Pets with disabilities. It’s a great day when I arrive home and see my little furry best friend! Violet is a full-blooded Jack Russel terrier. We got her when she was only 5 weeks old. Shortly after arriving back home, we found out that she was deaf. We just noticed that she wasn’t responding to any of our voices or whistles. We tested her the old-fashioned way with a metal can and coins. In fact, she was deaf. That didn’t discourage us one bit. We know she was sort of a rescue-type dog. I’m certain she would have been put down or abandoned. She has been a handful. We did have the ability to teach her some sign language. She can respond intelligently to various hand gestures. Come, sit, stay, potty, speak, and other basic commands. I wouldn’t recommend everyone adopting a deaf pup as it takes tremendous patience to teach them. I swear sometimes it’s like if she does not want to do something asked of her she just breaks eye contact with you as if she thinks she becomes invisible if she’s not looking back at it. That’s one of the hardest challenges. She is 8 years old now and living the good life. So glad that we put the time and effort into a dog with a disability. Be good to those little friends and they will give you nothing but love back!