Meet Angel Burgundy
Angel & Moejo
Angel as a pumpkin
Family photo 2005
My second story is of Angel Burgundy, a pure breed
Australian Shepherd. We first met this little ball of white fluff at Wasatche Animal
Rescue, part of a Salt Lake City retail pet supply store, Yuppie Puppie. She crawled into
my partner's lap and all uncertainty about her future was forgotten. But our little Angel
is "special," she's what is called a "lethal white." She is completely deaf and has
limited sight. We had no idea what we were getting into when we brought her into our
existing pack of three dogs (all with their own set of physical problems).
Her story is all to common for lethal white Australian Shepherds. Breed for her beautiful,
predominately white Merle coat, she was to be destroyed by the breeder because she had no
monetary value. The vet took pity, and asked if she could be surrendered to an animal rescue.
There she stayed for nearly two months. She was unable to remain in the kennel because she was
constantly attacked. (See, Angel cannot hear or see another dog warning her that her puppy
enthusiasm was proving to be too much. This resulted in many dogs fights, where Angel had no
clue what she had done wrong.) Instead she was allowed to roam the store, hanging out with the
rescued cats and customers. Nearly everyone feel in love with this beautiful baby UNTIL they
found out about her disabilities.
I had previously worked with deaf/blind kids, and had an older dog who had lost her sight due
to a heredity issue. But nothing prepared us for Angel. Although there are days when I think
she is quite misnamed (especially when she runs into my knee at full speed), she is quite
literately my heart and I often lose my breathe with my overwhelming love for her. Angel is not
"special" in the sense that her life is anything but normal and filled with everything her
sisters can do. She hikes, snowshoes, swims, and loves to play with any dog that is willing. I
often hear people express pity for Angel, but she will have none of that. All she wants from
strangers, which is what most dogs want, is to be petted endlessly or played with, and all I
want is for people to understand why her "kind" should never exist in the first place. Angel
has passed basic dog obedience with flying colors and will sit, lay and stay if touched in the
proper places (as for coming when "called" she's still an Aussie and stubborn to the core).
This is Angel's story, not of a dog that is lacking but of one that can see the world better
than anyone and can hear what the rest of us only dream of: happiness. .
About family photo 2005:
Elisha is on the left, and I'm on the right. Indigo Blue is the black and white, beagle mix on
the left with digestive problems and allergies. Other Jade (Yes, that is her name. She came
with it and it just stuck) is the border collie mix next to Indigo. She under went three
luxated patella surgeries before she was 18 months old. Then there is Moejo Reighn and Angel
Burgundy. Missing is Mystik Nite, our chow/German Shepherd mix we recently adopted.
For Anne & Elisha's Story of Moejo...click
Story: Anne and Elisha and the Dillon-Thomas Pack
(Moejo Reighn, Indigo Blue, Other Jade, Angel Burgundy, and Mystik Nite)