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Merle to Merle Breeding … by Keller’s Cause
“Merle” is a desired coat pattern in several breeds. Breeding two merle patterned dogs together puts each puppy at a 25% risk of inheriting the merle gene from each parent. These puppies are called “double merles,” and they are often born with a mostly white coat.
Lack of pigmentation in certain areas causes developmental issues like deafness and blindness. A large majority of double merles are born with these issues, and they’re completely preventable.
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Emma is a three year old mixed breed. She was picked up as a stray by the shelter and unfortunately her owners did not claim her. Emma has been in a foster home since January 2017. Emma is very smart, she sits and shakes with both paws like a champ and can even open doors to let herself into the house if she doesnât want to wait for you. Emma enjoys shredding dog toys to rip out the squeakers! Her favorite treats are peanut butter and any kind of cheese she can get her paws on. Emma does fantastic in her kennel and has never had an accident in the house. She will let you know when she needs to go outside by the sound of her bark. Speaking of her bark, Emma has a big bark. If you need a deterrent in your homeâ¦she is your girl. Emma sounds much bigger than 65 pounds! She is a bit of a loner, she is perfectly content chewing on a bully stick or a treat on the couch or in her kennel. She doesnât require a lot of maintenance. However, in the past several months, Emma has become more affectionate and I am sure this will continue as she learns to trust humans and is in a stable home. The first time she let us give her a belly rub was a huge win! Of course, now she expects belly rubs and butt scratches. She is a quick learner! Emma would do best as an only animal in the house and no small children due to her size and strength. Exercise every day to vent her energy is important. She doesnât need a marathon, but a quick walk or two a day makes her happy. She loves to walk and sniff around. A fenced yard would be beneficial, as she will entertain herself with toys and she gets the zoomies every now and then! She is also a fan of biting at the water coming from the hose in the summer. She provided lots of entertainment to her foster family by doing this every time the hose was out. A quiet home would be perfection for Emma. This is a lot to ask, but I am hoping that we can find her a forever home with patient owners that will continue her training. Emma is available for adoption. Steffen Baldwin has generously offered to provide initial training to the family that adopts this sweet girl. If you are interested in adopting Emma and giving her a happy life, please visit www.speaktheunspoken.com and complete an application.
Weaver Weaver is a 2-year-old (give or take) Catahoula hound with some impaired vision who was found as a running stray in Georgia. Weaver is a very special boy, and so will require a special household willing to go slow with him to meet his needs. Weaver needs plenty of exercise and a consistent schedule with his humans. Weaver needs down time and attachment to a human or two to make him feel secure. Excessively busy households will not work for him. Therefore, while he loves meeting young kids on his regular walks, it may not be the best fit for him in a home. He tends to ignore cats if the cats ignore him. He has a good handle on basic commands but needs more work on those commands to help his best disposition shine through. He is house and crate trained. He may do well with a slow introduction to another laid back dog, but would definitely do best as an only dog. Weaver is a real lover. Outside he loves to take long walks every day, run, chase rabbits and roll in the grass (especially while getting a belly rub.) Inside he loves snuggling alone in his bed, getting kisses between the eyes and playing with toys as well as working on commands like sit, touch, look at me, come, down and leave it. One thing heâll need very special attention to is learning to go up and down flights of stairs. He can do up to four but needs some loving training to get him up and down farther.. If you are interested in meeting Weaver, please fill out an application at www.speakfortheunspoken.com. His adoption fee is $250 to help defray some of the medical costs he has incurred while in rescue.
Hi! My Name is Mario. I came to my foster home in Central Ohio all the way from a shelter in Portage County. The shelter thought I would be better suited to be with Speak because they specialize in special need animal rescue. Oh yea, did I mention? I am deaf. But donât worry, that just makes me special, not different because I get to learn sign language. Right now, I know sit and come. I am eager to find my new family who will teach me more signs. I like to run around too and play with other girl dogs. I am okay with boy dogs if girls arenât around. I am a gentleman and I like tend to be protective of girl dogs. My foster mom says I am what some people might call a âvelcroâ dog. I love to follow my foster mom from room to room and be by her at all times. I mean really, who doesnât like to hang out on the couch with their foster momma and watch TV? I forgot to mention, I am great with kids too! I am okay with catsâ¦I do like to sneak and get their food though. But I have to say I am super sweet boy and probably the most loyal dog on earth. I also give the best hugs. Hopefully we will have a chance to hang out sometime and I will give you one. If you are interested in meeting Mario, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Mario's adoption donation will be $250 which helps cover some of the costs incurred while in rescue including neutering, vaccines, heartworm check, flea ad heartworm preventative and microchipping.
Meet Willow! I am a very sweet girl who loves to get a lot of attention, belly rubs, snuggles in your lap, and of course tons of treats! I am pretty laid back, but when I get outside in my favorite fenced-in yard, I like to let loose! I love all dogs and I do like to play if they are willing. And your probably wondering how I get around so well by looking at my pictures. I have an awesome sniffer and can see shadows. Sometimes I can't figure out what I'm looking at, so I try to let out a growl just in case it's something scary! But once I know it's nothing, I stop acting tough. But I don't know any different, so don't feel sorry or worry about me. I'm still your typical dog that might just be a little more klingy because I do rely on you to help guide me through some things. So to help keep me potty trained, please guide me to the door to go outside until I learn my way, new places can be a little scary at first until I get used to my surroundings. But as long as I have my human best friend by my side, it helps me feel safe and I know everything will be ok. But the one thing that scares me the most is cages! My fommy says I'm claustrophobic, so she never puts me in one and I love it! And don't worry, I dont chew on anything while left out alone, but I do like having a bone or toy incase I do get bored. I also love lounging in a laundry basket with blankets, it's so comfy! And of course at night, I love to sleep with my humans. They cuddle so good! So if you would like for me to join your perfect family, I would love to meet you! And I know you're out there, and I cannot wait to become yours! If you would like to meet Willow and get to know more about her, please reach out! You can apply to adopt her at speakfortheunspoken.com
Bella was abandoned by an owner who promised to take her back after a month in foster and then threatened to have her euthanized if the foster didnât keep her. This beautiful girl deserves better than that! Bella is just a year old and has a beautiful âmackerelâ tabby coat with super soft fur and striking white toes. And those eyes! She is very affectionate and loves to be picked up, cuddled, and pet. She gets along well with other cats and with dogs who leave her alone, but she wouldnât mind being an only child either. Bella is physically healthy, but does require a high-quality grain-free food to prevent bladder problems, which she is otherwise prone to. You can adopt this loving girl through Speak through the Unspoken, www.speakfortheunspoken.com.
Hi!! My name is Amelia. I am a 3 year old 45 lb. mixed breed pup that currently living in a foster home in Central Ohio. Before I moved to my foster home, I was living in the Franklin County Dog Shelter. I needed to leave the shelter because of my separation anxiety. I canât help it, I LOVE to be around humans they are my favorite! I absolutely love snuggling, so hopefully I find a family who will let me cuddle them on the couch while we watch TV or in bed. Sometimes when you arenât watching, I might sneak under the covers If you are looking for a dog to go on adventures with, I am your girl! I even love riding in the car! My favorite days are ones when I get to go in the car and take a ride to the park then go exploring. I love long walks in the woods but would love to be able to run with someone or next to someone longboarding or biking. I try to get 20-30 minutes of exercise a day, you know, thatâs how I keep my slim figure and helps keep me happy! Even though my life was not wonderful before Speak and I was awfully scared in the shelter, I have a great support system now. I trained with Steffen Baldwin to learn how to be a good doggo and Sam Short has helped me master my anxieties. My future forever home will get help from Sam to learn the special skills he has taught me. On top of that, I am crate trained, muzzle trained, know sit, down, stay and come. Because of my life before Speak, I will need go slow meeting new doggo friends in my future home but I think I would like to have a friend to keep me company. I have always wanted a best friend. I am going to tell you a secret. My Holiday Wish this year is to find a forever family. I canât think of anything better. I know someone out there is perfect for me and Santa will send them my way. If you want to know more about me just ask! You can apply to adopt me at speakfortheunspoken.com. Hope to meet you soon! If you are interested in meeting Amelia, please visit www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an adoption application today! #adoptdontshop #asseenincolumbus #mixedbreed #heinz57 #61fur #fosteringsaveslives #ittakesavillage @steffenbaldwin @dogsbysam_
Hello! My name is Beau and I know, I know, I have beautiful eyes. "I am sexy and I know it", but, did you know I am almost 2 years old and I am an Aussie/lab mix? Yup, that's right. I love to "jump, jump jump up, jump up and get down"!!!! My foster mom is teaching me when it's ok to jump around. I am a very good boy and I don't even need to be crated! I sleep with my 2 and 4 legged siblings every night. I enjoy playing with my toys and my fur siblings. I love snuggling on the couch too! I walk well on a leash but beware, I like to " do my little turn on the catwalk". I would be happiest in a home with a fence to keep me safe and another active playmate. I love female Aussies!!!! Soooooo "all the single ladies" I am available for adoption at speakfortheunspoken.com. Don't keep me waiting!!!! Beau's adoption fee is $250 which helps cover some of the medical costs incurred while in rescue including vaccines, neutering, worming, heartworm check and microchipping. If you would like to meet Beau, please fill out an application at www.speakfortheunspoken.com.
Hello World! My name is Snow (my foster mommy calls me snowball though - cause Iâm not super graceful) and you can probably see why they named me Snow... cause Iâm all white, ya know, like snow! I love all animals and people and I want to play with them all day everyday. Iâm a bulldog mix and have a ton of energy (I go like the energizer bunny till my foster mommy makes me go in my crate for a nap) and like most bully type dogs I? like to chew on things...all the things. I have tons of fun at the dog park and with my foster fur siblings, but my new family will have to watch me because I get really excited and wonder off sometimes because life is exciting to me BUTTTT I canât hear when you call me, because Iâm deaf, not because I want to ignore you. My foster mom says I like to talk when I play, but other than that Iâm pretty quiet. I love snuggles but if I see other animals around I would obviously rather go play with them because sitting still for snuggles is so boring! I enjoy walks and Iâm getting better at not pulling and jumping on everyone I see. I never ever have accidents in my crate but sometimes I get too busy playing and forget I need to go outside and have an accident, my mom says that will happen because Iâm still a baby (almost 6 months old as a matter of fact!) I would love a family that had another dog since I love to play and wrestle a whole lot. I love kids too, but I get excited and knock them over a lot so maybe older kids would be better. I also like to lick the cats and chase them around the house so if you have a kitty who likes dogs that would be swell. An active lifestyle will be a requirement for me but I also need someone who can give me enough security to relax. If you want to learn more about me, please fill out an application. My foster family and I would love to meet you!!
Hi, I'm Frito and yes, Iâm a Bandito.* I'm a neutered, 63 # (chocolate) Lab mix baby with a heart of gold and a great attitude. My papers say Iâm deaf but I have some limited hearing in specific ranges. Itâs hard to know whatâs deafness and whatâs just âLab hearing lossâ. I'm totally housebroken and love to play in the yard with my BFF Hugo. The most fun is to hit the doggie door really hard, run down the ramp, bark at stuff, run back up the ramp, and tell everyone in the house how exciting it is in the yard. I can do that over and over again if you want me to. I find other dogs fascinating and love to play with everyone but sometimes Iâm a little annoying to older dogs because Iâm so enthusiastic! When Iâm not busy playing with one of my BFFs, I love cuddling with people on the couch. *About the Bandito thing, I canât help it, Iâm kind of a typical Lab, EVERYTHING goes in my mouth. Iâm learning a new command, âDrop itâ and Iâm smart so Iâm getting pretty good at it. Since I have an âactive mouthâ, itâs best that I rest in my crate when the humans are away. I like to work on a frozen kong before I have a little nap. Iâm learning to use a Gentle Leader to work on my walking manners cuz I'm strong and outdoors is so exciting. Iâm pretty good at Sit and weâre working on Down and Stay (that one is REALLY hard!). Plus, Iâm learning âOff!â cuz sometimes I like to give surprise hugs. I have been learning about cats and Iâm pretty good except when they make noise. Then I think they want to playâ¦which, as it turns out, is not always true ?. But I have a serious side and despite my youth, Iâm a pretty good watchdog. I have a big bark that should deter anyone foolish enough to try to enter my house. I think Iâd be really happy if I had some kids to play with and/or another dog in a house with a fenced-in yard. Wonât you come meet me and let me show you what a great addition Iâd be to your family? If you are interested in meeting Frito, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. My adoption fee is $250 to help defray some of the costs of my veterinary care, including neutering, vaccines, heartworm and flea prevention and microchipping.
I am Sitron, a 3.5 month old, 27 lb bundle of cuteness (1/16/18.) I am listed as a Catahoula Leopard Dog mix....hmmmm, foster mama thinks the other part of the mix must be a hound, because I am kind of long and have short legs. I hitched a ride from Texas and am not sure why my foster siblings love to sit out in the cold snow. Now, if we are going to have an all out chase and wrestle session, then, I am ok with the snow. I LOVE to be the chaser. I would love to go to a home with a larger dog. Otherwise, I prefer to be inside either sleeping or getting in to things? I have made huge strides very quickly with potty training...almost there. I sleep in my crate, which I am getting used to. I am hearing impaired...still trying to get foster mama to figure out what I can here and what I can't. I am a little shy and need to go out and slowly learn about the world. I am neutered, up to date on vaccines and microchipped. If you would like to meet Sitron, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application.
âHi! My name is Kevin! Iâm a one year old jack russell terrier who had a ruff start. I was left at the local dog shelter with a badly broken leg. Fortunately, this great group called Speak for the Unspoken saved me. However, my leg was unable to be saved so now I have three legs. That doesnât stop me! I am also deaf because I inherited a recessive trait in my genes, but I am being taught basic sign language skills in foster care. I am still a classic, high energy jack russell! I am constantly on the go and need a family that can show me stability and routine since I havenât had any in the past. Iâm a lot of fun and am working on some basic house skills. I enjoy the company of other dogs and am learning a lot from them. Ideally, I need a fenced yard because I am a little too excitable on the leash. Foster mom says Iâm going to make an amazing companion for a lucky family. Iâm very social with people and enjoy hogging my people to myself. I currently attend doggy day care to help keep me busy, so Iâd love a family to continue my training that Iâve learned so far in foster care. I promise, Iâll be worth it! Will you adopt me!?â If you are interested in meeting Kevin, please fill out an application at www.speakfortheunspoken.com. His adoption fee is $250 to help defray some of the medical costs incurred while in rescue.
Some small changes to Brunoâs bio. This boy needs some shares ?? My name is Bruno. Iâm a 60lb 10 month old Pointer mix. I love other dogs, I will chase cats but not hurt them and Iâm really good with little humans. My favorite things to do are play with my four legged foster sister then fall asleep on my foster mom or dad. I love to chew things so I need lots of toys to keep me busy. I also LOVE to run outside so my forever home would need to have a fence or I might go explore where I shouldnât. If you like to run I would love to run on my leash with you, my human foster sister does that with me. Some days I go to doggy daycare and play with my other dog friends. I really love going there and I burn off all my energy so I am a tired boy. My foster mom says when I get all that exercise and play time that I donât get into anything Iâm not supposed when I get home, I just want to curl up on the couch with a human. I am super sweet but need some work on my manners. Iâm getting some training to help with them and since Iâm so smart I wonât have any trouble learning them, my new family should still practice what Iâve learned in training just so I donât get rusty. I donât hear most things but Iâm still super smart. As long as you take me outside I donât have any accidents. Remember even though Iâm big I am still a puppy so I canât go too long without going potty. Iâm just a friendly boy who will be a great addition to the right family. Bruno is neutered and will be up to date on shot, heart worm and flea & tick medication. He would love to meet you and find his forever home If you are interested in meeting Bruno, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Bruno's adoption donation is $250 which helps cover the veterinary costs incurred while in rescue including neutering, vaccinations, heartworm and flea prevention, and microchipping.
Parka is a 10 month old female Pomsky which is a mix between a Husky and a Pomeranian. She was born without retinas and a product of a puppy mill breeder. She is a very sweet girl that navigates through life just fine without her sight. She is 25lbs, house and crate trained, spayed, UTD on vaccine, on heart worm and flea prevention and very affectionate. Parka always wants to be where you are. She is dog and cat friendly and even thorough she canât see them likes to chase cats. She would do well in a home with other friendly pets but would also be fine in a home without other pets. If you are looking for a constant companion and a young sweet pup Parka is the one for you. If you are interested in meeting Parka, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application.
Meet Argos!! He is named after the small town in Indiana where he was found. We call him Ari for short. Argos is a Sheltie with some vision & hearing impairment. This does not stop him. You just call a little louder & glass doors are a little confusing other than that his impairments don't seem to be an issue for him. He gets along with his doggie friends at daycare. And loves playing with his foster dog sisters. If you are interested in meeting Argos, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.comand fill out an application. Argos's adoption fee is $250 which covers medical expenses incurred while in rescue including neuter, vaccines, microchipping , worming and heartworm prevention.
Meet Midnight She has severely impaired vision, but we have noticed that she does seem to be able to notice light and dark. She is also deaf, though her foster mom says she seems to be able to hear higher-pitched sounds. Little Midnight is also having some seizures, but is controlled with medications. Despite her medical issues, she is thriving in her foster home. She loves to play with other dogs, and is friendly with the resident cats. Sheâs out of her element on a leash, but when her foster mother put her on a leash splitter with another dog, she was happy to simply follow along. The foster feels she would best be placed in a home with another playful dog that would not mind a tag-along. Watching her is truly heartwarming. Like so many dogs, she reminds us that her issues can be met with grace, and even cheer. Midnight is a confident puppy that does not startle easily despite her conditions. We can honestly see her fitting into any loving family that could work around her special needs, provide another playful pup, and keep her on any necessary medications. If you are interested in Midnight, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application.
Hi my name is Ophelia. I came to Ohio from Missouri with my sisters for a second chance at a better life. I am an Aussie shepherd mix, about 12 weeks old, spayed, up to date on vaccines, and microchipped. I am adventurous and love to be outside and play! If you're up for tossing me a ball, playing frisbee or would just like a running buddy, please fill out an application at www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. I'm waiting on my new best friend!
My name is Desdemona. I travelled from Missouri with my sisters for a second chance at a perfect life. I didn't have the best puppyhood- I didn't get a chance to get out and learn about the real world, so I'm a little shy in new situations. My foster family says that I am coming out of my shell (whatever that means, I'm not a turtle) and I just need a family that will be patient with me while I learn my way. I am spayed and current on vaccinations and have been microchipped. I'm already for my forever family. If you think that you are up for some puppy love, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application.
Hi, my name is Tulip! I'm a 15 week old Australian Shepherd/Catahoula pup. I am double Merle and was born blind and deaf, but I don't let that slow me down too much - I am still your typical fun-loving puppy!! I love play with my toys and other dogs. I am very brave but also very sweet, I love to cuddle and just be near you. My fur is soooo soft!! My foster mom says I am a very good girl. I entertain myself easily with a toy or a chew bone, and am really good at sleeping in my crate. Like all young puppies, I am working on my potty training and learning quickly! If you are interested in meeting Tulip, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Tulip's adoption donation is $290 which helps cover her medical expenses while in rescue including spay, vaccines, worming and heartworm medication, and microchipping.