A little boy and his foster dog are making headlines thanks to a special photo of the two embracing.
Brandi Guillet shared the photo of her son, Connor and their 3-year-old boxer named Ellie that the family is fostering on Facebook.
Guillet explained in the photo that she adopted her son Connor at birth knowing he had a genetic disorder. “He is now 6 and non-verbal but uses sign for communication,” she said.
Guillet says Ellie is deaf, and the dog and her son share a very special connection. “She is the most gentle, loving girl ever,” Guillet gushed. “The most beautiful part of this adoption is my son and his dog can actually talk to each other!”
Seeing first hand how incredible of a dog Ellie is, and how she’s the perfect fit for her son, the family plans to adopt Ellie soon. “I highly encourage adoption of deaf dogs,” Guillet said. “She is such a perfect addition to our family. We have been blessed with Ellie.”
If you are considering adopting or fostering a deaf dog, there’s even an entire website dedicated to caring for them, and they note that deaf dogs often lose their hearing for the same reasons humans do.
A genetic defect can cause a dog to be deaf, or a dog can lose its hearing due to an ear infection, injury to the ear, or may experience gradual hearing loss due to old age. Regardless, a deaf dog isn’t any less loving than one that can hear, and they are not harder to train, just different.
To learn more about raising a deaf dog, please click here.
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[Featured Image Credit: Brandi Guillet/Facebook]