Deaf Man Rescues Deaf Puppy and Teaches Him Sign Language

Nick Abbot, a 31-year-old Maine resident who was born deaf, fell in love with a six-week-old Florida puppy named Emerson after seeing the dog and his story on Facebook. Emerson had suffered seizures and an infection as a pup, both of which may have led to a hearing impairment.

Feeling a connection to Emerson, Abbot adopted the dog and is teaching him to sign. So far, Emerson has mastered the commands “sit,” “come over” and bark.

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