In a story “with an absolute fairy tale ending,” a man born deaf adopted a puppy who is also deaf.
Nick Abbott, 31, told WABI-5 that he learned about Emerson through a Facebook post from NFR Maine, a foster-based dog rescue.
“I said, ‘Oh, he’s deaf as well,'” Abbott told the TV station. “Perhaps I should go check him out and see what he’s all about.”
Emerson was rescued from Florida when he was 6 weeks old. He had seizures and was infected with canine parvovirus, a contagious virus that affects dogs and can be fatal if not treated.
“Once we got him home from the vet’s office from Florida, we realized he had hearing difficulties,” Lindsay Powers with NFR Maine told Good Morning America on Tuesday. “He had such a difficult start in life.”
All of Emerson’s siblings were adopted quickly, but “our sweet boy Emerson” was still looking for a home, the dog rescue group said in its Facebook post.
“He wants everyone to know that despite being deaf, he is still an AMAZING little pup with SO much love to give!”
When Abbott first met Emerson, the dog approached him and sat at his feet, according to WABI-5.
“He kind of picked me. And I knew right then and there that we’d get along well and understand each other “He stated.
Since then, Abbott has been teaching Emerson sign language commands.
According to WABI-5, the letter S represents “sit,” and sweeping his hand across in a straight line represents “lie down.”
“If Nick reaches up and shakes his ear lobe, Emerson will bark – it’s so cute,” Abbott’s mom, Richelle, told Good Morning America.
“Our bond is incredible,” Abbott told WABI-5. “We have a great understanding of one another. I’d like to believe it was fate. He’s unique.”
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