Aphantasia: What it is like to have no imagination

Sara Dajani                                           12/03/18                                              Aphantasia

A growing number of New Zealanders are being diagnosed with a condition that prevents their ability to have a visual imagination

Michelle Andrews, a 42-year-old parent in the North Shore has only recently discovered that she has aphantasia.

Aphantasia is a condition that only affects two and a half percent of the world’s population.

She was always amazed by her son’s imagination and often said to him that he had superpowers, before she realised that she “has superpowers” between the two, says Ms Andrews.

Ms Andrews says that she always hated reading fiction books like Harry Potter because she could never visualise the script in her head.

Whereas, everything that she remembers is based on “facts, logic, and feelings” rather than visual memories, Ms Andrews says.


Ms Andrews pictured in her living room

Ms Andrews discovered that something may be different about her, when she could not picture anything in her head during a yoga session at a relaxing retreat in the Coromandel.

Ms Andrews said that she began to do a lot of research and was blown away when she discovered aphantasia, and was amazed that everyone else was able to picture images in their heads.

“Aphantasia was only discovered in the late 1880s and was only given a name in the early 2000’s, yet people working in mental health, medicine and education do not know about it” says Ms Andrews.

Ms Andrews related her experience to a Facebook post written by Blake Ross, who is a co-founder of Firefox.

“I have never visualized anything in my entire life. I can’t ‘see’ my father’s face or a bouncing blue ball, my childhood bedroom or the run I went on ten minutes ago. I thought ‘counting sheep’ was a metaphor. I’m 30 years old and I never knew a human could do any of this. And it is blowing my goddamned mind” Mr Ross wrote.

54-year-old, Gaye Manley from Manawatu, only just found out three months ago that she has aphantasia as well. She said that she first heard about it on the radio, and never knew that everyone else was able to visualise.

“To me, it seems really amazing that people can do that. I feel really annoyed that I can’t,” says Ms Manley.

39-year-old Holly Dove, says that finding out she has aphantasia two years ago has been a positive experience for her, since she has been able to realise why she thinks in different ways.

Ms Andrews says that she is continuing to research aphantasia and keep in touch with others that have it too.

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Week 3

This week I have been trying to work on more than one of my stories. One of the ideas I have been struggling with this week, is deciding whether my news stories are newsworthy. As Edwards (2010) has noted, good journalism revolves around writing news stories that are in the public interest. Even though I think my stories so far have been interesting, I think I do need to tackle more serious issues that deal with more serious matters affecting people’s lives. My stories have been relatively positive so far, but I haven’t covered any negative stories, which may help strengthen my journalism skills. Therefore, I will make an effort to find stories that are more challenging in terms of having negative connotations, in order to widen my news gathering skills. My stories have mainly been human interest based so far, which I have enjoyed writing. According to Comrie (2013), these stories are the main preference of stories amongst readers. For example, my story for this week focuses on Aphantasia, and the experiences that a few New Zealanders have had with it, after only recently discovering that they have the condition. I spent two hours interviewing my main source at her house a couple of weeks ago, and it was such an interesting experience. During that interview, I learned so much about the condition and about little the public knows about it. Therefore, I thought it was right to write a news-story about it, and include New Zealanders experiences into it.

Reckless drivers around schools cause concern

Unfocused drivers in the North Shore are forcing parents to feel anxious about their children’s safety on the roads

 By Sara Dajani

Parents of a North Shore community have expressed concern for young children at crossings.

Katrina Pace, mother of two, has turned to Facebook to discuss child safety at the crossings near schools on Lake Road in the North Shore.

Pace wrote about her concerns on the Birkenhead and Northcote Community page which has 8,000 members.

Pace turned to Facebook to write her concerns in hopes that drivers will be more aware of the driving conditions around schools.

She said that she has seen cars drive through the zebra crossing when children are waiting to cross.


The crossing on Lake Road near Onepoto Primary

She has seen this happen multiple times at these crossings, near several schools such as Northcote Intermediate and Onepoto Primary.

“The kids all stop and wait for the cars at the crossing, and four or five different cars will drive through the crossing” Katrina said.

Pace said that the drivers are unaware of the driving conditions and that they are in a school zone, and do not look at the signs.

Another member of the community, Nadine Mstfa said that she has seen a woman get hit at a crossing on Lake Road, and straight after it happened another car almost hit another person.

Pace said that she has contacted Northcote Intermediate about what she has seen and they have said that they are trying to monitor it as best as they can.

Northcote Intermediate’s principal, Ben Kelsey, told Pace that all the children know that they need to wait at the crossing, and thankfully, every child always waits before they cross.

Kelsey said that the school will continue to monitor student safety around the area as best as they can.

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Week Two

This week I have found many of my stories that I am going to be writing on for my assignments. I have realised that I am particularly interested in human interest stories, and I have noticed that some of my stories are human interest. Comrie (2013)  notes that human interest stories are one of the most common type of stories that readers prefer. My second story is definitely a human interest story, because it involves a group of people who worked together in order to purchase a cow called Felix before he went to be sold for meat. The interviews that I conducted with my sources were touching, and educational. Since I learned a lot about the experience that they shared together, and how many people were involved. When I was interviewing my subjects for my story, I realised that it was difficult for me to think of questions to ask. According to Strong (2013), interviewing people can look easy, but being able to hold a good interview is harder than what it seems. Asking the right questions will be able to differentiate you to other journalists (Strong, 2013). Therefore, I have realised that I need to think about my questions more thoughtfully within the coming weeks ahead.

Week One

This week is the first week that all students have been searching for stories. According to Comrie (2013), one of the hardest parts about journalism is finding news stories and determining whether it is newsworthy or not. During this first week, I was thinking hard about where to find stories, and I think that initial hunt for a story is one of the hardest parts about journalism. In week one of our final year of our degree, this is something that was on my mind when I was searching for my first story. Comrie (2013) also said that good news is supposed to evoke excitement and talk within people. My first story evokes talk about people since it involves road safety issues and reckless driving, which is an issue that everyone needs to be aware about in Auckland. The first week back at university, has also made me think about the stories that I want to write as a journalist. I want to be able to inspire and educate people on world news stories that affect people, and hopefully help make a difference in the world with my stories, as well as highlight important stories that are not talked about as much in western countries.

RNZ Bulletin

It’s RNZ news at two‘o’clock – I’m Tamara Dajani


Byline: Sara Dajani

Sara Dajani                                         5/10/17                        Ministry of Social Development TP


The Ministry of Social Development are being accused in an investigation of the death of Wendy Shoebridge.


The investigation has arisen due to the department having monthly quotas to prosecute beneficiaries for benefit fraud.


Vanessa Cole, spokesperson for AAAP says that the nature of the Ministry of Social Development’s fraud investigating is dangerous.


In: “The former MSD investigator in the case of Wendy Shoebridge revealed that MSD forced investigation staff to get at least one prosecution

Out: and recover $30,000 in debt per month.”


Mrs Cole says that beneficiaries can experience trauma as a result of the actions made by fraud investigators.




LITTER: Voicer

BYLINE: Sara Dajani


Sara Dajani                                  5/10/17                                             Las Vegas travel plans VCR


Auckland travellers are becoming wary about travelling to Las Vegas after the shooting.


An Auckland resident, Jane Hawken has expressed concern over her travel plans to Las Vegas and has decided to stay away from the tourist areas as much as possible.


She has changed her hotel so that she won’t be staying on the Strip.
Sara Dajani has more.


In: Hawken says that she will focus her trip on the nearby attractions such as the Grand Canyon rather than spending more than one night in Las Vegas.


She has expressed safety concerns about travelling to Las Vegas.


Hawken says that the shooting has influenced her to revisit Flight Centre and alter her travel plans.


Out: This is Sara Dajani.






BYLINE: Sara Dajani


Sara Dajani                                           5/10/17                                             Honolulu flights WRT


Air New Zealand is drastically increasing their flights to Honolulu next year.


From April to October there will be a 75% increase in return flights seats, which equals an additional 94 return flights.


The Boeing 777-200 will be operating during these peak months.


Hawaii is an ideal travel destination for New Zealanders who want to go overseas during the winter.


Chief revenue officer Cam Wallace says that flights have increased to offer New Zealanders more variety of flights and a higher number of premium seats.




BYLINE: Sara Dajani


Sara Dajani                                            05/10/17                                      North shore burglary TP


Houses in a North Shore suburb have been burgled whilst their residents were on holiday.


In Birkenhead Point, house residents have returned home to find that their homes have been severely burgled whilst they were away.


Next door neighbour, Lucie O’Keeffe has expressed concern about the security of her own house in the neighbourhood.


In: Mrs O’Keeffe says that it is shocking that her neighbours have been burgled since it has not happened in her area before.


Out: Her neighbourhood is now making sure that they have security measures after the recent scare.


Mrs O’Keeffe says that the burglars have not yet been found.




Byline: Sara Dajani


Sara Dajani                                         5/10/17                                                          Aquathlon WRT
The New Zealand team for the Aquathlon World Champions were pleased to be racing in cooler temperatures this week.


29 athletes raced in the New Zealand team this week.

The swimming sector of the race was described as difficult since there was little buoyancy in the fresh water lake.


This morning, Kyle Smith scored a bronze medal in the Aquathlon championships.


Racing in the Penticton officially ends on Sunday.


And that’s the news.



Justification of stories:


The story about Las Vegas was included because the shooting is very relevant to our society. It informs readers about some attitudes that Aucklanders have towards Las Vegas after the shooting. The video was chosen to interview an Aucklander and to show her emotion. The North Shore burglary story is relevant because RNZ often share stories about crime. The photograph was chosen to show the residential area, close to the bridge that the burglary occurred in.



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Lucie O’Keeffe 0210344685

The coverage of Metiria Turei’s resignation

Metiria Turei was heavily broadcasted on Radio New Zealand (RNZ) across a number of platforms in regards to her resignation as one of the co-leaders of the Green Party on the 9th of August. They broadcasted her resignation on different platforms such as on-air radio, Facebook, Twitter and their app. TVNZ One News Now also broadcasted the resignation on these platforms as well as television instead of radio. Since this breaking news story revolved around the co-leader of one of the leading political parties in New Zealand, the coverage was highly spread amongst all different platforms to reach a higher amount of New Zealanders. RNZ’s target audience is people aged over ten years. This was a story that involved New Zealand politics, which means that it was a concern to all New Zealand citizens. However, this story mainly affects those who are eligible to vote, therefore, RNZ mainly wanted to inform people over eighteen years of age.


RNZ’s newer platforms such as their app allow young adults to listen to their live radio broadcasting on their smartphones. These platforms allow RNZ to grow larger since they reach 15.5 percent of the New Zealand population every week (Radio New Zealand, 2017). Since technology is growing at a fast pace, mobile journalism allows people with smartphones to keep up with the latest news, since it is updated regularly online (Westlund, 2013). Therefore, New Zealanders are sourcing their news from apps rather than directly from traditional radio or television. Westlund (2013) also stated that more people have access to online sources when they are on-the-go. This means that RNZ’s app allowed New Zealanders to instantly click on notifications that appeared on their lock screen regarding Turei’s resignation. Their app is very formal and informative because it provides access to listen to their live radio broadcasting. It provided written content, pictures and audio from live radio such as Checkpoint’s coverage that aired at 5:08 pm when John Campbell played a recording of Turei’s resignation.


One of the main differences between One News Now and RNZ’s coverage is that One News Now mainly relied on video coverage across all their platforms, which they sourced their live footage of her resignation at the press conference. Whereas, on-air radio allowed RNZ to constantly update their news to the public and share it on social media before the other news broadcasters. One News Now was only able to formally inform the public of her resignation during their news show in the evening. In The Week in Review, posted on the 11th of August, RNZ restated what happened regarding Turei the entire week and also focused on adding in interviews of John Campbell speaking to Turei when she exclusively confirmed her resignation on air to RNZ (Radio New Zealand, 2017).


RNZ significantly used Facebook to attract more people, and increase engagement and their field of reach to New Zealanders who do not listen to traditional radio broadcasting. Younger New Zealanders are more inclined to be Facebook users since it has evolved in more recent years, and they tend to use Facebook as their first source of obtaining news that appears on their news feed. Their Facebook post of Turei’s resignation allowed people to like, comment and share the breaking news story with their close family and friends. They accompanied their post with a photo of Turei at the press conference. One News Now used Facebook Live to share the resignation because they were able to reach a significantly greater amount of people than their other platforms since the video got 30,000 views which spread their audience reach even further.

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RNZ also used Twitter to share the story, however, there was more engagement on their Facebook page in terms of likes, shares and generating a conversation through long comments. In comparison to RNZ who post on their Twitter page every hour, One News Now also posts on their Twitter page. In contrast to RNZ’s Facebook headlines, their Twitter headlines were shorter in order to fit into the 180-character limit. Both platforms also relied on providing links to the full story on their website in order to provide access to reading the full article. RNZ’s website posts of the coverage were very concise and they have a timeline of the events that took place before and after the breaking news story. This allowed their audience to be thoroughly informed, in case they had missed the earlier on-going live coverage that was shared (Radio New Zealand, 2017).

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Longer captions on Facebook to describe what happened


In regards to on-air broadcasting, both broadcasters were immensely competitive with each other, in regards to the news content that was broadcasted. Checkpoint on RNZ was exclusively told by a family member of Turei’s that she had support when she was on the domestic purposes benefit. Checkpoint was able to contact Turei and ask her a series of questions which she had not answered. At 5 pm that day she publicly resigned. Checkpoint aired this interview through their app and on-air to spread their field of reach and get people to tune in. Boyd (1998) has stated that prominence is an important news value. This news value is applicable to this story since Turei was a prominent co-leader of the Green Party, which meant that New Zealanders were very intrigued to hear suspicious news about her. RNZ’s coverage of Turei’s resignation was prominent since they were able to leak new information, unlike other broadcasters that had not been exposed to it.


In conclusion, on all of RNZ’s platforms, there were different elements which allowed them to reach a greater amount of people. Facebook allowed for a higher level of community engagement. Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter allowed RNZ and One News Now to broadcast the resignation live and inform the public as soon as they could. However, RNZ was able to provide greater coverage on the story.




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Westlund, O. (2013). Mobile News: A review and model of journalism in an age of mobile media: Digital Journalism 1(1), 6-26.

E-News portrays the Kardashian’s bodies to be ideal body shapes for all women in society?


According to Clay, Vignoles and Dittmar (2005), the media commonly places a significant amount of emphasis on women obtaining self-worth from the outward appearance of their bodies. However, this image of what is considered a beautiful body is becoming unattainable for the average woman to have (Clay et al., 2005). E-News is a newscast that has a television presence and online presence that disseminates news about celebrities and their personal lives. They have a significant focus on the Kardashian family. E-News transmits news that glorifies the Kardashian’s body shapes and suggest that they are ideal body shapes for women in society. E-News frequently posts articles about the Kardashian family and their physiques, calling them ‘fit’ and suggest that their bodies are desirable.

According to Olds and Barnes (2013), celebrity gossip may make people compare themselves to celebrities as a way of seeking self-improvement. Celebrity gossip also makes people seek self-improvement by comparing themselves to people that they desire to be like (Olds & Barnes, 2013). E-News is a celebrity gossip platform because their news reflects the lives of celebrities and their daily lives. They particularly broadcast news about the Kardashian family and their famous bodies. They suggest that the Kardashians have ideal body shapes, which is seen from their articles.

Does E-News depict the Kardashians as role models for female body image?

According to Cashmore in 2006, (as cited in Olds & Barnes, 2013) consumers have become invested in the lives of celebrities and they have appeared to be god-like people, that people look up to as role models. The Kardashians are seen as role models worldwide, and this is depicted by E-News on a daily basis, because of the dissemination of news articles written about the Kardashian family.

According to Alexander in 2010, (as cited in Olds & Barnes, 2013) after the 1910s, audiences generally began to develop an interest in celebrities and their personal lives. The Kardashian’s personal lives are publicized by E-News who reports news about them on a continuous basis. Kardashians are often shown on E-News because they are considered as newsworthy. According to Olds and Barnes (2013), celebrities have wide appeal because they relate to sensationalism stories that usually revolve around elite people (celebrities). According to Clay, Vignoles and Dittmar (2005), the desire to be thin is becoming more desirable amongst women in society because they are being exposed to movies, programs, and magazines that commonly portray certain body shapes as desirable for women to have.

Social media is commonly used by journalists as a way of sharing their news stories online (Ritter, 2015). E-News use their social media accounts such as Twitter, as a gateway for people to access articles that they have posted about the Kardashians. They have written a news story about Kim Kardashian’s body suggesting that she has an ideal body type, because she was still able to wear a bikini when she was pregnant.

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According to Chojnacki, Grant, Maguire and Regan (n.d.), desired female body types are those that are reflected by the media. They tend to be preferred body types and are seen as unattainable to the masses (Chojnacki, et al., n.d.). This reflects how even though Kim Kardashian’s body is seemingly unattainable because of her curves, E-News still writes articles about it. E-News associate positive words with the Kardashian’s bodies in order to emphasise that they have ideal body shapes.

Why does E-News particularly focus on the Kardashians?

Gorin and Dubied in 2011 (as cited by Armstrong et al., 2015) noted that celebrities must fulfil a certain criterion in order for them to be considered newsworthy, which involves having a glamorous lifestyle as well as showing that they are normal people with relatable personalities. This suggests that the Kardashians have a ‘glamorous lifestyle,’ and are worthy of news coverage. Therefore, E-News ensures that the public is up-to-date with changes in the Kardashian’s lifestyles such as their bodies, their weight loss and fitness routines.

According to Rojek in 2001 (as cited by Armstrong, McAdams & Cain, 2015), attributed celebrities is the third category of celebrities which includes individuals that are famous because they have a significant amount of attention given to them from the media. The Kardashian Family lies within this category of celebrities and is noticeably given a significant amount of attention from E-News.

What have the Kardashians been doing on the E channel to spread body image messages, and how have people reacted?

Sensationalism usually relates to elite people in society and is seen as one of the main roles of journalism to make people feel excited about news articles that have been posted (Armstrong, McCain & Cain, 2015). On E Channel, they have their own show called Keeping up with the Kardashians and Khloe Kardashian’s latest show called Revenge Body, that focuses on achieving a desirable body that fits societal standards. It is suggested that women who have appeared on the show have low body confidence because they do not fit societal standards of beauty. Even though Khloe Kardashian is helping women achieve the bodies that they want, the show’s main focus is on how women look. This show suggests that women who look a certain way are not beautiful.

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Two comments of criticism on a YouTube video that E-Entertainment posted on the show suggest that people who watch Khloe Kardashian’s show, may be influenced to think that women are not beautiful if they look a certain way. People have questioned the implications of Khloe Kardashian’s body messages of creating the show.

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These users have criticized Khloe Kardashian for her new show, and have questioned whether the show has implications for women’s self-esteem regarding their body image. This suggests that E-News and the channel are also responsible for the criticism since the show was programmed on E Channel. According to Ceron (2015), social media platforms such as YouTube allows citizens to discuss information that has been broadcasted by news outlets because they are able to speak about their own opinions and perspectives in relation to the information that is being broadcasted. Social media provides a public sphere that allows citizen’s opinions and thoughts to be shown which is not moderated by news outlets (Ceron, 2015).

How does E News’ portrayal of the Kardashians bodies seen to have negative effects on women?


Celebrity gossip can allow people to look at their selves for self-improvement (Olds et al., 2005). A negative connotation of E-News articles that have disseminated ideas of the portrayal of the ideal body shape for women, is that it makes women look at their own bodies for self-improvement. According to Clay, Vignoles and Dittmar (2005), media platforms such as advertising and magazines are portraying the idea that females should be focused on their outward appearance, even though cultural perceptions of desirable female body shapes are unattainable and unrealistic for many women in society. E-News have posted articles about the Kardashians and their promotion of products such as waist trainers. Celebrities allow the public to see into their personal lives through the use of social media (Armstrong et al., 2015). Kylie Jenner uses her own social media accounts such as Instagram to promote waist trainers to millions of followers that she has. This suggests that women may get an unhealthy idea of body image and the idea that Kylie Jenner’s waist is desirable and that the products she has promoted are worth buying. In the image below, she mentions her own body and how the product is helping her maintain her shape.

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How has this portrayal of the Kardashian’s bodies brought about news from other news websites?

The dissemination of news written about the Kardashian’s bodies being seen as desirable for women has brought about a significant amount of discussion from other online news outlets such as New York Daily News. They have discussed that Kim Kardashian’s body is unrealistic and unattainable to the majority of women in the world. In contrast to E-News, they have a different perspective on the Kardashians and the body image messages they are portraying. The New York Daily News provides a link to social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook on their articles to allow citizens to voice their own opinion about these body image messages. According to Shapiro, Brin, Spoel and Marshall (2016), the act of news organisations publishing their articles onto social media has allowed for a public discussion of people’s ideas and feelings in relation to the ideas that have been broadcasted by news media. Ceron (2015) has discussed that the introduction of social media allows for people to read and comment on news articles with their own perspectives, which eliminates an elite-biased perspective to only be represented.

How do other perspectives on women’s beauty differ from E News’ perspective?

Clay et al., (2005) notes that these ‘ideal’ representations of the female body, can result in women feeling dissatisfied with their own body shapes and feel the need to adjust the way that they look themselves. This has lead to a social media discussion online about the implications of the Kardashian’s bodies being idolised, and how important it is for young women to realise their own self-worth. For example, a YouTube channel called StyleLikeU focuses on interviewing women that have a different perception of beauty that is not considered the norm in society. One of the comments on one of their YouTube videos reflect the message of the video of inner beauty, that portrays a different message to what the Kardashians and E News are portraying which is not focused on the outward appearance of females.

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What is social media’s role amongst this? How are citizens involved in determining what news they read about the Kardashians?

According to Ceron (2015), social media has separated the internet into two different groups called Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. Web 1.0 contains news websites such as E-News that broadcast their news in a one-way communication fashion to the public. E-News is a news platform that has disseminated information about the Kardashians to the public but does not respond to information in return. Ceron (2015) notes that journalists want to keep having one-way communication as a way that they can influence the public. Web 2.0 involves social media platforms such as personal blogs, and other social networking sites that allow people to communicate freely with other people in the public (Ceron, 2015).

Social media blogs allow for people to interact with each other about topics that have been discussed in the media and discuss information about the elite from an unbiased perspective (Ceron, 2015). This has noticeably happened online since people have discussed the Kardashians and their body image messages that they are broadcasting to the public. For example, fitness celebrity Blogilates has written a blog about the Kardashians and their Instagram influence. This reflects how she is a part of Web 2.0 and has a different perspective on the Kardashian’s bodies than E-News since she is trying to influence girls to think that the Kardashians portray an unrealistic and unattainable body image to young girls. She has discussed what is portrayed as ‘real’ news online, and has urged young women to not believe everything that the Kardashians are posting on their social media accounts, as well as news that is posted about the Kardashians, such as the articles that E News has posted.

Other online websites such as Harpers Bazaar have written about how unattainable the Kardashian’s bodies are for women to have. Their articles regarding the Kardashians differs to E-News’. Their article has addressed that Kim Kardashian’s body is favoured by women, but is an unrealistic achievement for most women to obtain.

In conclusion, E-News posts many articles in relation to the Kardashians. They are heavily associated with them because they have their own television shows on the E channel. However, in comparison to other news organisations, E-news has portrayed a biased perspective on the Kardashians bodies, by idolizing them to have desirable female bodies. Other news organisations have seen the flaws of their perception of beauty, and have broadcasted opposing news articles. Social media has also allowed for public discussion amongst citizens in relation to ideas of body image, which also differs to E-News’ perception of beauty in regards to the Kardashian’s bodies.

Sara Dajani


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Sara Dajani                               22/05/17                                                     Foster dogs

By Sara Dajani


A North Shore couple adopted a deaf rescue dog into their home of two boys and three other fostered animals.


Bailee is an 18-month-old bull terrier dog that has been adopted by Fiona Sarten and her family.


Sarten adopted the untrained dog a month ago and has had to communicate with the dog through sign language which contains many arm movements, waving and jumping.


Sarten can verbally communicate with her other dogs, therefore Bailee was a change for her.


Bailee was in foster care ever since she was five months old, so she never had a permanent home until Sarten adopted her.


“If people are looking to get a dog, they shouldn’t overlook getting a deaf dog because they aren’t harder to train than any other dog,” said Sarten’s husband, Vince Fong.


Sarten said that people should consider getting a foster dog instead of one from a breeder since it is unfortunate that there are so many unwanted dogs out there.


Bailee is a very intelligent dog that has adapted well to what Sarten has trained her to do.


Fong said that is an absolutely rewarding feeling adopting a deaf dog because many people think they are too much responsibility.


Sarten firmly believes that if you don’t have time for a deaf dog, don’t get one at all, or even consider getting any dog since they need at least one hour exercise a day.


Bailee was adopted by Sarten from the Humane Society of New Zealand which is a charity that operates across the country with many different foster homes.


The charity would never euthanize a dog and is always looking for friendly owners to adopt their rescue dogs.


The Auckland City Pound works with the Humane Society of New Zealand, as they give them dogs in the hopes that they will find a safe home.


Sarten’s family owns two other dogs that they have adopted from the SPCA and the Humane Society.


Bailee the dog at North Shore’s Little Shoal Bay


A North Shore family have been training a deaf dog named Bailee that they’ve adopted into their family home #GiveFosterDogsAHome


Vince Fong


Fiona Sarten


Story found on Birkdale/Beach haven Facebook community page

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