Cassie is a beautiful 12-year-old Belgian Sheepdog who has been there for her mom through thick and thin since she was three months old. She is quite the social butterfly – she gets to go to Barking Hound Village every day for daycare and loves to play. She loves ripping the stuffing out of all her toys and sitting on the couch with her mom, nudging her for ear scratches.
When she first arrived as a puppy, no one could figure out why she wasn’t learning in obedience class when this breed is known for their intelligence. But as soon as her mom realized she was deaf, she started using hand signals and she learned amazingly quickly – Cassie knows more commands than most dogs that do have their hearing! As a result, she is incredibly attentive and completely in-tune to every move her mom makes. And because Cassie’s mom didn’t use a trainer and instead created her own hand signals, these two have a unique language that is just between them.
Usually to get an image of a dog running toward the camera, we use toys and play fetch…but this was captured as Cassie ran toward her mom. ♥
She has definitely mastered the classic “please give me that thing in your hand that may or may not be a treat” look:
She also loves to play hide-and-seek in the backyard with her mom – this is one her favorite hideouts: