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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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One of our long-term fosters is officially up for adoption! Meet Chevy! Chevy is a handsome 4 year old, 70 lb, pitbull who was picked up from Franklin County Animal Shelter the day he was supposed to be euthanized. He was a shelter favorite and he continues to be a favorite in his foster home. This wonderful boy has endured a lot. He underwent two ACL surgeries on his hind legs and has recovered well from both of them. He shows off his new knees jumping and running in the backyard with wild abandon. Donât be fooled though, he loves to stay close to his people and does well off leash. Chevy has anxiety with large groups of people and new people in general. He is also afraid of thunderstorms, the vet, and being left alone for long periods of time. He prefers to travel with his humans if possible. Chevy will need a special home that is experienced with pitbulls. He will need a strong handler that isnât afraid of his size or his bark. He will also need a home that does not have little kids since he does not know his own strength. Chevy is an extremely wonderful and loyal dog if given the chance. He is well-trained but has the stubbornness of a pitbull nonetheless. Multiple home visits may be necessary in order to ensure proper placement and knowledge of his personality quirks. If you want to meet this beautiful boy, please complete an application at www.speakfortheunposken.com. The adoption donation is $250.00.
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 (AKA Dreamweaver) 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.
Jaden is a handsome boy who happens to be deaf. He is approximately 3 yrs. old and 46 lbs. Jaden does not show well when he's in his kennel. Please ask the staff to get him out. Jaden warms up slowly to new people but once he does all is good. He becomes calm and affectionate. He tends to get along with dogs his own size and it seems that he prefers females over males. If interested, go to http://www.cttrhs.org click on adopt and fill out an application! It's probably best for our bully breed dogs to find a home with no small children, cats or small dogs. Once the dog settles in, their family would be the best one to decide if adding others would be a good idea. JADEN IS IN BATAVIA OH< CLERMONT COUNTY>>>>>>>>> Our $75 adoption fee ($50 for seniors) includes: spay/neuter, microchip, HWT, DAPP and Bordetella vaccines, Strongid deworming, and current Clermont County License. Our hours of operation are Mon/Tues 11:30-4, Wed 11:30-6, Thurs CLOSED, Fri 11:30-6, Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Call the shelter at 732-8854 for more details. Support our shelter and save a life by adopting!
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.
Hi, my name is Aries and I am an approximately 2 year old Deaf Pit Bull Mix. I came to Speak from FCDS after getting ACL repair surgery and am now in my foster home in the Cleveland area where I spend my days napping alongside my foster ?dog? brothers. In fact, I have yet to meet a dog that I do not like. I am a big fan of Peanut Butter, car rides and rolling in the grass to make my foster mom laugh. My foster brothers and I are also the designated Neighborhood Watch Dogs so I spend a lot of my day monitoring the neighborhood from the couch by the front window. If you are looking for a Professional Napper/Cuddler or your very own personal heating unit for the cold winters, I am your guy! If you are interested in meeting me, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Arie's adoption donation is $250 to help defray some of his medical costs while in rescue.
Meet little miss Ivy! She is a petite 19 pound deaf and vision impaired red Merle catahoula. Ivy is very much a cuddle bug. She loves to play with her sister Waffles and her favorite foster sister Xena. Ivy is working on house breaking and crate training as well as learning sit and down. Ivy's ideal home would have a fenced in yard and another dog to show her the ropes. Ivy can become a little scared of new things so she'll need a family so show her all the fun things to do in life!! Ivy is being fostered in Pittsburgh. If you were interested in meeting Ivy, please visit our website www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application today!Ivy's adoption fee is $290 to help cover medical costs while in rescue including Spay, vaccines, worming, flea and heartworm prevention and microchipping.
WAFFLES! Thats right, my name is Waffles! And I am just as good as the ones you eat. Probably better! 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 incase 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 Waffles and get to know more about her, please reach out! You can apply to adopt her at speakfortheunspoken.com
Hi! My name is Chloe! I'm a 2 year old Boxer/Pitbull mix who loves to nap! I'm deaf; which makes me especially great at napping because all the other dogs in the neighborhood don't wake me up! I came from Indiana but I love it here in Columbus, Ohio. Everyone tells me they love my two different colored eyes. I'm super smart and I listen to my foster mom. I know stay, leave it, lay down, and come, but my favorite is good girl! I also enjoy following my foster mom around whether it's laundry, dinner time, or a stroll around the neighborhood. I walk so well on a leash! I am low energy and my foster mom says I am one of the easiest pups to take care of. I am house trained and hang out in the kitchen while my foster mom is at work. I'm not sure yet about crates but I am an angel when confined to the kitchen. I sleep all night on my giant queen sized sofa dog bed. I'm spayed, microchipped, and up to date on vaccines and preventatives. While I do amazing on a leash I get stressed out if let loose with other dogs and cats, so I would do best in a home with no other pets. If you are interested in meeting Chloe, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Chloe is also starting reactivity training to help her adjust to life with other pets. Her adoption fee is $250 to help cover some of the medical costs incurred while in rescue.
Meet Bella! A 1.5 year old cat. She is loving, snuggly, and gets along with dogs and cats after given some time to adjust. She is a quiet girl that will talk to you when she wants to be petted. Her favorite spots are high places in the home, with a definitely love for cardboard. Her fur is SUPER soft making her a perfect warm companion on cold days. She also enjoys being picked up. If you are interested in meeting Bella, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application.
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_
Hi, I am Karma(foster name Pumpkin.) I am about 5 months old and a total sweety! I am growing fast at about 40 pounds with some big paws and a lot of extra skin. I know you are going to ask what breed I am, foster mama says my mom was a "soft-coated happy go lucky" and my dad was a " long-tailed wagging wiggle butt." I would be happiest in a home that has a dog that loves to play. I LOVE my 11 year old human and I enthusiastically wake him up every morning with more wiggle than a weeble. I would do good around older kids if they understood my needs, probably not younger ones because I do not see very well. The great people at Speak for the Unspoken took me to MedVet for my eyes and got me as set as possible for my future. I had one eye removed (would have to be removed when I got older to avoid pain) and the third eyelid trimmed on the underdeveloped eye. Since I can't take an eye test and tell the doctor what I see, all the humans know is there is some sight. I am spayed, microchipped, utd on vaccines and ready for my special family. If you are interested in meeting me, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. My adoption fee will be $290 to help cover some of the medical costs I have incurred while in rescue, including neutering, vaccines, worming, flea and heartworm prevention, microchipping and my eye surgeries.
Hi, I am Wave????. I am about 4 months old and weigh in at a whooping 14 pounds. I think I will stay under 30 lbs as an adult. The shelter says I am an Australian Shepherd/Heeler mix, which sounds about right. I am smart, agile, coordinated and spunky! I LOVE my foster siblings and am looking for a home with another dog that has energy and loves to play. I do not care how big they are, I play with dogs 4 times my size and am all in the pile of fur. I have my calm side, too. Foster mama carries me around like a baby and I don't mind. I will need a fenced in yard because I can not hear. I might have some sight issues, but, not enough to hinder catching my fur siblings! I am spayed, up to date on vaccines and looking for my forever home. If you would like to meet me, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. My adoption fee is $290 to help cover some of the medical costs incurred while in rescue including spaying, vaccines, worming, heartworm and flea prevention, and micro chipping.
âMEET PATCHES! Patches is a 7-8 year young, purebred border collie. He didnât have the best owner before because she dumped him at the shelter and kept her young, new dog. Patches is house trained, crate trained, and an indoor snuggle buddy. Patches will make a great family dog as he loves everything. Patches loves other dogs. He is a typical, very intelligent border collie. Patches enjoys playing fetch for hours with his family, laying on his back snuggling his foster mama, and walks politely on a leash! Patches is a very well rounded, intelligent, diamond in the rough. Patches has small droop on the right side of his face, but it doesnât affect him or change that heâs pretty much the most perfect dog EVER. Want to adopt Patches? Apply today to meet your future baby! Please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application.
Priscilla is a neglected 4 year old female Yorkshire Terrier puppy mill mama who is done with her days of having litter after litter. As you can see, she is missing quite a bit of fur, but we think sheâs absolutely beautiful and hope that soon her fur will grow out so everyone else can see it too. Priscilla is timid and not appropriate for a family with children. She is learning to go potty outside and is good about âholding itâ but will need patience to complete house training. She loves to cuddle and run around outside and she is learning to be a dog after spending her whole life in a puppy mill with no attention or freedom. Priscilla will be happiest with another small dog and a person who is home a lot so she can be the lap princess she was destined to be. If you are interested in meeting Priscilla, please fill out an application at www.speakfortheunspoken.com. Priscilla's adoption fee is $250 to help cover some of the costs incurred while in rescue including spaying, heartworm check and prevention, vaccines, microchipping, and worming.
Meet Beau! Beau is a young (~1 year old) neutered male Australian Shepherd mix, who was found as a stray. Beau is handsome, with blue merle coloring and tan points. His most striking features are his eyes- one of which is ice-blue, and the other which is marbled brown/blue. He is a joyful and loving dog, who wants to be near humans. He bonds quickly, loves to be pet, and loves to play. He loves being outside, walks, and playing with toys. When Beau has a toy he thinks you'd want, he makes an adorable happy/proud grumble to let you know. Beau does fabulously with other dogs, and tends to defer to the more dominant dog. He hasn't met a dog he doesn't like so far, in foster-care. He is not aggressive with toys, or protective of food. He loves to puppy play, and play chase. He has been friendly with all people he has met while in foster-care. He aggressively wags his tail with the slightest look from humans (and also while he's eating, funnily enough). And while Beau would do extremely well in a home with another dog (or dogs), he is not good with cats or small mammals, as he tends to like to chase things that move. Beau is house-trained, and didn't know much else when he first came to foster. However, he is an extremely smart, food motivated dog and learned "sit" and "lay down" within one week. He is working on some basics, including not pulling on a leash or being startled by cars on walks, and not helping himself to food off counters. He has not at all been destructive at his foster home- no chewing on things that aren't toys, no scraping at doors, etc. Beau is desperately looking for his next best friend. He will make his next home a loving, loyal and joyful companion. 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. Beau is being fostered in the Pittsburgh area.
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!!
Welcome Frito to Speak! all the way from Texas! Frito just arrived and we are taking a few days to figure out his likes and needs. If you are interested in learning more about Frito and possibly meeting him, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application.
Hi, my name is Helen. Iâm a 15 pound bundle of love. My favorite activities are being carried around the house by my foster parents, cuddling with my foster families kitties, and playing with puzzle toys. I am completely blind, and 99% deaf according to my foster mom , but donât let that fool you, I have plenty of love to give. I am a small mixed breed, about 8 months old. When my family is away I play in a giant crate, but when they are home, and Iâm not being carried ? I wonder around the house being myself. I fit in with my foster siblings, 4 large dogs and two small ones. I occasionally have accidents in my crate when my people are gone, but I will potty outside if taken out in time. I sleep in bed with everyone, and I love to cuddle all night long. When I go out to potty I need to be walked on a leash, and I will circle and come sit on your feet to tell you Iâm done. Iâm not really into this winter weather, so I prefer to be inside. Let me know if you need a snuggle buddy for life, Iâm pretty awesome. Helen's adoption fee is $250 which helps cover some of the costs incurred while in rescue including spaying, vaccines, heartworm and flea prevention, worming and microchipping.
The Peanuts Pups are on their way to Columbus and they are looking for forever familys for the holidays! The picture posted is from a few weeks ago and they have definitely increased in size- they are each around 20lbs as of this week. Speak was contacted by a rescue in Missouri and asked if we could take a litter of pups that were hearing and vision impaired. Guess what! They do not have any impairments! but as we had already committed, we said we were sure we could find awesome homes in Ohio and made arrangements to bring them our way. They have completed their puppy series of vaccinations and are spayed and neutered and microchipped. Foster homes have been working with housebreaking and crate training. They are just waiting for their own family to make a fresh start. If you are interested in meeting one of the Peanuts Pups, please fill out an application at www.speakfortheunspoken.com. Their adoption donations will be $290 to help cover the medical costs while they were in rescue including vaccines, worming, heartworm and flea prevention, spay/neuter and microchipping.
Hello! I'm Sisco the Shar Pei. I just had entropian surgery on both of my eyes. Entropian means my eyes weren't shaped right and my eyelashes were scratching my eyes which really hurt. The doc says I'm ready for my forever home now and my eyes shouldn't cause any problems. I also have been neutered, my teeth were just cleaned, dewormed, flea treated, microchipped, and I am up to date on all my vaccines. I am a 4 year old super sweet guy. I am potty trained and enjoy some outside time but I love most being a couch potato and hanging out wherever my human is. It might take me a couple of minutes to warm up to new situations and people but I'm worth the wait. I get along well with other dogs. I don't do well in a crate, but I'm old enough that I don't need to be in one. My perfect home would be a quieter home. Small kids make me a little nervous so older kids or adults would be the best for me. Another dog or two for company would be great. I've never been around cats, but foster mom says I would probably do ok when introduced properly. If you're interested in some handsome wrinkles and an amazing personality, fill out an app and I can meet you in person. #speakfortheunspoken #fosteringsaveslives #smithfurfosters #mrsisco #handsomewrinkles #amazingpersonality #adoptdontshop #sharpei