This young pup had a rough start at life. Despite being deaf and suffering from anxiety due to abuse, Bayou is ready to love a new family.

According to his description on Petfinder.com, "Bayou is very shy when meeting new people, has been badly abused and is currently on anti-anxiety medication to help him with his transition."

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Bayou is deaf because he is the result of breeding two Merle colored dogs. He might not be able to hear you, but his profile says, "He is a very sweet dog once he trusts you and really wants to please."

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Bayou requires special food for his tummy (grain-free, fish based diet) and he would do best in a home with a tall fence and another pup his age for companionship.

This sweet boy is currently located at The Long Journey to a New Beginning Animal Shelter in Stow, Maine. Is Bayou the right dog for your family?