In one of the forums (I think) was a post about our pets and how we treat them. Well, we have two pets, our dog Pandora. She is a cross mix of Boxer and Lab. We have had her since she was born (literally) as my husband helped deliver all the puppies. I think there was 7 or 8 puppies. The momma was deaf. My husband used hand signals and taught the dog those signals even though she was deaf. WE have trained Pandora with hand signals as well as voice commands.
Pandora isn’t just a dog, she is part of the family and we take her every where with us. So yeah, you could say she’s a “social butterfly!!” lol At night, when my husband may need to be out of town, Pandora is my ears as I wear hearing aides and at night I have to take them out. Without my hearing aides, you might as well call me deaf! lol So, Pandora will let me know if there is something invading “our” territory and that I should get up and look. People that even know Pandora, have “tried” to sneak up and she will alert me, because she can sense that I can’t hear.
We also have a rooster, Rooster Cogburn who is also a member of the family. Now, Rooster Cogburn is not any regular rooster. We already have a “regular” rooster, Rock!! No, Rooster Cogburn became our “pet” after a stray dog attacked him!! Before my husband could get to Rooster Cogburn, the stray dog broke one of his wings. It was in the winter and we kept it for a while, but the hubby thought it probably wouldn’t survive. We kept it in the enclosed lean to and fed it and watered it. He kept alive and then one day his wing fell off!! So we figured if he survived a dog attack we would keep him!! He just roams around our yard and stays close o the chicken pen/chicken house.
When it’s night time, my husband will put him in the enclosed lean to and pets him until he is asleep. It’s like he purrs and talks to us in chicken language!! lol I know most people would think that Pandora and Rooster Cogburn are just animals, but they both definitely have personalities!! Btw, Pandora gets alone well with all of the chickens. When you pet one or the other of them, the other one gets jealous!!
Yeah, Rooster Cogburn even comes into the house!!