By Hannah Stevens @Hannahshewans
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Videographer / director: Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf
Producer: Hannah Stevens, James Thorne
Editor: Sonia Estal
The double dapple daschund was left at a rescue centre a few years after being born.
Lauren Ann Kramer-Theuerkauf, from Freeburg, Illinois, found Hope on a rescue website and instantly fell in love with her.
Lauren told Barcroft TV: “My first impression of Hope was that she seemed quite brave for being blind and deaf.
“When her foster parents placed her in our backyard, she began trotting around the in the grass.
“|f she bumped into her fence, she just backed up and kept going. Nothing slowed her down.”
Hope was left disabled after a backyard breeder tried to breed two dappled daschunds together, which can cause deformations and even stillbirths.
The breeder wanted to give her up but his wife convinced him to keep her. However, after his wife’s death, he dropped her off at a breeder with a chain round her neck.
Eight-year-old Hope now lives with four other rescues and was added to the family on February 22nd 2014.
Lauren said: “I would describe Hope as fearless, she’s never afraid to try new things. She was the first pet in our pack to master the pet stairs.
“And she also opens the closet door with her nose and snuggles in the blankets inside.
“If Hope runs into a roadblock, like a wall, she never whimpers, she just backs up and tries again. Nothing stops Hope from living her best life.”
When Hope first moved in, her new parents were worried about injuries, but she swiftly learned the layout of the house.
She said: “I’d say the first week was probably the hardest for me and my husband. Hope would run face first into the walls and not make a sound, she shook it off and tried going a different way.
“We thought she’d get hurt or maybe be scared to move, but we were wrong. It only took her a week to learn the layout of our home.”
The spunky dog communicates what she wants through touch. If she wants to be picked up she’ll stand on her owner’s feet and if she wants to snuggle she’ll start digging at their shirt collars.
Although Hope has settled in well, the family had to make one big adjustment after she arrived.
Lauren said: “We’ve made one big adaptation to our home for Hope. We have three rescue cats, who we’ve had to move down to our furnished basement.
“When we adopted Hope we didn’t know that Daschund’s were originally bred to hunt moles. Since Hope is blind and deaf, she relies heavily on her sense of smell to guide her, so to her the cat smell like prey, and she likes to hunt them.
“While she has caught the cats several times, she never hurts them.”