Denton trust seeks new home for furless deaf dog
Thursday 7th September 2017 @ 12:37 by Adam Higgins
Denton & Audenshaw News

A Denton-based dogs trust are on the look-out for a special home for a deaf dog found as a stray who was hardly able to walk and didn’t have any fur. 

The nine-year-old Crossbreed, named Susie (pictured), was found alone on the streets of Manchester in a terrible condition in May – her claws were so long she could barely walk, her fur had fallen out and her skin was red raw.

Now the team at Dogs Trust Manchester are concerned that she has been overlooked by dog-lovers due to her furless features and deafness.

“She was in such a sorry state when she arrived,” manager Dawn Bishop explained.

“Tests showed she was suffering from sarcoptic mange, a skin disease caused by mites burrowing through the skin. It makes them really itchy and so as they scratch they tend to pull their hair out.

“Susie is definitely the worst case we have seen here since opening almost three years ago.

“She has made a great recovery but it is taking time for her hair to grow back so she isn’t looking her best at the moment and sadly we think that may be why she hasn’t found her special someone yet. But beauty is only skin deep and she is an absolute sweetheart!”

Transformation: Susie arrived at Dogs Trust Manchester in a great deal of pain and discomfort having been found as a stray but has been nursed back to health

Now that Susie’s mange has been treated, the team are focusing on keeping her brain busy whilst she waits for her forever family and have been training her using hand signals, proving that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

“Susie is doing really well,” Dawn added. “Deaf dogs can be trained fairly easily using hand signals and positive, reward-based techniques.

“She is a gorgeous, sweet girl and she really deserves a loving home with people who can see beyond her current furless features and see what a beautiful girl she truly is, inside and out.”

The team are looking for a home with patient owners who will continue with Susie’s training and who have knowledge of deaf dogs and ideally have had experience of living with a deaf dog.

Susie can live with children aged 14 and over and, as she enjoys the company of her canine companions, she could live with another calm dog.

Anyone who thinks they could give Susie the home she is looking for can visit her at Dogs Trust Manchester’s centre on Parkway in Denton or find out more at www.dogstrust.org.uk.