Pet Spotlight Interview – Finnegan & Gus

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Today’s pet spotlight features two adorable dogs! Gus & Finnegan who are both advocates for deaf dogs. I have a little heartwarming story to tell about Rolo’s experience with a deaf dog before we start up this wonderful interview.

Rolo and I used to venture to the dog park alot in town until it got really run down and many irresponsible pet owners now go there. Rolo and I were visiting there once and Rolo has never been a protective dog what so ever. We started chatting with a couple who were there with their deaf puppy, like Gus & Finnegan she was born deaf.

Rolo had a connection with this young pup. The little dog took a liking to Rolo as well and he became her protector for all the rowdy dogs at the park. She would hide under him and he would stand there on guard making sure no one would bug her. I have never seen him act that way before, or again but it was so sweet that I think he had a instinct and did what he could to protect that sweet girl who was extremely shy at the dog park.

Let’s Start This Interview!

*What is your name?
Laura Kennedy

*Where are you from?
Godfrey, IL

*What is your pet(s) (Age, Breed & Name)?
3 ½ year old Australian Shepherd, Finnegan;
2 year old boxer/bully mix, Gus


*What are some interesting facts about your pet(s)?
Both my dogs are deaf! It doesn’t slow them down, or make them “disabled”. Deaf dogs are wonderful pets. They aren’t distracted by noises or the doorbell

*What is your pet (s) favorite treat?
Gus likes everything! They do like chicken and turkey and strawberries.

*What is your pet(s) favorite trick?
Finnegan likes “high-five”; Gus likes “play dead” and “high-five”.


*Where is your pet(s) favorite place to go?
Finnegan is a little anxious, so he is most content at home. Gus is a social butterfly and loves to go to all events. He really enjoys the Purina Farms Canine Games every October.

*Perspective on Adopting a Rescue?
Now that I am aware of all the dogs who are euthanized in animal controls every year, I would never buy a dog again. I always promote rescuing dogs from ACs, shelters, and rescue groups. Rescue dogs are great pets, and you can get any type of dog you want. There are groups out there for every breed!

*What’s your favorite thing to do with your pet(s)?
I love taking Gus out to events, but most of all I love snuggling with my babies, watching TV, and just hanging out. They are both such special dogs, and I love just being with them.


*What is your favorite quote?
“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.”
Gilda Radner

*Favorite website to get pet information from?

*Do your pets (s) love to go for car rides?
Finn is a little anxious in the car, Gus is usually sleeping. He does not get excited about it He just sits in the seat and chills.


*What’s your favorite animal product?
I really like Pet Head Oatmeal Paw Butter

*Why do you think volunteering at an animal rescue/shelter is important?
Volunteering is important because there are always animals that need our help. Nothing is too small to do. Cleaning, walking dogs, helping with transports, fostering, fundraising—it all benefits the animals and they need all the help they can get. It not only helps the animals though; it is also beneficial to the person volunteering. You will feel better about yourself and meet like-minded people who share your passion to help animals. It is a very rewarding thing to do.


*Anything extra you would like to add?
I always try to be an advocate for rescue dogs, and deaf dogs in particular. Many people express sympathy when I tell them my dogs are deaf. Their deafness is not to be pitied. They were born deaf and don’t know any difference. Deafness is not a disability, it just happens to be one of their traits. Finnegan does have some issues that prohibit him from going out in the world often. He is happy to relax at home. His deafness didn’t cause his problems nor does it exacerbate it. It’s just him. With Gus, I was lucky enough to adopt him as a puppy and really socialize him. He has earned his Puppy STAR and Canine Good Citizen. We were also just accepted into a local therapy dog program. I cannot wait! I am so excited and hope to one day be a great therapy team.

(Rolo & I think you will make a great therapy team! It’s so rewarding going on visits and brightening peoples days)


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4 thoughts on “Pet Spotlight Interview – Finnegan & Gus

  1. Laura Kennedy says:

    Thanks for the feature! I love sharing my furkids story. I am working on a FB page for Gus as we are training for therapy, but do not have it up and running just yet. I’ll come back and share it when it’s complete, if that’s ok? Thanks again! I love reading about Rolo!

  2. Ann "Paws" Staub says:

    I remember having a few deaf dogs and cats come into the vet clinic. I would always talk to them, even though I knew they were deaf. I guess it’s just a habit :) These two are real cuties!

    • Laura Kennedy says:

      Thanks! I talk to them constantly lol! I know they can read my facial expressions, and they are very in tune with “listening” to body language and hand signs.

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