Couple Adopts Deaf Dog From Shelter, Discovers She Already Understood Sign Language.
Hang On, We're Coming
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Jane knew she'd have to make special arrangements to get Boombox home, but she was head over heels in love with Boombox, and Tom was too. So, Carolina Boxer Rescue approved their application to adopt Boombox almost immediately, but there was one issue. Boombox was living in a foster home located in Charleston, South Carolina, which was even further than the shelter in Hampstead. But this didn't deter the Cannones.
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Jane and Tom planned it out and then took a road trip all the way to Charleston to pick up their beloved new white Boxer. A few days later, they were home and they introduced a brand-new member to their family. Naturally, the couple was happy to see how well-behaved Boombox was. Jane imagined that Boombox's previous owners treated her with kindness because the pooch was kind and loving. In less than no time, Boombox had formed a bond with her new family. But the couple was about to discover something amazing about their dog.
A Complete Workup
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Jane and Tom went to Ghent to take Boombox to the Dog & Cat Hospital, where she received a full checkup. It turns out, she was in great shape. The vet found no health issues whatsoever, but Jane and Tom discovered something else at the hospital. When the vet, Dr. Layne Brett, learned Boombox was deaf, she decided to run an experiment to test a theory.
She Knew A Language
Dr. Brett used her hand to make a downward motion. In sign language, this means to sit. A lot of dogs are trained to learn sign language because they're either deaf, or their owner is. But despite all the time Boombox had spent at the shelter, and her brief time with the Cannones, no one had to bothered to check to see if Boombox knew sign language. But it didn't take them long to figure it out.
She Got It
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When Dr. Brett made the hand signal, Boombox obeyed, which left Jane and Tom breathless. They had a tough time believing that this deaf dog, who was 8 years old, and spent a lot of time at the shelter, had actually been trained by her previous owner to understand sign language. But the couple was ecstatic because they knew that this skill would allow them to interact with Boombox.
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