Camila Villafañe

By Camila Villafañe

LifeBuzz Staff

Couple Adopts Deaf Dog From Shelter, Discovers She Already Understood Sign Language.

Tricks Up Her Paws

Tricks Up Her Paws

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The dog was taken to a vet to undergo a routine exam, but no one could have foreseen what happened next, but when it did, everyone's jaws dropped. As luck would have it, this dog might have been deaf and old, but she still had a few tricks up her paws. Once her new family discovered that there was more to her than met the eye, they knew they owned one special dog. And it all began with a few photos and a shocking revelation.

Searching For The Right Dog

Searching For The Right Dog

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Tom and Jane Cannone were looking to adopt a dog, but they certainly weren't looking for one that was deaf. The couple wanted a dog badly, so they started looking online for a potential dog they could adopt and bring back to their home in Norfolk, Virginia. There were plenty of dogs looking for a new family, but the Cannones wanted something unique. They wanted a dog that was big and gentle, so they considered a Boxer, which is how they stumbled onto the Carolina Boxer Rescue.

They Saved Boxers

They Saved Boxers

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The Carolina Boxer Rescue is an organization that places Boxers who have been impounded, abandoned, abused or are simply strays, into a temporary or permanent home. The Rescue operates mainly in North and South Carolina, but they've expanded to areas of southern Virginia. But their shelter in Hampstead was four hours from where the Cannone's lived. However, when the couple sifted through CBR's Facebook page, one dog, in particular, grabbed their attention.

Boombox The Boxer

Boombox The Boxer

Tom Cannone / Facebook

Boombox was a white female Boxer with one black eye and one blue eye. According to the page, she was 8 years old and she appeared to be very playful. Jane sensed that there was something unique about this Boxer, so she reached out to the Carolina Boxer Rescue. The Rescue notified her that Boombox was on no one's adoption waiting list, which shocked Jane. Boombox seemed sweet and beautiful. But eventually, she discovered the reason why no one wanted her.

No One Wanted Her

No One Wanted Her

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Boombox was deaf, which was typical for some white Boxers. This congenital condition is the result of a lack of pigmented skin in the inner ear, which causes the nerve endings to deteriorate during the first few weeks after they're born. About 5 to 8% of white Boxers suffer from this condition, and most end up in shelters because no one is willing to look after a deaf dog. Fortunately, Jane and Tom felt differently, which was fortunate for Boombox.

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