A deaf man has rehomed a deaf dog and taught his new friend a few tricks – such as sign language.
Nick Abbott was born deaf so when he found out about Emerson he knew he had to give him a new home. And since taking him in to his home in Maine, Abbott has passed on commands with sign language. The 12-week-old puppy was suffering from seizures and contracted the parvovirus as well as being deaf.
It was sad to see that due to Emerson’s health complications that all his brothers and sisters were rehomed, and he was left all on his own in the shelter.
Nick first noticed Emerson on social media when NFR Maine animal shelter in Maine, USA, posted on Facebook asking for someone to look after him.
‘We aren’t sure if Emerson was born deaf and visually impaired or if it was a result of the seizures but what we do know is that neither one of those bother him one bit. He gets around quite good because he can see some.‘
‘He has been given an opportunity to live life, not once but twice, so he is gonna live it.’
When Nick saw Emerson for the first time it felt like the homeless canine had ‘picked him’.
Then Abbott started showing the pup sign language.