Deaf Boy Teaches Deaf Dog Sign Language
A Dachsund down on her luck, now has a little boy with a heart of gold for her owner.
A Dachsund down on her luck, now has a little boy with a heart of gold for her owner. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Omaha, NE -- They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. But a Dachshund down on her luck, now has a little boy with a heart of gold for her owner.
The bond between a boy and his dog is unlike any other. You see - 6-year old Austin Luther and 5-year old Capri can't hear. With a smile on his face and his best friend sitting next to him on the couch, Austin signed "I think Capri loves me the most."
Austin's working to break down the communication barrier, by teaching Capri sign language. "Just being able to speak to her in sign language, he definitely understands that she's deaf like he is," explained Austin's mom Stacy.
She added, "I think it definitely has helped him to be more comfortable, you know with him being deaf, and having someone in our family that he can relate to."
While his four pawed friend can't sign back, Capri is learning the lingo. "I would say it was within the first couple days that she picked up "home" for kennel," explained Stacy.
Stacy said Austin can be found cuddling with Capri watching TV or sitting in-front of an easel learning how to sign. "I'll just look outside and I'll see him out in the backyard with Capri, and he'll just be out there signing with her like telling her about his day at school."
When Capri does what Austin "says" like sit - she's rewarded.
Stacy asked her son Austin why Capri is his favorite dog? Austin looked back at his dog and signed the phrase, "cause she's going to be on TV with me" before quietly giggling.
While the Luther Family rescued Capri by giving her a loving home, in many ways Capri is rescuing Austin by truly being man's best friend. "It is very heart warming to see that he has a friend that he can share all his secrets with," said Austin's mom with a smile on her face.
Capri is one of 12 Dachshunds who were rescued by Nebraska Dachshund last weekend. Many of the dogs still need a home. If you are interested in adopting a dog or helping rescue animals in need, you can call the Nebraska Dachshund Rescue at 402-960-5686.
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