The ‘Unadoptable’ Dog Becomes First Deaf K-9 In Washington

A local dog, who was deemed unadoptable was given a second chance at life and becomes the most demanding narcotic detection dog. This local dog, named Ghost was found homeless in Florida at around 3 months of old. He was deaf with white fur and brown eyes, and was on the verge of being put down. He was rescued by Swap Haven Rescue in St Augustine and was scheduled to be euthanized.

He was deemed unadoptable because of an abundance of energy and occasional indifference to people. His deafness would also have required owners willing to learn new ways of communicating! His rescue founder Lindsey Kelley who knows the challenges about Ghost, wanted to save his life, thought of giving a second chance for this high potential dog!

They have reached out to several animal shelters around the country and finally the Olympic Peninsula Humane Society Port Angeles took him in. When no one shows interest in adopting Ghost, they have decided to call Barb Davenport. Barb is enlisted in the military specifically to become a K-9 handler. Barb is a well expert in training the dogs and especially the high energy puppies are her specialization. She loves to enable the disabled dogs and help them become important members of their communities. When she met Ghost for the first time, she felt that he could be a good K-9. “He was very focused and determined to locate his ball when thrown or hidden” she said.

Now the 2 and a half year old, Ghost is in training as a narcotics detection dog for the Washington DC. He now lives with his new handler, Joe Henderson and will be with Henderson for the rest of his “forever” , helping to serve the community as the first deaf dog ion Washington State’s K9 history! In fact his deafness becomes a blessing for his new career!

Watching this poor dog’s amazing transformation will make every dog lovers to fall in love with him!