Meet Winter Solstice
Animal ID 46262822 
Species Dog 
Breed Terrier, Pit Bull/Mix 
Age 3 years 7 months 4 days 
Gender Female 
Size Medium 
Color White 
Declawed No 
Housetrained Unknown 
Site The Pit Stop 
Location Pit Stop 
From her Best Buddy and shelter advocate.....

Winter is a very special dog for so many reasons. She is beautiful, loving and smart. She also happens to be deaf. She came to AHeinz57 Pet Rescue and Transport very pregnant, and shortly thereafter gave birth to 14 beautiful puppies on January 9th of 2021. Yes 14! Lots of puppies for a 50 lb dog.

She has been taught many hand signals and knows sit, lay down, come, stay and no. She is a very quick learner. Her attention and affection are easily bought with treats. Winter absolutely loves, loves, loves car rides. She just loves to GO in general. We have had many trips to Lowe's and other businesses that allow pets. I swear she thinks it is her job to be an ambassador for the shelter and always makes friends when we are out. Winter accompanies me every Friday to my 93 year old mother's home. When there she likes spending the afternoon lying on the couch, enjoying a bone to chew on and taking a walk in the neighborhood. She rarely barks except when taking her job as neighborhood watch serious. She has an incredible confidence in known places with people she trusts.

That being said, not being able to hear can cause her to be extra cautious at times when encountering new people, places or things. She is easily startled and can come off as confrontational when surprised. No different than you would be if you had noise cancelling headphones on and someone suddenly appeared out of nowhere and was in your personal space. Once she is properly introduced she is fine. Because she is easily startled, she would do best in a home without a lot of hustle and bustle. She is not a fan of young children. We suspect she might have been tormented by children before she came to us. Older responsible children are a possibility. She does have a more dominant play style and has trouble reading other dogs signals due to her deafness. If there were another dog in the home she would need some work on understanding limitations when playing. Something that can totally be taught with positive reinforcement training. She has not been with cats but she does have a strong prey drive and no different than chasing bunnies and squirrels, we are fairly certain she would see cats as the same. She will require a fenced yard.

Quite honestly I am sure Winter would love to have her people all to herself. Deaf dogs very much rely on their owners to keep them safe and they learn to look to their owners for guidance and cues as well as important hand signals. Those cues and hand signals are the only way we have to effectively communicate with them. Do I still talk to her? You bet I do! And when I smile she knows I am pleased and I swear she smiles back. While Winter can be a bit timid when first meeting new people, it does not take long for her to accept you and wrap you around her little paw. She is a favorite of all the volunteers at the rescue. This girl is without a doubt a Velcro dog and will give herself to you totally once she accepts and trusts you.

Winter's look of adoration will absolutely melt your heart. It does mine.