Max’s Mission: Blind and deaf double merle Penny would make great companion for active family

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Meet Max: He is a Brittany Spaniel-Beagle mix on a mission to find rescue dogs, like himself, a loving forever home.

NBC4 Today Weekend Anchor Hattie Hawks and her husband adopted Max from a small Central Ohio rescue called Pets Without Parents. Every week, Max and Hattie introduce viewers to other rescue dogs in search of forever homes.

This week, Hattie and Max met Penny, a 3-year-old double merle with Speak for the Unspoken. 

Penny loves people, other dogs and playing in the water. She is blind and deaf, but she doesn’t those disabilities stop her from being one happy dog.

“We have dozens of pictures of her literally smiling,” said Penny’s foster mom Paula Biancony. “She is a very happy dog. She doesn’t have any nervous tendencies. She is comfortable in all surroundings.”

Double merles like Penny are often the result of irresponsible breeding practices and are often blind or deaf and then discarded. If owning a blind and deaf dog gives you pause, don’t worry — there are still ways to teach them commands and they are still very affectionate dogs.

“Blind and deaf dogs love people,” Biancony explained. “We call them Velcro dogs, so if you are looking for a dog that wants to be with you wherever you are, then a blind and deaf dog is the best option because they love you.”

Penny would do best with an active family who doesn’t mind her taking over the couch because she likes to make herself right at home.

For more information about adopting penny, visit To learn more about Max’s Mission, check out Hattie’s Facebook page and follow along with Max’s adventures on Instagram.

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