A man born who was born deaf now owns a sweet puppy who’s also unable to hear.
Nick Abbott, 31, of Maine, adopted his dog Emerson through the foster-based rescue organization, NFR Maine.
At six-weeks-old, Emerson was rescued from a shelter in Florida and later sent up north. The black lab mix experienced seizures, and infection is known as canine parvovirus. Eventually, the puppy recovered and was put up for adoption, said Lindsay Powers of NFR Maine.
“Once we got him home from the vet’s office from Florida, we realized he had hearing difficulties,” Powers told “Good Morning America. “He doesn’t let it bother him at all, though he’s a typical puppy.”
“He had such a rough start to life and he ended up with an absolute fairy tale ending,” Powers added.
Powers said that she’s unsure if Emerson was born deaf or lost his hearing due to his previous ailments.
In March, Powers shared a Facebook post in hopes to help Emerson find him a forever home. Weeks later, NFR Maine received an application from Abbott.
“Right off the bat he said, ‘I’m deaf also and I feel like we’d have a good connection,'” Powers recalled, adding that she processed the application within a day.
Abbott and Emerson soon met for the first time and hit it off. Richelle Abbot, Nick Abbott’s mom, told GMA that her son and the pup were “meant for each other.”
“It’s amazing,” she said of their relationship. “Whenever they’re together, Emerson is always finding a way to lean on Nick.”
Richelle, a mother of two, said Nick has been teaching Emerson sign language to sit, lay down and cum.
“If Nick reaches up and shakes his ear lobe, Emerson will bark — it’s so cute,” she added.
Let’s wish both Nick and Emerson a long and happy life together. What a wonderful story! Please share it with someone in your life who you want to make smile.