Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Man Adopts 6-Week-Old Puppy And Teaches Him Basic Sign Language.

It’s tough to understand what it’s like to be deaf unless you actually are deaf. Fortunately, an adorable black lab mix doesn’t have to worry about experiencing this condition on his own thanks to a kind man from Maine. When Nick Abbott, who is also deaf, read an urgent plea on Facebook, he reached out to the shelter to become the proud father of the 6-week-old pup, but, he didn’t just give him a new home. He also gave him a special gift when he taught the pooch sign language.

31-year-old Nick Abbott from Maine was born deaf, so he knew what one puppy was going through.

A 6-week-old black lab mix named Emerson was either born deaf, or he lost his hearing after experiencing seizures. On top of that, he also developed an infection called canine parvovirus.

31-year-old Nick Abbott from Maine was born deaf, so he knew what one puppy was going through.

Courtesy Richelle and Nick Abbott

It was touch and go there for a second, but Emerson managed to recover and was put up for adoption.

Lindsay Powers works for NFR Maine, a dog and cat rescue that saves lives from the high-kill shelters in Northwest Florida. "Once we got him home from the vet's office from Florida, we realized he had hearing difficulties," Powers shared with Good Morning America.

It was touch and go there for a second, but Emerson managed to recover and was put up for adoption.

Courtesy Richelle and Nick Abbott

Losing his hearing didn’t bother Emerson at all, according to Powers, who claims he was a typical puppy.

Emerson didn’t exactly have a great start to life, but thankfully, he got the perfect Hollywood ending. Powers wasn’t entirely sure if he lost his hearing later on or if he had been born deaf but she knew she wanted to find him a forever home.

Emerson had siblings too which Powers had rescued, but sadly, Emerson was the only one left.

Maybe he wasn’t adopted because he was deaf, but Powers didn’t want people getting the wrong idea. Emerson might have been deaf, but he still had tons of love to give. He just needed someone to give him a chance.

In March 2019, Powers went on Facebook and posted Emerson’s story along with a cute photo.

She pleaded with Facebook users to share the post so that Emerson would have a shot of finding a new owner. Then, out of the blue, NFR Maine received an application from Abbott, and it was almost too good to be true.

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