Deaf girl teaches dog sign language in sweet video

Julia and Walter, who were both born deaf, became best friends the minute they met. (Pasadena Humane Society via Facebook)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A heartwarming viral video of a 10-year-old girl teaching her dog sign language has touched people within the deaf community and beyond.

Julia and her 7-month-old puppy Walter became best friends the minute they met.

Walter was the last dog in his litter to get adopted from the Pasadena Humane Society. But there was something about him that Julia’s mom knew made him a perfect fit for her daughter: Both Julia and Walter were born deaf.

“He was initially overlooked by people who were not looking for a dog that couldn’t hear,” said Jamie Holeman with the Pasadena Humane Society.

Now Julia is teaching her terrier-chihuahua mix a whole new way to communicate. She’s used signs to teach Walter how to sit, ask for food and respond to his name.

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