Deaf Man Adopts Deaf Rescue Puppy

A man who was brought into the world with impaired hearing is presently the guardian of a sweet little dog who is likewise unable to hear.

Nick Abbott, 31, of Maine, received his puppy Emerson through the foster and rescue organization based in, NFR Maine.

According to Good Morning America Emerson was rescued from a shelter in Florida and later exchanged up north.

The dark lab mix experienced seizures and a disease known as canine parvovirus. He in the long run pulled through and was set up for adoption, said Lindsay Powers of NFR Maine.

“Once we got him home from the vet’s office from Florida, we realized he had hearing difficulties,” Powers told “Good Morning America. “He doesn’t let it bother him at all, though he’s a typical puppy.”

Deaf Man Adopts Deaf Rescue Puppy

Nick Abbott, 31, of Maine, adopted his dog Emerson through the foster-based rescue, NFR Maine. /
Courtesy Richelle and Nick Abbott

“He had such a rough start to life and he ended up with an absolute fairy tale ending,” Powers added to her statement.

She also said she’s uncertain if Emerson was brought into the world deaf or if he lost his hearing later on.

Deaf Man Adopts Deaf Rescue Puppy

In March, Powers shared a Facebook post in expectations to discover Emerson an eternal home. After a couple of weeks, NFR Maine got an application from Abbott.

“Right off the bat he said, ‘I’m deaf also and I feel like we’d have a good connection,'” Powers remembers, that she prepared the application within a day.

Deaf Man Adopts Deaf Rescue Puppy

Nick Abbott, 31, of Maine, adopted his dog Emerson and teaches him sign language. Both Nick Abbott and Emerson are deaf.

Abbott and Emerson before long met face to face and become friends. Richelle Abbott, Nick Abbott’s mother, told “GMA” that her child and the little furry baby were “intended for one another.”

“It’s amazing,” she said of their relationship. “Whenever they’re together, Emerson is always finding a way to lean on Nick.”


Richelle Abbott, a mother of two, said Nick has been instructing Emerson communication via sign language to sit, set down and come.

“If Nick reaches up and shakes his ear lobe, Emerson will bark — it’s so cute,” she included.