Tanner was, she said, a purebred 4 year old Sheltie who is deaf and started having seizures last October. Having been led into accepting dogs in the past who weren’t quite purebred, Barbara asked the woman to bring Tanner over so we could evaluate him.
Well, in spite of having some unusual coloring (including a right eye that is half brown and half blue — brown over blue, in fact) and a very slightly broad head, we were convinced that he’s all Sheltie. And he is such a sweetheart. The woman who was relinquishing him to us didn’t really want to do so, but she’s a single mom who is now responsible for taking care of her elderly parents, and she is just out of resources. If Tanner hadn’t started having seizures, every thing would have been fine, but she was worried about him having a seizure when nobody was at home and possibly injuring himself.
Well, Tanner’s with us now. His seizures, happily, are well-controlled with phenobarbitol, and he is an absolute sweetheart. Sure, he’s deaf but how many of us don’t know dogs who are at least selectively deaf some of the time Anyway, take a look at this handsome boy in the photo below. Tanner will be available for adoption just as soon as he’s been neutered and had a minor dental cleaning done. He will be perfect for empty-nesters, has no problems with men or women, or other dogs, or cats. (We haven’t tested him on ferrets, though.)