Flash was adopted after two years at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA by his new owners, Ryan Africa and Jade Everts. Picture: Supplied
Flash was adopted after two years at the Cape of Good Hope SPCA by his new owners, Ryan Africa and Jade Everts. Picture: Supplied

After 2 years of patience, deaf dog Flash finally finds a family

By Nicola Daniels Time of article published Mar 3, 2021

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Cape Town - After watching nearly 2 000 of his friends come and go, Flash the dog who is completely deaf, was finally adopted two years after being found wandering the streets.

The pitbull cross has finally found a new home with a patient and understanding family after being brought to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA in July 2018.

“This special boy watched nearly 2 000 of his friends come and go as they left with their forever families, while he remained behind. Flash waited patiently in his kennel every day, wearing his cutest look and doing his cute little dance for every Adoption Centre visitor,” the organisation said.

They said his new owners would have to be special, because he needed a patient, understanding family, willing to invest the time and energy necessary to learn how to communicate with him.

His new owners, Ryan Africa and Jade Everts, said it was his eyes that captivated them.

“After we decided we wanted to adopt a dog I was looking at different websites to see what dogs they had. I knew I wanted a small dog and eventually settled on a pitbull. When I saw a picture of his face, there was just something that drew me in, his eyes tell a story. I sent my fiance a picture of Flash and she went to read his story. When we found out he was deaf, we wanted to meet him even more,” Africa said.

They fell in love with Flash the moment they met him.

“He went out for a walk with us, he played with us, everything about him just showed us it was meant to be. I am a firm believer that an animal chooses you. He took to us immediately. Now that we have him, people think its difficult, but, like we continuously, say his communication skills are great, he finds a way to tell us exactly what he wants and when he wants it. He has made our young family complete,” said Africa.

During his time at the SPCA, the on-site animal behaviourist, Nicole Nel taught Flash how to respond to hand signals, as a way for him to take instruction.

“Our sincerest thanks go to the beautiful family who made room in their home and hearts for this very special boy. Flash left us with a really valuable life lesson: Never, ever give up. Life really can change in a flash,” the SPCA said. vessel off the Saldanha coast on Monday evening.

“The intelligence-driven, evening operation saw various tactical forces descending on the vessel ...

“Ten suspects, four of Bulgarian descent and six from Myanmar were subsequently arrested on charges of dealing in drugs.

“Further investigations continue as the detectives determine the origins as well as the intended destination of the consignment.

“SAPS management has hailed the find as a step in the right direction in efforts to deal with the illicit drug trade,” Potelwa said.

Langebaan Community Police Forum chairperson Peter Lindenberg praised police for the bust, saying unlawful activity on the water was happening too frequently.

He said that families were being destroyed by the illicit trade in cocaine.

“We are very happy, we have been suggesting authorities carry out more operations on the water for a while.

“We hope the perpetrators are not given any sympathy.

“The trade has wrecked and is tearing families apart.

“We are over the moon with the massive bust,” said Lindenberg

The Saldanha Bay Municipality referred requests for comment back to the police.

The Transnet National Ports Authority did not respond to requests for comment.

Cape Times

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