If you call out to Charlie the Dalmatian, he probably won't respond. "He's 100 percent deaf. We've done all the tests," Charlie's owner, Colleen Wilson of Hollywood, told ABC News.
Wilson adopted Charlie after he was abandoned at a shelter and scheduled to be put down. She speculates that his prior owners probably didn't realize he was deaf.
"When I first met him, he was jumping all over me, scratching me and biting my arms," Wilson said. Once she realized he was deaf, the two of them started to learn American Sign Language together. The trick, Wilson told KABC, is to get Charlie to look at you.
"I taught him the sign 'look at me' and from there I can go to sit, down, water, food, walk, car ride."
Most Dalmatians are usually too high strung for therapy work, but Charlie is different.
"Charlie will literally stare into the soul of our patients. He connects in a deeper way," said Erin Pickerel, who works with the Paula Kent Meehan Pawsitive Pet Program at Providence Saint John's Health Center.
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