A deaf man has not only done an amazing thing by giving a deaf, visually-impaired rescue puppy a much-needed new home, but he’s also […]
A deaf man has not only done an amazing thing by giving a deaf, visually-impaired rescue puppy a much-needed new home, but he’s also gone one better by teaching him sign language so the two can communicate with each other.
Nick Abbott, 31, of Maine, adopted his dog Emerson from the North Florida Rescue (NFR) centre when he was just 12 weeks old.
At 6 weeks old, Emerson was rescued from a shelter in Florida and later transferred up north.The black lab mix experienced seizures and an infection known as canine parvovirus. He eventually pulled through and was put up for adoption, said Lindsay Powers of NFR Maine.
Powers said she’s unsure if Emerson was born deaf or if he lost his hearing later on.
In March, Powers shared a Facebook post in hopes to find Emerson a forever home.
Nickb decided to adopt Emerson after reading a Facebook post about him from NFR, which said ‘amazing’ Emerson was still looking for his ‘forever home’ after all his siblings were adopted.
Weeks later, NFR Maine received an application from Abbott.
Adopted. Update 3/14: Emerson is still looking for his forever home 🙁 please keep sharing this sweet boy deserves…
Nick, who is also deaf, has since starting teaching Emerson sign language so that they could communicate with each other.
His four-legged pal will sit when Nick signs the letter ‘S‘, and will even lie down on the floor when his owner signs a straight line.
“The bond that we have is awesome,” Nick said.
“We understand each other very well. I’d like to think it was meant to be. He’s special.”