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    This Deaf Cutie Just Became The Top Dog And Proved All The Haters Wrong

    “People thought that because she was deaf that they wouldn’t be able to train her."

    This is Seven, a furry athlete from Nova Scotia who was once thought to be a lost cause because she was born deaf. But after years of hard work, she just earned the title of Agility Trial Champion of Canada.

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    Seven was given up to the Nova Scotia SPCA as a puppy because of her disability.

    Her owner, dog trainer Adina MacRae, told BuzzFeed Canada she adopted Seven when she was a "cute little fluffball" of three months when nobody else seemed to want her.

    Adina MacRae
    Adina MacRae

    “People thought that because she was deaf that they wouldn’t be able to train her,” MacRae said.

    Adina MacRae

    Together, the two of them spent years climbing the ranks of the doggy sports world, with Seven working her way through various levels of agility competitions.

    “It usually takes a year to two years to get a dog to reliably go through all the equipment — the jumps, the tunnels, the weave poles, all that stuff.”

    Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS

    It took Seven a bit longer than most dogs, but last week the nine-year-old pup finally earned the top title. “Seven has been under the false assumption that she won this title years ago," MacRae joked. "She thinks she’s aced many courses along the way that she hasn’t, but I never wanted to let her know otherwise.”

    Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS

    MacRae said other deaf dogs have become Agility Trial Champion of Canada before, but to her knowledge, Seven is the first one from Nova Scotia. And it happened just in time.

    “In addition to being very happy, I’m also relieved," MacRae said. "Seven is getting up there in years. She’ll be 10 in January, and agility dogs tend to retire around that age.”

    MacRae said that she has "a bunch of youngsters up and coming" that she will compete with, but Seven can now retire from her athletic career.

    "Seven will continue to do what she does best, which is charm her friends and fans at the agility trials and get lots of cookies for free. No work required now.”

    MacRae said she hoped Seven will inspire other people to "give shelter dogs a chance" if they're looking for a pup to compete in a dog sport with.

    "There are lots and lots of dogs in the shelters that would make great performance dogs. And give deaf dogs a chance, too.”

    Darren Calabrese / THE CANADIAN PRESS

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