McGrady truly has the "Luck O' the Irish"! He is an Australian Shepherd and is located in NC. McGrady, who I pulled 3/6/2010 from Ashe County (NC) Animal Control, intending to foster him for rescue until he was adopted. They were only obligated to keep strays around 1 week before euthanizing them. However, despite thinking he might be deaf and because they liked him so much, they gave McGrady 35 days of life. Just in time for me to see him on petfinder. He is, indeed, deaf but also one of the smartest dogs I've ever met. I had NO idea about all the crazy beliefs there were out there about deaf dogs (ie, that they're "time bombs") until deciding to keep McGrady and starting to read about how best to train him. Almost weekly, strangers will say, "oh poor baby" when learning he's deaf; however, when we demonstrate all the commands he knows, they walk away saying, "WOW! How smart!"
I started the FB page for McGrady, or "McG" as we call him, to simply demonstrate how "normal," fun, smart and easy-to-live with deaf dogs are! Also, to help fight those unwarranted beliefs and to show that you don't have to have any special credentials (besides love and patience, just like with any other dog) to own a deaf dog.