Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Deaf bulldog gets home in Craig

By Meg Hibbert

CRAIG COUNTY –  A deaf American bulldog from New Jersey has a safe and loving home in Craig County, thanks in part to a Masons Cove woman who has a passion for helping deaf dogs.

Quincy the bulldog now lives with Charlie Tinsley and his wife, Mary, on their 65 wooded acres near Patterson Creek. “I was really thankful it worked out the way it did. We had Kasey, a female Old English bulldog, for 13 years that we had to put down for health reasons,” Charlie Tinsley explained.

Craig County resident Charlie Tinsley and his new American bulldog, Quincy, who is deaf. Photo by Christina Lee

Craig County resident Charlie Tinsley and his new American bulldog, Quincy, who is deaf.
Photo by Christina Lee

A chance meeting with a Masons Cove woman at a bank in Salem brought the Tinsleys and Quincy together.

Christina Lee has a passion for rescuing deaf dogs. Three years ago, after she and husband Chris Lee opened their home to their first deaf pup, a white boxer named Nitro. She started teaching Nitro American Sign Language, and founded the website DeafDogsRock.com.

Lee now spends six to eight hours a day on the site and answering emails from people across the country who have deaf dogs or who are helping to find homes for them.

Charlie Tinsley saw Lee’s DeafDogsRock.com van in the bank parking lot and approached her to ask if she ever came across any bulldogs who needed placing.

She told him they were usually adopted right away, but took his contact information anyway.

“Then the very next day I received an urgent email from a lady in New Jersey that needed to find a home for her bulldog,” Lee said. “She said she had only a few days to find the dog a home or she would be taking the dog to a shelter,” and knew that the dog probably would be euthanized.

Lee called Tinsley, gave him the woman’s contact information in New Jersey, and they started talking. “Forty-eight hours after I met Charlie, he was on his way to meet Elizabeth who owned the dog,” she said. They met up in Hershey, Pa.

“I think it was faith that brought Christina and me together, and Quincy to us,” he said. He added that although he had not had a deaf dog before, the thought this would be a good opportunity to give a dog a home that might be put down. “I was willing to give it a try.”

He is lining up some training sessions to train Quincy, who will be 2 in August, with gestures and hand signals.

“Quincy has really adapted well to the change in ownership and location,” he added.

Lee gave his new owners a few tips about training, while Quincy played with her dogs, Nitro and Bud – her newest white, deaf boxer.

Read more about Christina Lee, Nitro and DeafDogsRock.com in this issue.

 

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