They are a match made in heaven. Rosie, a deaf Pit bull mix, has just been adopted by Cindy Koch, a woman whois also deaf.When Rosie arrived at the Humane Society shelter in Nebraska, the volunteers feared she might never find a forever home. But they were unaware of the fact that she could not hear - when they would call the 3-year-old pup, she would not respond.
That was untilTracie Pfeifle, one of the employees, realized that Rosie was in fact deaf, and decided to learn sign language for the dog.
[Rosie] was pretty scared at first. I don't think she had a good first four years of her life.
But after learning a few signs, including a thumbs-up for "good girl," Pfeifle says the dog transformed into a totally different animal.Despite her progress, however, nobody seemed interested in adopting Rosie. Her handicap was preventing her finding a happy family, because having a dog who cannot hear requires considerably more effort.