Regardless of breed, size, or special need, all dogs are adorable and deserving of love and a great home. Should we discriminate against those poor animals with disabilities? Don’t these animals have the right to be loved and cared for just as dogs who aren’t disabled? But unfortunately, some breeders don’t agree with this sentiment. Without concern, they’ll kill any dog they see as imperfect.
Keller is an Australian shepherd. She is also a double merle. Never heard of a double merle dog before?
These dogs have patterns of black, white, grey and browns on their fur. Merles aren’t specific to any one breed of dog; it’s found with several of them. It’s not the colors on precious Keller’s coat that made her former owner consider killing her.
Double merle dogs usually have white fur; they can be born deaf and blind or with compromised vision or hearing. The merle pattern is much desired with purebred dogs. Breeders will breed two merle dogs hoping they’ll get pups like their mother and father. As a result of her birth, Keller was deaf and blind.
She was saved and now spends her days traveling with her double merle friend, Braille and another friend named Calamity. Keller’s new human owner is the founder of Keller’s Cause. Keller, Calamity, and Braille are voices for special needs dogs.
Keller knows 25 different commands and is an active dog. You can train a double merle dog; it’s just done differently than one that doesn’t have special needs. With deaf dogs, hand signals are used; while deaf and blind dogs are trained using touch and tactile cues. Working as a team, Keller and braille are changing the way people see dogs with special needs.
Have you ever seen or met a merle or double merle dog? Would you consider adopting one for your family? You can learn more about these amazing sweet dogs by visiting Keller’s Cause.