At the tender age of 6 weeks old, Emerson the puppy had already been through more than most dogs his age. Having been dumped at an animal shelter, and as a result, left to pretty much fight for his life against the whole host of health issues he was then suffering from.
When Emerson was brought into the NFR Maine animal shelter, based in North Monmouth, the staffers remembered that the puppy was in dire straights.
Not only did he suffer from seizures and tested positive for canine parvovirus, a highly contagious viral illness that can prove deadly if not treated, but he was all discovered to be deaf.
Even with everything little Emerson had going against him, he underwent the harsh treatment for the parvovirus, and in the end, showed the disease who was boss. After getting him well, it was then top priority to find him his fur-ever home.
The staff at the shelter created a Facebook post, showing the sweet little black Labrador mix, with the reasoning that the more individuals who saw him, the better the chance of finding him a home.
The number of people who replied to the post was phenomenal. However, when the staff was contacted by Nick Abbott, they knew that he was the one and that it was a match made in heaven.
The reason that Abbott was so moved by Emerson’s story is that he, himself, is also deaf. In a post on Facebook, a shelter staffer wrote:
“Nick said he was interested in meeting Emerson because they would understand each other, is that they both share the same hearing difficulties. When Nick and his mom walked into the house to meet Emerson, Emerson made a direct line for Nick and sat at his feet.”
The staffer when on to stated that Emerson’s actions pretty much sold them on the fact that the two of them belonged together—that is was fate.
The two best buddies have been together for months now, and are pretty much-melting hearts all across social media. Abbott states he is in the process of teaching Emerson sign language so that the two of them can communicate.