We all know the saying "adopt don't shop" when it comes to getting ourselves a new pet. Rescuing a dog from a shelter as opposed to buying from a breeder or puppy farm is widely praised - and with good reason - there are already so many amazing dogs in the world who need their forever homes. But this heartwarming story proves that adopting truly is the way forward.
Nick Abbott, who was born deaf, adopted an adorable little pup and has taught him a very special trick.
The videos are incredible. Keep watching to see the pup in action.
Dogs are truly man's best friend.
via: InstagramThere’s one thing it seems we can all agree on – our canine pals are too good for this world.
In fact, it's basically what unites the internet.While we’re divided on political, social, and, hey, even celebrity issues, dogs tend to be the one thing we can all agree on.
Once you become a dog-parent, there's no going back...It’s hard to imagine a life without having a pooch to come home to.
But, sadly, so many pooches are lost, abandoned or dumped - being left to fend for themselves.
via: Getty ImagesThough there is some light at end of the tunnel for many of these doggos – who end up getting rescued and eventually adopted into new families.
We all know the importance of adopting as opposed to buying from a breeder.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it's with good reason - there are thousands of pooches desperately in need of a new home and come ready-made with so much love to give.
Meet Nick Abbott and his adorable pooch, Emerson.
via: InstagramNick, who was born deaf, adopted Emerson when he was just twelve weeks old.
It was love at first sight...
via: InstagramNick first heard about Emerson through a Facebook post from NFR Maine, a foster-based dog rescue. When Abbott first visited Emerson, he came right to him and sat at his feet, Nick explained to WABI-5. "He kind of picked me. And I knew right then and there that we would get along and understand each other pretty good."
Emerson is deaf and visually impaired.
via: FacebookThe pooch was rescued from Florida when he was just six weeks old, but he wasn't in a good way. The tiny pup was experiencing seizures and was infected with canine parvovirus, a contagious virus affecting dogs that can be fatal if left untreated.
Though he made a full recovery...
via: FacebookAll his brothers and sisters were adopted leaving poor Emerson behind.
But, he finally found his forever home with Nick.
via: FacebookAnd unbelievably, Nick has taught Emerson sign language as a means to communicate.
Emerson knows basic commands in sign language.
via: WABI5 NewsHe sits when Nick signs the letter "S" and he lies down on the floor when he signs a straight line.