A Little Girl’s Life Was Changed Forever By A Deaf Boxer.
Daily Star UK
Grownup things can be quite overwhelming for a child. Adults tend to have a difficult time taking the stand to testify against someone who hurt them, so imagine how scary it would be for a child. This little girl had to take the stand to testify against a man who had wronged her, and as soon as she saw him, she couldn't move. Everything inside of her told her not to do it. That was until she signaled something to her dog.
Say Hello To Karl
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Karl has a lot of responsibilities as a working dog, but he isn't your typical working dog. Karl is a 65-pound boxer and he's meant to protect and serve. He's not a police dog, but he was definitely a hero to one little girl. Karl is a special K9-circuit dog who attends court. Sometimes, when children have to take the stand, they tend to have a difficult time, and this is where dogs like Karl come in. But Karl has a certain advantage.
A Special Fella
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Karl was born unable to hear. As hard as it is to believe, this actually helped Karl in his life. He wasn't like any dog in his unit. The other canines had to go through training to ignore the courtroom sounds. People's cries, the general buzz, and the banging gavel can make dogs go crazy. But thanks to his hearing impairment, Karl didn't even notice the sounds, but it also affected his work.
A Goofy Guy
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Because Karl couldn't hear, he was a laid-back kind of dog, which made him a hit with children. He was also big enough to make them feel safe, but floppy enough to make them feel relaxed. Karl also liked to wear a blue hat to to court every single day, which made him seem goofy. And that made the kids love him even more, especially one little girl that Karl assisted. But his hearing loss did cause one issue.
A Difficult Time
Because Karl was deaf, his training was a bit more difficult than other pups. A deaf dog requires special instructions. Since they can't hear their commands, eye contact is imperative, which can be a problem. Just imagine trying to train an excited puppy that can't hear you. Instead of just telling them to "heel" when they're going crazy, you have to captivate their full attention. But Karl surprised his trainers when he began to do something one day.
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