Deaf Puppy Learns Sign Language
Jan 23rd 2009
By Emily McCombs

Koko the gorilla may have made history when she learned to communicate using ASL, but we’re even more impressed by a deaf puppy who has triumphed over adversity by learning to understand sign language in the three weeks after being abandoned due to her disability.

Snowy, a Jack Russell terrier, was born into a litter of six and then sold to new owners who gave her back when they realized she couldn’t hear. Passed from home to home and snubbed by her littermates, she became shy and withdrawn.

But when Snowy was handed over to staff at the Dogs Trust Salisbury Shelter in the U.K., they found that she was actually very intelligent and susceptible to training, and soon was responding to a series of hand gestures meaning sit, stay and walk.


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