October 19, 2021

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Couple discover dog is deaf after she stops barking along to her favourite Sound of Music song

A couple discovered their dog had lost her hearing after she stopped yapping along to her favourite songs from The Sound of Music.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Poppy loved the 1965 film so much that she always barked in time with the classics belted out by Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp family.

But when the six-year-old dog suddenly started watching The Sound of Music in silence and became withdrawn, her worried owners realised something was wrong, Team Dogs reports.

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Worried owners Stuart and Jackie Drabble, both 71, took her to the vets who gave her antibiotics but the problem persisted for two years.

Jackie, a retired project manager, said: “We first realised she wasn’t hearing properly when we were watching the Sound of Music and Poppy stayed quiet.

“She usually always started barking whenever Captain Von Trapp whistles to his children.

“We thought she might be having an off day but on another occasion she was off the lead on the beach and she just tore off in the opposite direction.

“I have never seen Stuart run so quickly because we were terrified we would never see her again if she disappeared into the dunes.

“We did catch her eventually and took her to the vets where she gave up antibiotics which cleared it up.

“But soon after the same happened again and it was obvious she couldn’t hear.”

Poppy was finally examined by Paragon Veterinary Referrals where she was diagnosed with primary secretory otitis media (PSOM), or ‘glue ear’.

Last month she underwent surgery to have tiny holes drilled in her ear drums to drain fluid from her middle ear.



Poppy with owners Stuart and Jackie Drabble

After the two-hour procedure, six-year-old Poppy was completely cured and she was able to return home to York the same day.

And she is now happily woofing along to her favourite movie once again.

Jackie said: “As soon as she came round from the anaesthetic the improvement was instantaneous.

“I sneezed in the vets and Poppy jumped because it seemed like she hadn’t heard one in years.

“Her demeanour changed straight away.

“Whereas before she had withdrawn into herself, after she was like a new dog and would play with the grandchildren like a puppy.”

Sian Harries, an advanced practitioner in small animal dermatology who operated on Poppy, said: “Holes were placed in her ear drum under video otoscopic guidance and the thick contents gently teased out to drain her middle ear in both ears.

“This is a routine procedure in referral dermatology practice and took less than two hours with Poppy’s hearing instantly improved.

“The owner’s granddaughter loves The Sound of Music and watches it repeatedly.

“When Poppy was younger, she would always bark at the scene where Captain Georg von Trapp introduced his children with his whistle.

“She stopped doing that more than two years ago as she became deaf but when it was on television again recently, she barked again when the scene came on which was obviously a magical moment for Poppy and all the family.”