Lifestyle

Future rosy for special needs dog

Gavin and Sally Smith, with sons Martin (blue shirt) and Simon (red shirt), and dog Mya and new family member Ruby Rose (front) enjoying a surf. Photo: supplied
Gavin and Sally Smith, with sons Martin (blue shirt) and Simon (red shirt), and dog Mya and new family member Ruby Rose (front) enjoying a surf. Photo: supplied

BORN deaf and blind in one eye, Red Kelpie Ruby Rose's future looked bleak when she was surrendered to the RSPCA's Tweed Heads Adoption Centre last year.

Instead her new owners are not only embracing her special needs - they are teaching her to surf.

Ruby's eye was removed by the centre because of a medical condition.

And a University of Queensland hearing specialist confirmed she was completely deaf because of damaged nerves between her ear and brain.

Regardless, Gavin and Sally Smith fell in love with Ruby Rose when they saw her on the RSPCA Adopt a Pet website.

Mrs Smith said she had a feeling about Ruby and thought she was lucky to have made it so far, given her special needs.

"We just knew she was right for us and she has settled in perfectly with our two children and older Border Collie cross Kelpie, Mia."

The Smiths want Ruby to be an example of how positive an experience adopting a disabled pet can be.

"People are surprised that we knew Ruby Rose was deaf and blind when we adopted her.

"She is a very happy and extremely loyal dog.

"We just did lots of research and it helped that we had experience with breeding dogs.

"You can't be a lazy dog owner," she said.

Adoption Centre staff and Ruby had some help learning hand signals from experienced deaf dog trainer, Robyn Adair.

The Smith family also had to learn to communicate with Ruby Rose through hand signals.

They speak to her so she can learn to read facial expressions and use lights to get her attention in the dark.

Ruby Rose even became a learning tool with the Smith's two sons when she was taken to school to teach four-year-olds about bullying and being different.

"Ruby Rose did a great job," Mrs Smith said.

"All the kids were giving her thumbs up (a good dog sign).

"The children were fascinated with her and loved learning about her special needs."

Ruby Rose enjoys a lot of normal dog activities including sleeping, going for long runs with friends and other dogs, playing frisbee and has enjoyed starting surfing lessons.

"She went for her first surfboard ride last month - I think she is a natural," Mrs Smith said.

Topics:  dog kelpie rspca


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Announcements galore for the Whitsundays

Cr Jan Clifford, Whitsunday Mayor Andrew Willcox, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Tourism Minister Kate Jones at Heart Hotel in October 2016.

Friday was a big day of announcements for the Whitsundays.

Car crashes into stormwater drain

The car which crashed on Shute Harbour Road this afternoon.

Officers are on the scene of a crash on Shute Harbour Road

A colourful career

Karla Middleton, Figurehead Hair Salon

Karla Middleton adores her job at Figurehead Hair Salon

Local Partners

Golf buggy crash victim says there was 'blood everywhere'

"There was blood everywhere and (the) guys (were) screaming and it's just we are lucky to be alive.”

REVIEW: Under the Gun doco looks at right to bear arms

ARMED: A still from the 2016 documentary film Under the Gun by Stephanie Soechtig.

An in-depth look into America's gun culture.

Messing with your head

MIND BLOWN: What could be weirder than the realisation that we have another completely separate brain and nervous system than the one originating in our heads?

Fascinating connection between your gut and your brain

Sir Elton John coming to Mackay: What you need to know

Sir Elton will come to Mackay and Cairns in September.

Tickets to the concert go on sale on March 14

Groom threatens to walk out of Married At First Sight

ANOTHER explosive MAFS breakup is looming over the weekly dinner party — and this time, it seems like everybody is involved.

'I wasn't naked': Blanca Blanco speaks out

Blanca Blanco arriving at the 89th Academy Awards. Picture: Ian West/PA WireSource:AAP

"It was a nude colour, it matches my skin, so I wasn’t naked.''

‘IT’S A LITTLE SAD’: Trump makes Oscars bungle all about him

US President Donald Trump claims Hollywood's elite were too busy mocking him to pay attention on Oscars night.

Donald Trump ‘explains’ Oscars stuff up.

Lama and Sarah’s ‘epic’ MKR fail

My Kitchen Rules contestants Lama and Sarah.

Tempers flare as Lebanese feast turns into an epic fail.

Oscars 2017: How did biggest award get stuffed up?

Presenter Warren Beatty shows the envelope with the actual winner for best picture as host Jimmy Kimmel, left, looks on at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The winner was originally announced as La La Land, but was later corrected to Moonlight.

'Guys in headsets starting buzzing around. They took the envelope.'

Lisa Curry can't marry her fiance

Lisa Curry breaks down in the jungle.

Lisa Curry says she can’t get married to her fiance

The true cause of the Oscars bungle

Faye Dunaway, left, and Warren Beatty present the award for best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Oscars ended with a moment that left everyone speechless.

Casino boss loses $4m on waterfront Sunshine Coast home

The owner of this stunning Noosa home accepted much less than he had initially wanted for the home.

When illness struck owner forced to try and cash out of property

Mining homes dive: $600k homes sell for $120k-$300k

18 Yeates Street, Moranbah sold for $135,000 in December, after being repossessed by a bank. The owners bought for $545,000 in August, 2011.

The economy still has two speeds, but with a painful twist

Mackay's property market climbing like a Rocket Man

Renewed confidence in Mackay means more homes are being snapped up by those eager to plant their roots in the region.

There's movement in the real estate sector and it's all positive.

'Why we drove 800km to buy a treehouse with a disco ball'

The new owners have planned a few updates, but will stick with much of the original design.

A couple travelled almost 800km for the home of their dreams.

The trick homeowners are using to buy more properties

Chantelle Subritzky leaves her home each week for Airbnb guests.

Queenslanders are going down this path to help pay their mortgages

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!