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Deaf Staffy Belle searches for special someone

Four-year-old Staffordshire Cross Belle is waiting at Dogs Trust Snetterton for the paw-fect home.

Belle is a fun-loving girl who loves toys and games and could play fetch all day long as it’s her favourite past-time. This sweet girl has heaps of personality and loves to curl up on a sofa and dig into a tasty chew. She also loves going on outings where she can sniff and explore and walks very nicely on lead.

Sweet Belle is deaf, and therefore is understandably a little worried by unfamiliar situations. She needs an adopter who will try to understand her and help her to become a more confident dog.

Belle already knows many hand signals which help us to communicate with her. She understands that a wave is a greeting and that clapping or a thumbs-up are positive actions. We can ask Belle if she’s ‘ready’ for a ball to be thrown during a game of fetch and we can ask ‘is that for me?’ referring to a ball or toy- all through using our hands.

She has lots of potential and would love to continue learning new things as she is a bright young girl.

Rehoming Centre Manager Diane said:

‘Since she has arrived at the centre, Belle has come such a long way and has proven to be a clever little girl. She is deaf but we can still communicate with her and she is learning all the time.’

Our Training and Behaviour team will support Belle’s new family during and after the adoption process and will teach them how to use hand signals effectively.

Belle is hoping to find an adult-only home in a rural location where she has access to a secure garden and can enjoy quiet walks away from any hustle and bustle. Belle is looking to be the only pet in the home, but she does like going on walkies with a calm canine companion on occasion. Belle will need her adopters to give her plenty of time to settle into her new home and feel comfortable.

She loves being in the company of her favourite people, so she would like her adopters to be with her for most of the time.

Assistant Training and Behaviour Advisor Alice said:

‘Belle has tons of character and potential and will make a very loyal companion to someone who takes the time to get to know her and build a bond. She is such a fun girl- she just needs time to come out of her shell and feel comfortable around someone.’

If you think you could be Belle’s special someone, please email us at [email protected] to receive a Homefinding Questionnaire.