You talkin’ to me?

Gaston is one part bichon frisé, one part woolly charm – and one part love of life. He is what the real estate industry might call a fixer-upper. Although there are no cracks in his foundations (his sturdy little legs get him where he wants to go), his eyes don’t miss a trick and he has a set of perfectly good teeth, he is as deaf as a post.

His early years are shrouded in mystery, as he was found as a stray. He then spent a year in a home where his deafness went unnoticed and his lack of response to commands and apparent unwillingness even to learn his name were seen as obtuseness or defiance. This caused him to miss out on precious time when he could have acquired the skills a deaf dog needs to interact in the world. But it turns out that one can teach an old dog new tricks, and at four years of age Gaston is far from old. He is very intelligent and a rewarding pupil. His new family will have to invest some time and effort into his remedial education.

Gaston is sensitive to vibrations and particularly dislikes the passage of heavy vehicles. which rules out condos, duplexes and apartments. He needs at least one family member to be home for part of the day, take him for walks and play with him in a securely fenced-in yard or dog run. Experience with a deaf dog would be a plus, and patience is a must. His adopters will receive a copy of Priscilla Ross’s Training a Deaf Dog: The Ultimate Guide to Living with a Deaf Dog. Another confident, playful dog and kids 16+