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Match made in Heaven: Story of a deaf man and a puppy

Lindsay Powers, from foster-based rescue NFR Maine, told us beautiful and heart-warming story of a 6-week old lab mix puppy called Emerson.

He was rescued from shelter in Florida but once they got home they noticed something is not right.

“Once we got him home from the vet’s office from Florida, we realized he had hearing difficulties.He doesn’t let it bother him at all, though he’s a typical puppy.” They were not sure if Emerson was born deaf or if he lost his hearing after birth.

Emerson suffered from seizures and an infection called canine parvovirus while he was with Powers. She would have to wait until he got better before putting him up for adoption. Thankfully, they found him a home soon thereafter.

“He had such a rough start to life and he ended up with an absolute fairy tale ending,” Powers added.

She had posted about Emerson on Facebook, and after a few weeks, they found the perfect match for his new forever home. Powers learned that the soon-to-be owner of Emerson, 31-year-old Nick Abbot, was also deaf. Because of that, he had told her, he felt they would have a “good connection.”

Within a day, Powers had processed their application. And before you know it, they had had their first meetup, and it went great. Nick was right.

NFR Maine took to Facebook on March 18, 2019, and wrote about Nick and Emerson’s meetup: “When Nick and his Mom walked into the house to meet Emerson, Emerson made a direct line for Nick and sat at his feet. That’s all it took. I was sold that this was fate, and these 2 belonged to each other.”

Richelle Abbot, Nick’s mom told that her son has since started teaching Emerson sign language. So far, he’s taught Emerson to sit, lie down, and come by signing.

“If Nick reaches up and shakes his ear lobe, Emerson will bark—it’s so cute,” said Richelle, adding that they were “meant for each other.”

Nick and Emerson also have a joint Instagram account with a following of over 22,000 people. Since the first day, Nick has documented and posted about their adventures and new tricks learned.

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