Deaf bull ter­rier Storm’s bark def­i­nitely worse than her bite

But car­ers fear she will not be re­homed

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

DOG car­ers at a Harefield re-homing cen­tre are wor­ried that a Stafford­shire bull ter­rier cross might strug­gle to find a home due to chronic ear problems, which cause her to bark ex­tra loud so she can hear herself.

Storm, an 11-year-old cross-breed, cur­rently lives at The Dogs Trust in west Lon­don af­ter her owner could not look af­ter any­more be­cause they no longer had a fixed ad­dress. Af­ter suf­fer­ing from in­fec­tions, Storm now has problems with her ears that may have per­ma­nently dam­aged her hear­ing, mean­ing she barks twice as loud.

Cen­tre man­ager at the Harefield Dogs Trust, Richard Moore, said: “Storm has by far the loud­est bark in our ken­nels at the mo­ment. It feels as if she is try­ing to bark louder so that she can hear herself.

“It oc­curred to us she may not even re­alise how loud her bark is as it’s pos­si­ble her hear­ing was af­fected by past in­fec­tions. Storm is es­pe­cially vo­cal when po­ten­tial adopters walk past her ken­nel so we are con­cerned that this may be put­ting people off adopt­ing her.”

Storm is de­scribed as a ‘friendly, larger than life char­ac­ter’ who loves at­ten­tion and would be suited to a family with chil­dren as young as 11.

Storm at Harefield Dogs Trust re­hom­ing cen­tre has hear­ing problems that make her bark ex­tra loud.

An af­fec­tion­ate pet, the Dogs Trust said Storm would be best suited to a home with­out any other pets. Al­though she does not bark of­ten, Mr Moore said own­ers with ear muffs would be well pre­pared.

He added: “She’s a very friendly and af­fec­tion dog and she ab­so­lutely loves people. Her car­ers adore her, she is such a great char­ac­ter and she laps up all the at­ten­tion she gets.

“I think her loud bark is go­ing to make it a bit of a chal­lenge to re-home her, which is a shame as she is such a fan­tas­tic dog who would make a su­per pet in the right home.”

And for any own­ers wor­ried about vet bills, a ma­jor­ity would be cov­ered by the Dogs Trust for the rest of her life as part of the Shared Adop­tion Scheme.

n MUTT AND JEFF: Storm with Kate Golding, a ca­nine carer trainer at Dogs Trust Harefield

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