Emerson is a black Labrador Mix who was rescued from Florida along with his siblings and brought to a rescue organization called North Florida Rescue Maine or NFR Maine.
When Emerson was six weeks old, he suffered from seizures and a highly contagious infection known as canine parvovirus. Members of the organization took him to a vet, and thankfully, he recovered. However, these aren’t the only illnesses the black lab mix had.
According to Lindsay Powers, a representative of NFR Maine, the staff members noticed that Emerson couldn’t hear them when they tried communicating with him. They were unsure how it happened, but the staff was surprised that being deaf wasn’t a problem for Emerson. He’s still a happy and energetic pup despite his disability.
Everyone at NFR Maine felt Emerson needed a special someone in his life, so they decided to put him up for adoption, including his siblings.
When the staff noticed that people preferred adopting Emerson’s siblings over him, they feared people weren’t interested in Emerson due to his disability. They then posted Emerson’s story on Facebook, hoping someone might see it and adopt him.
One week passed, and a 31-year-old deaf Maine native named Nick Abbott saw the Facebook post and immediately responded by sending a message. He told his mom, Richelle Abbott, that he wanted to meet Emerson in person, and the two headed to the organization.
The moment when Nick went inside NFR Maine, the pup rushed toward him and sat on his feet. Nick knew they would get along nicely and instantly signed Emerson’s adoption papers.
Soon afterward, Nick brought home his new furry friend and started to teach him how to communicate. Since both of them can’t hear, Nick uses sign language to teach Emerson the basic commands, like sitting, rolling over, and barking.
Nick’s love for Emerson created a beautiful and inseparable bond like no other. Because of that, they shared their journey on their Instagram account so people could follow them and be inspired to adopt their own furry friend too.