Deaf, diabetic, abandoned dog finds forever home in lockdown

DOG'S DAY: Erika Hood, Nari the dog, and Stephen Hood found each other during lockdown and are now one happy family. Picture: Les Smith
DOG'S DAY: Erika Hood, Nari the dog, and Stephen Hood found each other during lockdown and are now one happy family. Picture: Les Smith

A deaf, diabetic, abandoned puppy found her forever home when Erika and Stephen Hood adopted her in the midst of lockdown.

The Hood family already had an adopted dog at home, but when they read about the plight of Nari the greyhound on Facebook their hearts were won over.

"We're a sucker for a sob story," Mrs Hood said.

The adoption papers were signed the very next day, and Nari moved into the Hood house in to begin the next chapter of her life.

Nari now has four children to play with, as well as another dog Goldie who she has been smothering with affection.

"Nari loves attention, not like our other dog," Mr Hood said.

"Goldie doesn't snuggle, but Nari always wants to be in the same bed as her."

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Nari has been living with the Hood family for four weeks, and over that time she has learnt how to sit and give her paw in response to facial expressions and light signals in lieu of verbal commands.

Mr Hood said it has been a challenge looking after a deaf and diabetic dog, but said it was a worthwhile experience.

"In a way we're saving two dogs, because we've saved this one which allows the person who was looking after her to look after another dog," Mr Hood said.

Best Friend Pet Rescue volunteer Bailey Porter said she was overjoyed to see Nari find a new home, especially given her health conditions.

"You need to find the right owner, because having health issues is an ongoing commitment," Mrs Porter said.

"It can be difficult to find the right home, but when you do you know it's going to be a forever home."

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