So, when Ken asked if we'd like to adopt a second deaf pit bull, we asked, "Where do we sign?"
That was in October of 2013.
When Sebastian crossed the Industrial Canal and came to our home in the Upper Ninth Ward, he was still a little sick, a little underweight, and very shy. But he was also playful and extremely energetic. That was great in some ways, but when it came to making him stop long enough to understand sign language, it was challenging at times. Honestly, it still is. (Though Peter seems to have more luck on that front that John and I do.)
At about two-and-a-half years old, Sebastian still has plenty of puppy left in him. He's still rambunctious. Like many abandoned dogs, he's still territorial and possessive of his food. And it's safe to say, if our furniture could talk, it would have a litany of complaints.
But Sebastian is loved, and he gives plenty of love in return. He's jealous, sure, but he's safe, and he's comfortable, and so far as we can tell, he's happy. And that makes us happy.
* * * * * As a funny side-note, yesterday, I took the hounds to the local dog park and let them romp around. At one point, Sebastian was rough-housing very close to a senior dog, and I tried to get his attention, calling him by name. (Not that he'd hear it, obviously.)
Sebastian Another woman at the park heard me, and said, "Is that Sebastian? Oh my god! He's famous!" I laughed because I had no idea. Ken first contacted John about Sebastian. I don't think I ever received an email or a Facebook message with links to the pup's sad story. I just got second-hand reports.
Based on what the woman said, though, I got a little curious. So, I went to the Sula Foundation's Facebook page and searched for mentions of Sebastian. There were dozens -- not just posts from the Foundation itself, but also posts from many, many pet-lovers who'd contributed to Sebastian's recovery. I had no idea.
So now, two years later, I'd like to offer my belated gratitude to everyone who pitched in to pay for Sebastian's treatment. You've done something very special for our family. You should at least know that in return.
Thank you. I hope to repay the favor someday.