That's blind and deaf Gabe, in a photo taken back in Montana in 2009. Gabe had just returned home from surgery to remove a nasal tumor that had blocked his ability to breathe through his nose and to smell. Several months later, Paul and Jenny M. from Napa, California, adopted Gabe and gave him an amazing new life (and later adopted three-legged Ella, too!).
"Now on to the story I like to call the Prince...and the peas!
Our blind and deaf boy Gabe is quite a character. Never complains, and his nub [of a tail] is always wiggling. His sense of sight and sound are gone, which has resulted in a very finely tuned sense of smell and taste! The boy can sniff out a dinner bowl a mile away. Recently, we switched to a different brand of wet food for him. This new wet food has all kinds of goodies in it, and he loves it...with one exception. You guessed it...PEAS!
At first I thought, 'Oh, Gabey must have missed a couple bites.' But, soon we were to learn about his dislike of the little green balls! Could this really be? Hmmmmmm? So every night I would fix his bowl of food, and every time he was done, low and behold, two peas in an otherwise cleanly licked bowl!
I set out to see how just how much he didn't like peas or if maybe he just overlooked them. Can he really pick them out of a bowl of food? So, every night I would do something different. I would mix the food up, I would bury the peas on the bottom, all sorts of little tricks. Every bowl would end up with the same result...two peas in a licked clean bowl! In a purely scientific approach to my experiment, I would actually sift through the wet food prior to feeding, just to count how many peas were in each can of food. Maybe a few snuck past his palette? No way, no how were those peas getting through. That furry blind and deaf boy can find a pea in a mouth full of food, and have it back in his bowl with out even as much as breaking the outer casing! I've seen it.....and I still don't believe it! So now it has become a game. Every night I count the peas before he eats, and every night I find all of them untouched in a cleanly licked bowl! Amazing."
Next, the final result:
New Shelter Challenge Begins
The latest round of the Shelter Challenge began today and runs until October 13. You can vote every day here. To search for us, type in our name, Rolling Dog Farm, and Lancaster, NH 03584.
They have redesigned the contest site and made other changes. Please note that I cannot help with technical or voting problems. I also do not have an "inside track" to anyone at the Shelter Challenge, and I don't know any more about the contest than anyone else does. So if you find yourself having issues, please consult their FAQ page here and their Rules page, which is a pop-up you can find linked on this page.
Thanks for your votes!