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When Rosie, a 3-year-old pit bull mix first arrived at the Central Nebraska Humane Society, the staff was stumped as to why the pup would not respond to any of them. Grand Island Veteran's Home nurse and shelter volunteer Tracie Pfeifle discovered that it wasn't that Rosie didn't want to listen -- she actually couldn't hear. A pet lover and compassionate individual, Pfeifle took it upon herself to teach Rosie dog sign language.

"[Rosie] was pretty scared at first. I don't think she had a good first four years of her life," Pfeifle said in an interview with the New York Daily News. Pfeifle's goal was to reinforce positive behavior through sign language, but once Rosie took to learning, Pfeifle began looking into ways to teach her basic skills, modifying regular sign language to fit Rosie's needs.

Pfeifle explained that teaching Rosie how to understand sign helped the scared puppy who first came into the shelter transform into a totally different animal.

Rosie's transformation and ability to sign then caught the attention of Cindy Koch - a woman who also happened to be deaf and was in search of a deaf dog. Koch was Rosie's ticket to finally finding the forever home she deserved. "Because I'm deaf and we want to relate to her, and understand how she feels -- [we] want to communicate with her through signing, teach her signing." Koch told KCTV5.

Let's give all shelter pets a second chance at finding a forever home! By signing below, we encourage animal shelters to give all pets the opportunity to find a loving and suitable family!

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Dear Tracie Pfeifle,

I'd like to send you a BIG ShoutOut! for finding Rosie a forever home through your commitment to teaching her dog sign language. Your selfless, caring, and compassionate act, made a difference to both her and her new family with Cindy Koch.

Your dedication to teaching a dog with a disability a way to communicate with others is inspiring, and your passion and love for animals is greatly appreciated. We thank you for finding Rosie the best friend in Cindy that she's always deserved!

Thank you!

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Jul 24, 2014 louise birkett
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Jul 24, 2014 Claudia Hall “IF YOU HAVE MEN WHO WILL EXCLUDE ANY OF GOD’S CREATURES FROM THE SHELTER OF COMPASSION & PITY, YOU WILL HAVE MEN WHO WILL DEAL LIKEWISE WITH THEIR FELLOW MEN.” ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI
Jul 24, 2014 Neda Balazs
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Jul 23, 2014 (Name not displayed) I believe every animal shod be treated like a family member and have a loving family and forever home!!!
Jul 23, 2014 Diana Roldán
Jul 23, 2014 Erika Sanchez Podemos camiar el mundo... uno mejor es posible
Jul 23, 2014 Paula Dean Amazing and wonderful - thank you!
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Jul 23, 2014 Stacey Cunningham You deserve a BIG SHOUT AND EVEN A PARADE. You are a special human being. I am thankful.
Jul 23, 2014 Stephanie corum
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Jul 23, 2014 Natasha Beckett I hope all shelters will care as much for there animals as this shelter did.
Jul 23, 2014 Pam Rouse
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Jul 23, 2014 Maria Pittman
Jul 23, 2014 danielle serratore What a wonderful, caring person you are. God bless you, Rosie & Cindy
Jul 23, 2014 Teri Barribeau
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Jul 22, 2014 (Name not displayed) Thank you so very much!!!!
Jul 22, 2014 Susan Hunt
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Jul 22, 2014 Stephanie McManis Awesome job! We need more people like you!
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Jul 22, 2014 Dr.Emil & Monika Zuckermann I am a teacher of the deaf children and I applaud and congratulate you on teaching Rosie sign language. Monika
Jul 22, 2014 Marco Simioni

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