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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 31, 2014 B Azar
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) Thank you so much for your wonderful work!
Jul 31, 2014 Pocahontas Taylor I love y'all for real"
Jul 31, 2014 Claire Turbell
Jul 31, 2014 Bramble Eagle-Jack
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) It's people like you, Ms. Pfeifle, that prevents me from getting too cyncial in this mad world of ours. Thank you for being so compassionate towards animals.
Jul 31, 2014 Wendy Bohatyritz
Jul 31, 2014 Kathleen Crockett
Jul 31, 2014 diane grasley
Jul 31, 2014 judy coughlin
Jul 31, 2014 Philippe Raymakers
Jul 31, 2014 anne collins
Jul 31, 2014 Monika Zalenski
Jul 31, 2014 PATRICIA DOTHAGE YOU ARE AWESOME! I pray each day, that more people will become like you. God bless you and yours.
Jul 31, 2014 Susan Young Thank God for caring, compassionate people like you! I'm sure Rosie will have many happy years now that she has a truly understanding human in her life.
Jul 31, 2014 Carl Morales
Jul 31, 2014 Claudine Tijerina Tracie, you truly have an amazing skill. I hope you continue to excel & find forever homes for deaf dogs.
Jul 31, 2014 Annette Ondre-Wysocki
Jul 31, 2014 Andrea Atkins
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Jul 31, 2014 Wanda Todd
Jul 31, 2014 MIREILLE FABIANO
Jul 31, 2014 georgia carver
Jul 31, 2014 (Name not displayed) This is a great goal, try to help every dog to a second chance. Good idea to teach deaf dogs sign language!
Jul 31, 2014 Katharine Timmer
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Jul 31, 2014 rosanna gambardella
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Jul 31, 2014 Jenni Haughton Thanks wonderful story
Jul 30, 2014 Beth Caffrey Communicating love is a gift to everyone! Thank you!!
Jul 30, 2014 Sweet Heart Great job hun! Rosie looks like such a sweetie! :)
Jul 30, 2014 JB Tedders Everyone deserves to be happy. Including our furry friends! So let's do that!
Jul 30, 2014 Rhonda Smith All dogs deserve happy loving homes. Do not turn away those that have physical challenges through no fault of their own. Show compassion and realize these are precious lives that have so much to teach us. All dogs are important and awesome
Jul 30, 2014 felisha juska
Jul 30, 2014 Loli Diaz
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Jul 30, 2014 Natalie Fedotov
Jul 30, 2014 Chantelle Macleod God bless those dogs.
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Jul 30, 2014 Jen L Dawe I have a deaf dog....she was 6 when I got her and now 10. It's been a challenge just teaching her hand movements! Kudos to you for teaching sign language to so many.
Jul 30, 2014 ANALIA CROSA
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Jul 30, 2014 S Fan Animals rule!
Jul 30, 2014 Su Ong
Jul 30, 2014 Brett Messmer Amazing!

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