Things are sometimes just meant to be. One of those stories is this one. A puppy that is deaf was adopted by a man who is deaf. And their relationship is heartwarming. According to WABI-5, Emerson was originally seen by 31-year-old Nick Abbott on a Facebook post from NFR, Maine, a dog rescue. I said, “Oh, he’s deaf, too,” Abbott stated to the TV station. Maybe I should go see him in person to learn more about him.
When Emerson was rescued from Florida, he was just six weeks old. He was having seizures and wasn’t doing well because he had the K-9 Pappa viral infection. For those who don’t know, dogs are impacted by the K-9 Pappa virus. It is lethal if neglected.
He had hearing issues once we brought him home from the Florida veterinarian’s office, Lindsay Powers with NFR Maine said on Good Morning America. “He had such a difficult beginning to life.” While “our sweet boy Emerson” was still looking for his forever home as of the dog rescue’s Facebook post, Emerson’s siblings had been adopted out very fast.
He wants everyone to know that despite being deaf, he is still an AMAZING little dog with SO much love to give, as they stated in their letter. According to WABI-5, when Abbott went to visit Emerson, the dog approached him and knelt at his feet. He sort of chose me. And I realized right there that we would get along well and had a solid understanding of one another, said Abbott.
Since their initial meeting, Emerson has mastered the commands Abbott taught him in sign language. Abbott makes an S motion to ask Emerson to “sit.” He also gestures “lay down” by sweeping his palm across his chest.
Richelle, Abbott’s mother, said on Good Morning America that Emerson will bark if Nick reaches up and shakes his ear lobe. Abbott told WABI-5, “The connection we share is incredible. We communicate clearly with one another. I’d like to believe it was intended. He is unique.
I’m so glad that fate connected these two. It merely serves as proof that some things are meant to be.