An Abandoned Puppy Named Ghost Is Set To Become Washington's First Deaf K-9
The story of Ghost the deaf puppy is also the story of Barb Davenport, a long-time dog lover and trainer. These two were destined to find one another, and when they did, it both saved and transformed Ghost's life!
Ghost was found at 3 months old, homeless and deaf. Initially scheduled to be euthanized because he was considered "unadoptable," Ghost was rescued soon after by two humane societies. It was one of those organizations that called Barb Davenport.
Barb, who always had a connection with dogs, joined the military in the 1970s with the goal of becoming a K-9 trainer. She is who her local shelter calls when they have a "difficult" dog on their hands. According to Barb, the best part of her job is taking dogs who might not be able to find forever homes, and working to help them become important members of their communities.
And she has absolutely done that! More than 450 rescued dogs have become narcotics dogs under Barb's supervision.
Ghost is now one of those lucky pups. At 2 and a half years old, he is in training as a narcotics detection dog for the Washington DOC, and lives with his new handler, Joe Henderson. Should he "graduate," Ghost will become the first deaf dog in Washington state's K-9 history. Go Ghost!