He has learned basic commands through touch, and Braille has also learned how to play the piano.
When a dog with the color pattern known as merle is bred to another with the same pattern, it often produces genetic defects, including blindness and deafness. But because the exotic coloring is popular, irresponsible breeders will mate two merles in the hopes of producing more.
Fortunately, Braille has a wonderful human on his side who has taken him in and trained him to the point where he has won the Novice Trick Dog title from the American Kennel Club. Now he's working on his Intermediate title.
Double merle dogs born with disabilities are often killed or abandoned by breeders, says Braille’s owner, Rose Adler of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Thankfully, a rescue group spotted on him on Craigslist, where he was listed for free by a breeder.
“I meet a lot of people who are like, ‘Why don’t you euthanize that dog?’ Or they say, ‘Aww, he’s blind. Look at him’,” Adler told the Detroit Free Press. “He doesn’t know he’s blind. He’s happy. He’s worried about what he’s going to have for dinner.”
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