Earlier in July, a shelter puppy made the news. His name is Walter and it’s a little chihuahua and terrier mix. He is also deaf. Back in January while he waited in the Pasadena Humane Society’s shelter for his new forever home, a little girl named Julia saw him. Julia is 10 years old. Julia is also deaf. (Are you having a Lilo and Stitch moment? Because I am)
Julia’s family adopted Walter. In the 6 months since then, the two have become best friends. Julia has taught Walter to sit, ask for food, and respond to his name – in sign language. These two have a bond that just doesn’t compare.