This time of year -- from Memorial Day to the Fourth of July to Labor Day -- is an awful time for our Airedales. In the U.S.A. firecrackers snap, boom, and crack many summer evenings, and summer storms frequent the days and nights with thunder and lightening. So many Airedales are terrified by these unfamiliar sounds. It has been so for our rescue girl, Hannah, too.
I noticed a week or two ago that Hannah doesn't respond when called or given a command. At first I thought she was ignoring me but as I've watched her these past weeks I've realized that she has lost most (and maybe all) of her hearing. My dear Hannah is deaf! (I now live with a nearly deaf husband and a deaf Airedale!) I'm grateful that I taught hand commands along with voice commands because, it seems, that's the only way to communicate with my deaf Airedale.
There is one very small blessing to Hannah's deafness: neither fireworks nor thunder cause her the least concern. I'm grateful for this peace for her.
Hug your Airedales!