Join Date: Feb 2007
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I'm sorry to say that one of the best things that happened to us years ago was when our Sheltie went deaf in both ears. She stopped barking at every sound and "freaking out" on the Fourth of July because of the fireworks.
We never had to worry about her wandering off. Although, she was always in our fenced yard or on a leash, since that's one of the laws in our city. She was always that way, though, I think it was due to the extremely strong protective (of what they consider to be their "charge") instinct Shelties have. Also, we had another dog, during the same time, whose lead she would follow. She lost her hearing at age 6 and lived a great life until age 14!