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We are the proud owners of 4 Australian shepherd dogs. Their names are Sydney, Dixie, Lexie and Jag. In the beginning we were happy to own just 2, that was until our neighbors double merle broke into our kennel one August night and bred our merle. The end result was 7 beautiful pups, with one catch, 5 carried homozygous merle traits. All were healthy, however, Jag was born both deaf and somewhat sight impaired.
My son fell in love with this pup from the beginning even before we knew about his problem. We were able to find loving homes for most of the pups by Christmas but soon became aware that we would probably have to take Jag to an animal shelter where he would most likely be put down. We just couldn't do that. Christmas morning we gave the two remaining pups to our children for Christmas. The day after Christmas Jag ran off a retaining wall landing on his head and knocking himself out. Thank God for a very caring Veterinarian who came in on her day off.
Jumping ahead 2 years, my son has trained him to American sign language, his favorite game is frisbee which he catches in midair. Jag has learned to depend on the other three dogs as more or less his very own guide dogs. Jag is loving, smart, playful and loyal.
What more could anyone want in a family dog. Jag requires close monitoring, we can never allow him to just run free, but he is loved and well taken care of.