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Brandi Guillet adopted her son, Connor, six years ago with the full knowledge that he would have learning disabilities. At age six, Connor was diagnosed with Deletion Syndrome and still has no verbal communication skills. But when Ella, a deaf boxer who Brandi was fostering through Deaf Dogs Rock entered the house, Connor had no trouble communicating his immediate affection for the pup. Brandi followed the wordless conversation easily and started the process to become Ella’s guardian.

Now, Ella and Connor are attached at the hip.

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Connor and Ella’s partnership is a match made in heaven: a boy unable to speak to the world finds a friend who cannot hear what people are saying to her. Despite their disabilities, these two share a relationship that is more harmonious than, most verbalized ones. In a Facebook post, Brandi shared, “The most BEAUTIFUL part of this adoption is my son and his dog can actually talk to each other! There is something to these two.” And she’s right.

Humans are not always the rescuers, sometimes we need rescuing and that’s where dogs like Ella step into the picture.

Little Boy With Special Needs Finds a New Best Friend In a Deaf Boxer
 

 

Brandi exclaimed, “I believe many special needs kiddos could benefit from these dogs!” Brandi’s thoughts have been echoed by many medical professional and the use of therapy dogs has become a commonplace tool for psychological and physical rehabilitation. Disabled dogs make especially good companions for disabled individuals because they provide much-needed motivation and inspiration for those around them. Special needs rescue dogs and cats are a delight to have around for any family, but if you are thinking about taking on a disabled animal, you should be aware that they require an enormous amount of time and energy it requires. However, if you are up for the extra work, you’ll be well-rewarded for your efforts!

Image source: Brandi Guillet/Facebook

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4 comments on “Little Boy With Special Needs, Who Can’t Speak, Finds the Perfect Best Friend in Rescued Deaf Boxer”

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Christine Stewart
11 Months Ago

I am so grateful to those who rescue/ adopt a dog instead of buying from a pet store or breeder. May these two besties have many happy years together!


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Rebecca Hengen
11 Months Ago

As the mom to two deaf dogs, two three-legged dogs and a blind dog, I disagree with the statement that disabled dogs require an enormous amount of time and energy. That has not been my experience at all!


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Margie Lucas Hesser
11 Months Ago

Mark, another Barney look-a-like :)


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Mark Egan
05 Jan 2017

Awww, so cute, and yes, he does look just like him! But that personality will be hard to match. Hope he is able to brighten this child's day up.

Ariovaldo Caodaglio
11 Months Ago

For a society with serious problems of social inclusion, as it is the Brazilian society, news like this works like a "punch in the stomach". Thank you!


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john pasqua
11 Months Ago

FRIENDS FOREVER.


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Lynette Blackert MacLagan
11 Months Ago

Perfect! <3


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Brian Hanson
11 Months Ago

Truly inspiring and this absolutely made my day. Thank you so very kindly for sharing this story with us. ✌❤


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Patricia Byrne
11 Months Ago


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Laura
11 Months Ago

Dogs are so very special. It grieves me to think of how many suffer needlessly at the hands of humans, yet most remain loyal and trusting. It is a blessing that this boy and boxer found each other. More children like Connor should have such a wonderful "friend" like Ella.


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