Friday, September 11, 2009

Deaf dogs to take a bow, earn a wow

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The 10th annual Colorado Deaf Dog Play Day for hearing-impaired pooches is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday in Wheat Ridge.

The Play Day is at Best Friends Pet Care, 11440 West 44th Ave.

Admission is $5 per dog, and humans are admitted free.

Besides fun for the animals, the event provides support and education for people who own or are considering owning a deaf dog, said organizer Rhonda Champion. Deaf dogs sometimes are abused because they're thought to be disobedient; they can be difficult to place in adopted homes because of misconceptions, she said.

In addition to games and other activities for pets, Colorado Deaf Dog founders and other animal handlers will teach owners and prospective owners how to train hearing-impaired dogs.

The Play Day also will include a demonstration by Eric Melvin and his deaf cattle dog, Angelyne. Dog owners should bring chairs, a blanket or mat for their dogs, bags to clean up after their pets, as well as treats and toys to help occupy their pet when they're not engaged in activities.