Not just selectively deaf

If we were in any doubt, we’re not now.
I walked Maggie on my own this morning whilst Hubby got on with the touching up.
I was out for over two hours, and sampled the 99p breakfast where Maggie had a 50p sausage.
The nose was in full sniffathon mode, so she didn’t miss anything, but walking back along the sea front was a different matter.
I kept her on a lead as that particular stretch of beach is off limits to dogs, and when I stopped to take a photo, I spoke to her.
This was the reaction
or lack of it as I could not get her attention (my foot is on the lead handle by the way).
This was the view though
I walked a fair way today, through the park and along the sea front, then after our breakfast, back through the park, up to the sea front again and an ice cream, then home via the park again.

The above is the kids paddling pool, completely off limits to water fowl and dogs.

We have 2 new broods of ducklings and the first batch of goslings look ready to fly.
As the ducklings aren’t too clear in these photos, I’ve cropped them:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hubby took Maggie for a walk this afternoon and nearly lost her.
She did not respond to his calling, neither did she react to the banging of sticks together or along the metal railings, taking off like a shot across the road.
Luckily the van driver’s responses were fast.
Her days of off lead walking are over as we cannot take a chance now that she’s so unresponsive and we shall be looking for a warning vest that says ‘Deaf’.
She’s exhausted now, so any walks will be on her extending lead round the Avenue.

 

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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25 Responses to Not just selectively deaf

  1. Sorry to hear about the hearing.

  2. scifihammy says:

    Lovely photos of out and about on your walk. πŸ™‚
    Yes, it is hard when our dogs lose their hearing, but a few adjustments – on our part – and it’s all good again. πŸ™‚

    • We’ve got to keep her safe, and with her eyesight failing too, we have to keep her close. Bless her. She’s feeling her age and all its attributes like the rest of us.

  3. fransiweinstein says:

    Too bad fur babies can’t get hearing aids.

  4. lbeth1950 says:

    Our older dogs went deaf, too. It didn’t seem to worry them.

    • When we first got Maggie, it was our priority to keep her safe, so recall was vital. We have hand signals too, and they still work, provided we can get her attention. That wasn’t apparent today, and although she was probably ‘coming home’, the thought of her under the wheels of a bus or car is frightening. We’ll all adjust accordingly, it must be scary and daunting for her too, so her safety is paramount.

  5. joyroses13 says:

    Love the photos, but sorry to hear about Maggie. Hard to watch our furry friends get older!

  6. Mws R says:

    I hate when dogs age, mine is 11 years old and he is slowly doing things differently now since he is aging. His way of being a young pup has left him. I used to love throwing him his baby (stuffed animal) but he no longer does that.

  7. colonialist says:

    That is a deaf-finite problem. We have two elderly border collie-types with exactly the same problem, and I have come to the same conclusion after running frantically after one of them who only reacted when she saw me, and then scooted for home at speed.

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