Deaf Dog Learns Sign Language, Finds a Home with Deaf Woman

Kelly Lawyer
By Kelly Lawyer | May 16, 2014 | 10:38 AM EDT

Rosie, a pitbull shelter dog housed at the Central Nebraska Humane Society (CNHS), finally found a permanent home - despite a major disability.  During the course of her stay at the shelter, volunteer staff realized Rosie was deaf when she would not respond in normal interactions.

The staff knew Rosie's disability, compounded with her breed, would make it very difficult for her to find a home.   Tracie Pfeifle, a CNHS volunteer, began working with Rosie, teaching her basic commands using sign language.

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Hope for Rosie arrived from a woman struggling with a similar disability, KHGI-TV, a NBC Nebraska affiliate, reports. Cindy Koch of Doniphan, Nebraska, decided to adopt Rosie because she is deaf.

"Because I'm deaf and we want to relate to her, and understand how she feels - want to communicate with her through signing, teach her signing," Cindy says.  "I'm going to teach her my sign language, how deaf people communicate, she's a smart dog, she can pick up fast."