A deaf man adopted a deaf rescue puppy and is teaching him how to communicate using special doggy sign language.
31 year old Nick Abbott was on Facebook one day when he came across a post asking to find an adorable black lab mix named Emerson a forever home.
Abbott says he knew Emerson’s disability would help them form a bond. “I was drawn to him right away because we had similarities. I felt I could understand him.” he told CBS News.
Emerson was only six weeks old when he was rescued from a shelter in Florida and transferred to a foster-based rescue, NFR Maine.
From a young age, the little puppy suffered seizures and was diagnosed with canine parvovirus, a highly contagious infection, suffers from a vision impairment and had partial hearing loss.
“He doesn’t let it bother him at all, though he’s a typical puppy,” Lindsay Powers of NFR Maine told Good Morning America. Soon Emerson was put up for adoption and Powers revealed there was one application that stood out the most to her.
“Right off the bat he said, ‘I’m deaf also and I feel like we’d have a good connection.” Powers said of Abbot’s application.
Powers reached out to Abbot and arranged a meeting between the two. “He came straight to me at the door and sat right away at my feet and stayed there. So you can tell he kind of picked me. And I knew right then and there that we would get along and understand each other pretty good.” Abbott told WABI.
Since adopting Emerson, Abbott has been training him all of the usual commands using sign language. He has taught him commands of sit, lay down, come and the pup even barking if Nick shakes his ear lobe.
Nick’s mother, Richelle Abbott, says she believes her son and his pup were meant for each other. “Whenever they’re together, Emerson is always finding a way to lean on Nick,” she told Good Morning America.
Nick and Emerson have now created a joint Instagram account to share their story.
“This will go down in history as one of my all time favorite adoptions stories,” NFR Maine shared. “This will be the story I tell people when they ask ‘Why/how can you foster like that’ That question has A LOT of answers, but the easiest is love.”
How wonderful is this sweet story! We are glad Emerson found a forever home with such a loving dad who is as unique as he is.
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