When Eric Melvin bought the puppy, he was just looking for a pet. It wasn't until he took her to obedience school -- where she didn't respond to voice commands -- that he realized she was deaf.
"I wanted to get a dog for the same reasons a lot of other people want to get a dog," he recently told the Fort Morgan Times in Colorado. "But it turns out I got something a lot bigger than just a dog."
Now Angelyne regularly wins competitions and travels around the country with Melvin, showing off the 40-plus hand signals she has learned. He often takes her to schools, where he uses Angelyne as an example, making the point that being different can be an advantage.
"Angelyne is the smartest dog I have ever been around," he told students at a recent demonstration. "I explain [to] people that Angelyne is better because she is deaf, but to most that doesn't makes sense. Most of us see something wrong from the outside."
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