Deaf Woman Adopts Deaf Pit Bull Who Understands Sign Language

Check out all the sign language commands Rosie knows.
By: Deidre Grieves

A deaf dog that has been living at a shelter in Nebraska has finally found a forever home.

Rosie, a three-year-old Pit Bull, had her challenges cut out for her. Being unable to hear or respond to commands, acclimating to shelter life was more difficult for Rosie than some of the other dogs, according to this report from KCTV News.

But Tracie Pfeifle, a volunteer at the shelter decided to teach Rosie sign language cues so that shelter workers could communicate with the adorable pooch. Pfeifle began using treats to teach signs for phrases such as “good girl,” “sit,” “down,” “stay,” “outside” and “walk.” Once Rosie learned the commands, Pfeifle told reporters that the Pit Bull came out of her shell and blossomed. 

And now Rosie is going to a new home with a family that understands her special needs. Cindy Koch, Rosie’s new mom, is also deaf and always wanted to adopt a deaf dog.

Koch’s family is learning all of Rosie’s signs, but also plans to teach the dog more sign language in the future. “I’m going to teach her my sign language, how deaf people communicate,” Koch told reporters. “She’s a smart dog, she can pick up fast.”