damian, a talented website author who embraces her work with genuine enthusiasm. With an unwavering commitment to excellence, she combines her creative talent and technical expertise, creating sites that stand out for both style and substance.

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