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A Deaf Man Adopts Deaf Rescue Puppy And Teaches Him Sign Language

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    Meet Emerson

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    Emerson, a hard-of-hearing Labrador, was the only pup left of his litter left unadopted. Has a pup with a hereditary audial problem, it was near impossible for Emerson to find a suitable home and seemed like all hope was lost until Nick Abbot stepped in and changed this puppy's life forever. 

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    Emerson's story:

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    When Lindsay Powers shared Emerson's story, she revealed that the little pup experienced a seizure at birth and some seizures afterwards which lead him to break out with parvo. Parvo is an infection that attacks the eardrums of dogs.

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    In hopes of finding Emerson's furever home, Lindsay did her best to help people see Emerson as a regular pup who loves to do regular dog things!

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    Photos of Emerson in foster care:

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    Then Nick Abbot came into the picture!

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    It's not easy to raise a deaf puppy, but Nick Abbot, from Maine, had something profound in common with Emerson. Nick is deaf, just his new pup! 

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    Nick’s application was processed quickly and the two were able to meet.

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    And it was an instant connection!

    Nick's mother told Good Morning America, "They were meant for each other… it's amazing."

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    Two peas in a pod

    Nick's mother continues, "Whenever they're together, Emerson is always finding a way to lean on Nick." Turns out, these two really needed each other. The family has now been attempting to teach Emerson sign language -- and it's working! Emerson has already learned to sit, stay and come. Nick's mother finished by saying, "If Nick reaches up and shakes his ear lobe, Emerson will bark." 


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