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Man adopts puppy because they have one very special thing in common

Black lab mix puppy sleeps on owner's lap dog-happy
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When you are born with a hardship, all you can do is make the most of the situation. And it’s always better when you can get a friend involved, especially one that knows exactly what you’re going through.

By Justine Seraphin , 4 May 2019

Nick Abbott, 31, from Maine, was born deaf. Although this had never stopped him from living his life, Nick knew something was missing.

The missing piece

Way down South, in Florida, a puppy was fighting an infection known as canine parvovirus. Once brought to the North Florida Rescue in Maine, he was nursed back to health. But it wasn’t long before his carers realised something else was wrong with the little lab-mix.

The pup clearly had hearing difficulties. It is unknown whether these difficulties started at birth or after the puppy was sick. Nevertheless, he was going to need a special home, one that would be patient, and available to care for him despite his disability.

The perfect match

Lindsay Powers took the pup home to foster, and named him Emerson. She posted some photos of him on her Facebook, hoping that this would help him get adopted.

She wrote: 'My [Emerson’s] brothers and sisters have found homes already but I’m still looking. My foster mom thinks that’s because people see I’m deaf, and that makes people nervous, but she wants everyone to know that being deaf is the LEAST of my worries!!'

Some weeks later, Powers received an application from a young man named Nick. His application moved Powers: 'I’m deaf also, and I feel like we’d have a good connection.'

Powers processed the application within the day.

A new beginning

It was a match made in heaven! Emerson fell in love with Nick and vice-versa. The pair are now living together and joined at the hip.

“It’s amazing,” said Nick’s mum, “Whenever they’re together, Emerson is always finding a way to lean on Nick.”


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Nick is even teaching little Emerson sign language. So far, he’s learned to sit, lay down, and come, by only following hand signals.

“If Nick reaches up and shakes his ear lobe, Emerson will bark – it’s so cute,” adds Nicks mum.

These two are so lucky they found each other! We wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

Deaf man adopts deaf puppy and teaches him sign language

MEANT TO BE: This deaf man adopted a deaf rescue puppy and taught him commands using sign language ❤️️

Posted by The Uplift on Monday, April 29, 2019