Deaf woman adopts deaf dog who knows sign language

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Aurora, NE (KHGI/CNN) —The staff at a Nebraska Humane Society said it can be hard for older or disabled dogs to get adopted.

But Rosie, a three-year-old pit bull, who captured the heart of a volunteer is now with a very special family who can relate with the dog’s disability.

Both Rosie and her new owner are deaf.

Volunteer Tracie Pfeifle taught Rosie basic commands through sign language. She said it brought the dog out of her shell and she became more sociable.

Then it was a waiting game for Rosie, waiting for someone willing to learn her new language to come along and adopt her.

Luckily, Cindy Koch, who is hearing impaired herself, always wanted a deaf dog. She and her family already communicate with each other through sign language, so learning Rosie’s signs will be easy. And they plan to teach her more.

For Pfeifle, however, it was a bittersweet day when Rosie left the shelter with her new family.

“It’s what I hoped would eventually happen and it did,” Pfeifle said. “She couldn’t have gone to a nicer family.”

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