Deaf Man Rescues Deaf Puppy, Teaches Him Sign Language

Deaf Man Rescues Deaf Puppy, Teaches Him Sign Language

“He had such a rough start.”

A man who was born deaf is now the owner of a puppy who is also unable to hear, InformNY.com reports.

Nick Abbott adopted the dog through the foster-based rescue NFR Maine.

At the age of 6 weeks, Emerson was rescued from a shelter in Florida and later transferred up north.The black lab mix experienced seizures and canine parvovirus. He eventually pulled through and was put up for adoption, according to Lindsay Powers of NFR Maine.

“Once we got him home from the vet’s office from Florida, we realized he had hearing difficulties,” Powers told ‘Good Morning America.’ “He doesn’t let it bother him at all, though he’s a typical puppy.”

In March, Powers shared a Facebook post hoping to find Emerson a forever home. Weeks later, NFR Maine received an application from Abbott.

“Right off the bat he said, ‘I’m deaf also and I feel like we’d have a good connection,'” Powers recalled, adding that she processed the application within a day.

Richelle Abbott, Nick Abbott’s mom, told ‘GMA’ that her son and the pup were “meant for each other.”
“It’s amazing,” she said. “Whenever they’re together, Emerson is always finding a way to lean on Nick.”

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