Jasmine was found roaming as a stray and ended up in a Virginia shelter. She was estimated to be about two years old and was found to be deaf. I was living in Maryland at this time and when Adopt A Boxer Rescue asked me to foster her, I never knew when I said yes that this girl would end up never leaving our home. Instead, she became a permanent member of our family.
Jasmine's personality is so incredibly sweet and she just loves everybody! She is always excited to meet people and no other dog can compare to her excitement when you return home after being gone! She enthusiastically greets you as if you have been gone a lifetime! I found out soon after Jasmine came to me that she was not only deaf and knew absolutely no sign language, but she suffered from severe anxiety and her social skills with other dogs was awkward at best but she did get along with other dogs. When left alone she will poop and pee in her crate and in the beginning it was so bad that every time I left her, I knew when I came home there would be a mess to clean up. But I was used to cleaning up after dogs having raised litters of puppies and I just looked at the situation no different than a puppy who needed cleaning up after. Thankfully I worked from home so was able to be with her most of the time and work with her and very quickly she started learning sign language. Her anxiety will always be with her but over time it has improved greatly with having a stable routine and home life.
I fostered Jasmine for almost a year. At adoption events, people would fall in love with her initially and the deafness didn't seem to bother them but, once they found out she soiled her crate due to anxiety, they changed their mind. No one wanted this wonderful little girl. When I found out I was moving to Mississippi, the rescue advised me there was no other foster home available where someone was home most of the time to care for Jasmine. The rescue's only alternative was to put her in their boarding kennel. I knew, if this happened, the odds were no one would ever adopt her and she would be there indefinitely so before I left Maryland to move to Mississippi, I adopted her and Jasmine officially became part of our family!
My other dogs find her odd and do not understand her completely so they don't really interact with Jasmine, all except one anyhow..... my Maria is very patient with Jasmine and they play and wrestle. It is obvious Jasmine likes Maria too and she will lay close or on top of Maria when she is sleeping. Jasmine's crate issues have gotten to where she doesn't poop in her crate every time but she does usually still pee, even if left for just 30 minutes sometimes. I am okay with that and I am just happy to be able to share my life with this incredible and loving girl who no one else wanted. She has so many wonderful things about her that far outweigh any issues she has!