I have been hard of hearing my entire life, but only started wearing hearing aids in my late 20’s as my deafness had progressed quite a bit. By the time I was about to turn 40, my hearing had deteriorated and I was struggling with the most basic sounds. I first heard about Hearing dogs when I started taking American Sign Language classes at the Canadian Hearing Society in 1999. I could see the real value a dog guide could have in my life. I applied a few years later and was accepted. In September 2003, I was paired up with Walker, a mini-poodle. We spent two weeks at the Lions Foundation of Canada School in Oakville. We bonded and Walker learned that I was his new ‘person’ and he started alerting for me. He was trained for the smoke alarm, doorbell, door knocking, alarm clock and name calling. Once we graduated and came home, I was able to train him for some more sounds ie: microwave, kettle, babies crying, etc… Fast forward 13 amazing years and Walker is now retired!
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