Blind and deaf B.C. dog who fell from Cariboo ravine finds new home, love in Okanagan | PKBNEWS

When Jolene Chernoff saw a news story about a scruffy blind and deaf dog in need of adoption, she went straight to the BC SPCA website and filled out an application.

“I immediately wanted to make him part of my family,” she said.

The five-year-old dog – named Cliff, Chernoff learned later – had just fallen into a ravine at 150 Mile House.

And while he came out of that near-disaster well, his special needs didn’t make him an ideal fit for the Williams Lake shelter that took him in.


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“They called me the next day…they just wanted him to be safe and in a home, to be happy,” she said, explaining that she had seven years of experience with her blind and deaf old dog named Ollie.

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Chernoff, however, lives in Penticton and the timing of the adoption didn’t match the weather well. It was -30 C in Penticton and -40 C in Williams Lake when she got the stamp of approval to adopt Cliff.

Undaunted, she took a road trip, though she admitted to having come a long way, and she’s glad she did. It’s been a few weeks since their introduction.

“He’s been amazing,” she said.

“It’s wonderful, he’s a really big cuddly bug and he just wants some love. He’s not very into the leash at the moment… From now on he goes in the garden, rolls around and comes back.

Chernoff said caring for Cliff was easy, despite his challenges.

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“Moving stuff is not recommended,” she said. “He was able to map the place and knows where the couch is. I’ll leave for a few hours and he’ll sleep there.

“It’s amazing with limited eyesight and no hearing, how much his nose takes over.”


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Cliff can’t hear or see her, but he seems to be able to sense her movements.

She’s cleaned it a lot since he came home with her.

The dog was seen falling into the ravine adjacent to a house in the area.

Liz Dighton, director of the Williams Lake SPCA, said Cliff was in an even more sorry state when he came to see them.

“The poor dog had clearly been neglected and was very scruffy and in desperate need of grooming,” Dighton said.

“He had watery eyes, infected ears and is almost completely blind and deaf, so he was in a very bad state.”

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