Deaf Woman Adopts Deaf Dog Who Knows Sign Language

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Rosie, a deaf pit bull, had to wait longer than most dogs before being adopted from a Humane Society shelter in Aurora, Nebraska.

Older and disabled dogs are often overlooked by potential owners, according to Tracie Pfeifle, a staff member at the shelter.


Cindy Koch with Rosie

“We started using treats and putting the treat up to your face and saying ‘good girl’ with your thumb up and then she figured out how, that we were communicating with her,” Pfeifle said, adding that basic commands like “sit” and “stay” helped bring Rosie out of her shell.

And now the 3-year-old dog is a part of a family that is very familiar with sign language.  KTLA reports the dog’s new owner, Cindy Koch, is also deaf.

“I’m going to teach her my sign language, how deaf people communicate,” Koch said. “Sher’s a smart dog. She can pick up fast.”



  • mamac

    AWESOME…How sweet…What a awesome thing to do from her to the dog….Awesome awesome awesome…..

  • Sue

    That is TERRIFIC! Rosie looks so sweet and I have no doubt she is thrilled to have such a caring owner as Cindy. All pets want to know they are special and are loved by their owners. Cindy can teach her how to communicate. I agree with mamac’s comment. That is truly AWESOME!!!

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