Deaf man adopts deaf dog and teaches him commands with sign language

Meet Emerson – he’s a very good doggo but sadly he’s deaf and visually impaired. But now he has a whole new life thanks to his new owner Nick Abbot, who is also deaf. The pair have an incredible bond and Nick is able to communicate with him using sign language. Nick, from Maine, U.S., adopted Emerson as a 12-week-old puppy after reading a Facebook post about him. The post read: ‘Our Sweet boy Emerson is still looking for his forever home. All of his siblings have been adopted and he is left wondering why no one wants to give him a forever home.

He wants everyone to know that even though he may be deaf, he is still an AMAZING little pup with SOO much love to give! All he wants in the whole wide world is to be someones companion!

‘He is not an overly needy pup, he is content snuggling on the couch with you, or finding the perfect sunny spot on the floor to relax in.

He is ALWAYS up for an adventure and is just an all around eager to please little man! He is working on mastering his hand signals and doing great! a very smart little man!’

Emerson was taken in my rescue centre NFR Maine and at eight weeks, he was fighting for his life.

He started having seizures and wasn’t able to eat or drink. He then developed the serious Parvo virus but his rescuers kept fighting to keep him alive.

Amazingly, Emerson recovered but his health meant that all his brothers and sisters were adopted but he was left behind – until Nick came along.

Speaking to WABI, Nick said: ‘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.’

Although they can’t hear each other, Nick and Emerson are able to communicated.

Emerson sits when Nick signs the letter ‘S’ and he lies down on the floor when he signs a straight line.

Nick added: ‘The bond that we have is awesome. We understand each other very well. I’d like to think it was meant to be. He’s special.’