Deaf Puppy Learns Sign Language After Being Adopted By Deaf Man

Emerson, a 6 week old black Labrador mix puppy, was dumped at an animal shelter and left to fight for his life. Not only was the puppy deaf, but he also suffered from seizures and had a highly contagious viral illness.

Despite all his struggles, Emerson was given treatment for his disease and was able to pull through.

The NFR Maine animal shelter made a Facebook post about finding Emerson the perfect home. Many people replied and expressed interest, but they knew one man who contacted them was perfect. Nick Abbot, a 31-year-old, was touched by Emerson’s story because he too is deaf.

“Nick said he was interested in meeting Emerson because they would understand each other, being that they both share the same hearing difficulties” the shelter posted.

“When Nick and his mom walked into the house to meet Emerson, Emerson made a direct line for Nick and sat at his feet. That’s all it took. I was sold that this was fate, and these two belonged to each other.”

Emerson and Abbott have been living together now for about three months, and their relationship has captivated social media. Apparently, Abbott has been teaching sign language to Emerson so they can communicate. Within one week, Emerson already learned the sign for “sit.”

It goes without saying that the shelter has been absolutely delighted that it was able to find the perfect home for Emerson.

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