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Friends, family, support groups, even online communities – there are so many places to turn to for human companionship. But what about canine companionship? People aren’t the only ones who need a little support…and they aren’t the only ones who can give support, either. Our customer Linda J. is in a very unique situation. Born deaf and recently diagnosed with diabetes, she just made a new best friend. This friend might be four-legged and covered in fur, but the two of them have one very important thing in common; Linda and her new puppy, Crystal have a special bond, because Crystal is deaf as well. “I went to the SPCA to pick up my dog, Scotty, from grooming. A lady who can do [sign language] came to me to tell me that she had a deaf puppy. I told [her] that I wanted to see it,” Linda explained. “She took me to a shelter and I saw a cute white puppy with a black spotted tail. Her eyes were so blue; I loved her already.” Taking care of a deaf dog can be challenging, and many deaf dogs are euthanized when they can’t find homes with people who are willing to put in the extra time and effort. But Linda understands the dog’s condition better than most. She knows how to communicate with Crystal and understands that patience is key when teaching the dog new things. “Since you can’t talk to a deaf dog, you just show love or cuddle them,” Linda said. “If you know sign language, then use it with [them].”
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