Ollie isn’t an ordinary dog. He’s deaf, and the folks at Wiregrass Humane Society in Dothan, AL, knew it would take a special adopter to give a home to the spotted puppy. After the rest of his litter had been
adopted, he was still waiting.
Chloe Bryant of Troy, AL,
had been waiting, too — for the day she
could adopt a dog. As soon as she moved into
a house where the landlord allowed pets, she began to search on
When she saw Ollie’s photo, she fell in love. “I’m a sucker for the dog nobody else wants,” she says. But her boyfriend was concerned about Ollie’s special needs.
So Chloe read everything she could find online about
training a deaf dog, and called the shelter to make sure Ollie was
still available. He was.
boyfriend, Gaige, arrived home that night,” Chloe says, “I spilled my
long-rehearsed plea for the small deaf puppy. I included all the
training tips I’d read online to prove I was ready for the ‘special
“Gaige gave in and I told him we’d have to go get a kennel, food,
etc. right then, at 11:00 p.m., because I was going to get Ollie the
following day,” Chloe says.
Today, most people don’t realize Ollie is
deaf. He responds to hand signals and shakes, gives high fives and goes
to his kennel on command. “He was no more difficult to train than a
hearing dog,” Chloe says. “He is hardly ‘special needs.’ ” What he is,
as it turns out, is just a really special dog.
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