A ten month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Ivor was born deaf and was rejected by five different families when he was younger. Having that particular limitation made it hard to communicate and most households weren’t ready for that burden. But luckily, Ivor was able to learn a unique form of communication that would change his life.
Ivor would up in the care of the RSPCA and he had some understandable trust issues because of all the rejection as a puppy. It was here that he was able to receive the love and affection that every dog should have. Ivor was adopted by Ellie Bromilow and her family. They fell in love with Ivor even if he was deaf. As it turns out, Ivor was a sweet and adorable dog. He has learned to communicate by learning a few actions from sign language.
“He’d already learned the sign command for ‘sit’ and ‘come’ from staff at the RSPCA centre but now he knows lots more like ‘lie down’, ‘stay’, ‘all gone’ and he’s learning ‘roll over’.” said Ellie, “When he gets the sign for ‘walkies’ he gets so excited. We keep him on a long lead and, if he’s looking, he’ll come to you when you raise one hand in the air.”
Ellie also says that Ivor is no different from any other dog. They can still communicate with the dog just like any other pet owner, and he still has that amazing sense of smell that all dogs have. She says that adopting Ivor has been very rewarding for her and her family.