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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 (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.
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.
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
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 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.
My name is Annie...I am having soooo much fun with my foster brothers, but I think it would be even MORE fun to have my very own family! My foster mommy says that I have LOTS of energy...but I am still a puppy, mommy thinks I am only about 1 year old, but I cant remember my birthday, so I'm no help.. 😉 I am a very good girl- I know where I am allowed to use the potty, I love having quiet time in my crate, and best of all- I LOVE EVERYONE...you name it, other puppies, cats, horses, kids and goats. I have worked really hard on learning my name and following basic commands and mommy says that I am very, very smart. I don't know what it means, but mommy said that I would PERFECT for agility work. I am a lab mix and am very athletic. In the evenings, I enjoy laying by the fire with my brothers (human and dog). I am a tiny girl, I only weigh about 35 pounds, so I'm the perfect size family pupper. Mommy said there is one thing about my new home that is an absolute...there must be a secure fence, or a commitment to keep me on lead at all times, as I get so excited that sometimes I don't think coming back is nearly as fun as exploring. I am a jumper so I would need a tall fence, or a commitment to train me!! If you are interested in meeting Annie, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Annie's adoption donation is $250 to help cover her medical costs while in rescue including vaccines, spay, microchipping and flea/heartworm prevention.
Meet Peanut...2yr old small, male stray looking for his furever home. Peanut is up to date on all vaccines and is FIV and FeLV negative. This little fella is very friendly and loves to be petted. Peanut only knows the world outside so it may take some time to acclimate to life indoors. This cuddle bug is getting comfortable being held and learning how to be a lap cat. He is being cared for and being kept warm by a couple who is praying this sweet boy finds a loving home. Current care givers will assist with neutering cost in return for a donation to the Cheddar Fund at Cryan Veterinary Hospital in Westerville or Speak for the Unspoken rescue. For more information please email Vanessa Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Coming soon! Part of our Grey's Anatomy Litter. Jackson Avery and Dr. Mc Dreamy are going to be looking for their forever homes in just a few short weeks. They have recently left momma for their own foster home where they can start to learn house breaking and crate training and how to get lots of love and have puppy fun! Momma is an Aussie/Great Dane mix and dad was a neighborhood wanderer, so we are guessing they are going to be around 50 - 60lbs, but that's just a guess. If you are interested in meeting Jackson or Mc Dreamy, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Their adoption donation includes being current on vaccinations, worming, flea and tick prevention, neutering and microchipping.
SENIOR CHIHUAHUA SEEKING LIFETIME COMPANION My name is Jordie and Iâm a senior Chihuahua. I was with my ex for nine years before I was either dumped or left to roam, with no attempts to reclaim me. The warden said I was running at large and therefore in violation of the law. I was imprisoned for breaking the law. I was given three days to live unless I was reclaimed. Day one went by. I was so sure my family would come looking for me. They didnât come. Day two. Still nothing. I was so scared. There were no familiar faces, I was in a cage, and heard the sounds of other dogs barking for mercy. Day Three. I was losing hope. I was a faithful companion for nine years, am I no longer worthy of your love because I grew older? Why havenât you come for me? I still love you. With only hours left, there was finally a glimmer of hope. Speak for the Unspoken saved me from my death sentence. The prison guards took me out and gave me to my foster moms. I tucked my tail between my legs, shuffled slowly across the floor, and went with them. After a few days with my fosters, I began to feel like myself again. My tail perked up. I made friends and even played a bit. My legs started feeling better and I galloped around the yard! Ahh to be free! Now that I'm on the market again, I am looking to spend my golden years with a lifetime companion, someone who isn't afraid of commitment. I enjoy taking myself out of the doggy door to sunbathe. I also enjoy cuddling. Manners are important to me. I am potty trained and will treat your home like my own, with the utmost respect. Although Iâm a gentlemen, I insist on sleeping in your bed from day one. In turn for all of my spectacular qualities, I will need someone to appreciate my maturity. It would be my preference to be with a calm family who can spend plenty of time loving me. I would also love a small doggy friend to play with. Old guys need lovin' too. Do I sound like the guy for you? If you are interested in adoption Jordie, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Jordie's adoption donation is $150 to help defray some of the medical costs incurred while in rescue including neuter, vaccines, heartworm check, flea and heartworm prevention, microchipping and dental cleaning. Jordie does have some cardiac issues that we will be happy to discuss. He will require a six month vet check and annual cardiac examinations.
Hello, my name is Gunther! I am a 10 week old male Blue Healer/Aussie mix. I am working hard on potty training, but it's been super cold outside so I still have an occasional accident in the house. To help keep me safe and out of trouble, I'm also learning about crate training. I'm doing pretty well, but between you and me, I prefer cuddling over time in my crate. My foster dad tells me I'm his favorite because I give great cuddles...I'm not convinced Dad doesn't tell my sister the same thing, but when it is dinner time, she has such a big mouth! I'm just starting to look for my furever family. My dad says I have to get fixed first... whatever that means. So, if you are looking for the perfect cuddling partner, go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. I will be current on my puppy vaccinations, wormed, neutered and microchipped.
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.
Meet Sprinkles. Sprinkles came to Speak! from Detroit. She found in a city shelter and was taken into foster care with a very caring employee who wanted to give Sprinkles the best shot at a perfect life. She reached out to Speak! for assistance and then drove her several hours south so she could grow up a Buckeye! Sprinkles is completely blind, but it doesn't stop her from anything! She has quickly mapped out her foster home and travels easily from room to room and even outside. She is working hard on potty training, but frankly, it's been freaking cold outside and would prefer staying inside! She plays very hard and doesn't seem to have a preference as to the size of playmate. Sprinkles has also been around younger children and while she doesn't mind, any small children in the family should be small breed savy. She weighs in around 3 pounds and is a ball of fluff. She will require daily brushing and regular grooming. Sprinkles is looking for a home, preferably with another dog to provide seeing-eyed services and to help wear her out. Even though Sprinkles is a small breed, lap sized dog, she is not really a lap dog. She does calm down around bed time and will settle on the couch to listen to some TV, she still would rather be out exploring and getting into trouble. If you are interested in meeting Sprinkles, please fill out an application at www.speakfortheunspoken.com. Sprinkles will be available for adoption after she is spayed in the coming weeks. Her adoption fee is $290 which will help cover some of the medical expenses while in rescue.
Hi! My name is Kevin! I am one year old. I was a little guy left in the shelter a few months back with a badly broken leg. Fortunately, an amazing group came and got me and rushed me to the specialist at Medvet where my leg was unable to be to be saved. So now Iâm a super cute three legged dog! My foster mom laughs because I outrun all the other dogs in the home. I am a jack Russell terrier and meet the stereotypes and traits that go along with the breed. This means Iâm smart as a whip, agile, and have a LOT of personality. Because Iâm so smart, I enjoy completing doggy puzzles, exercise, and companionship. I have lived with children ages 1-10, love other animals, and even live with cats. Foster mom is shocked how gentle and polite I am with cats. I will require a home that is also okay with me being deaf. Foster mom says this makes me more special and we communicate in other ways. I will need someone who understands patience because I donât quite have the crate training thing down, so foster mama lets me sleep in the bed. I am house trained and walk nicely on a harness (I do get excited when I see other dogs, my little nub tail goes wild and my excitement level rises). My ideal home would be with a family who enjoys the energy and personality of a jack Russell terrier and would make me part of the family and take me on vacation to the beach! If youâre looking for a three-legged, deaf, spunky (yet gentle soul), Iâm youâre man! 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.
Hi! My name is Steele. Iâm roughly a 6-8 month old Aussie (double Merle) and boy am I full of energy! Iâm blind in my left eye from breeding complications but that hasnât slowed me! Sure I bump into a few things every now and then but big sisters who I LOVE playing with, make sure Iâm okay. Iâm about 35-40 lbs so you can pick me up for cuddles! I have a history of seizures but I take medication for it. Iâm super friendly, doesnât matter if itâs another dog or a person, everyone is my friend! My foster mom and dad are working really hard on getting me fully potty trained and helping me better understand my basic commands like âsitâ and âlay downâ. Iâm even learning how to shake! Iâve been neutered, crate trained, got all my vaccines, and got myself a microchip so I can always find my way back home. Iâve got my sight set on finding a family who is active and hopefully has another high energy dog that can be my new brother or sister! I would really love to have a fenced in yard where I can burn off some of my energy. I donât really know my name yet and since Iâm still a puppy, I donât really know what ânoâ means but Iâm learning! If you decide to be my furever family I promise Iâll try not to chew on anything you donât want me to! If you would like to meet Steele, please fill out an application at www.speakfortheunspoken.com. Steele's adoption donation will be $250 to help cover some of the medical costs incurred while in rescue.
Meet Princess! Princess is a 1 year beagle mix weighing only 20lbs with a forever wagging tail. Her two favorite things in life are people and other dogs. Princess also enjoys squeaky toys and learning new tricks. Whether itâs a long walk/run or cuddling on the couch she just wants to be by your side. Princess is UTD on shots, spayed, house-trained and crate-trained. Princess would love to find a home with another four-legged friend. Princess hopes to find a family to call her own and love forever! If you would like to meet Princess, please go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com and fill out an application. Princess's adoption donation is $250 to help defray some of the medical expenses incurred while in rescue.
Meet Cody! At just a year old, this Heinz 57 mutt (seriously, we have no clue) was rescued from a Gallia County animal shelter. He had a rough start in life but it hasn't affected his happy-go-lucky and sweet personality one bit. Cody weighs 21 pounds and would be a perfect dog for just about anyone. Really. He's small enough for most apartments but not so small that he might get hurt playing with young children. He's young with a long life ahead of him but old enough to be past the puppy crazies. And he loves everyone and everything. You want to go for a jog? Yay!! You want to cuddle on the couch? Awesome! Cody is up to date on his shots, neutered, crate-trained, well-begun on house-training and basic obedience, and ready to go to his forever home. If you are ready to make this loving and handsome pup a member of your family, just go to www.speakfortheunspoken.com to apply.