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When Woman Learned Her Dog Was Deaf, Her Devotion Never Wavered

Written by: Julie Hunt
Julie Hunt is an avid dog lover and writer for, and has a background as a veterinary technician. She rescued a beautiful former bait dog named Rory.Read more
| Published on April 12, 2024

As dog lovers, we are constantly reminded that canines are tenacious creatures who never fail to put a smile on our faces. Dogs with special needs deserve a happy life, and stories like this one prove there’s no such thing as a ‘broken dog.’ Thora, a unique and special pup, was saved from a potentially harmful situation by her loving owner, Erin. Originally, the man who had Thora planned to crop her ears and breed her, but Erin couldn’t bear to see that happen. She took Thora in, not knowing that the dog was deaf, and embarked on a heartwarming journey of understanding and growth.


Erin first noticed that Thora was deaf when the dog didn’t respond to sounds that would typically elicit a reaction from other dogs. Living in a busy city, there were plenty of noises, but Thora remained unfazed. Even when Erin would come home, Thora would be peacefully sleeping, completely unaware of her owner’s arrival.

Determined to give Thora the life she deserved, Erin sought advice from dog behaviorists who specialized in deaf dogs. She wanted to help Thora feel safe and do everything she could to make her comfortable. Over the past two years, Erin and Thora have been learning about each other and developing a strong bond.


In many ways, Thora’s deafness is like a superpower. She never reacts to barking dogs, fireworks, or sirens. Living in an apartment, she isn’t bothered by noises from neighbors above or below her. This makes Thora the perfect city dog. Erin and Thora use hand signs and body language to communicate. It took some time to find their groove, but their connection is now stronger than ever. Thora’s unique appearance also adds to her charm. Described by Erin as a mix between a piglet, dinosaur, and alien, Thora has a cappuccino-like coloring with a milk froth on top and a mocha hue on the bottom. Her small, paintbrush-like tail and 45-pound frame make her stand out even more.


While some people may be cautious around Thora, her beaming smile and one-of-a-kind look bring joy to many faces. Erin has learned to adjust her expectations for dogs and dog behavior because Thora learns differently than other dogs. This journey has taught Erin the importance of understanding and accepting differences in others, whether they are dogs or humans.

Thora may have special needs, but she is a truly special dog who has brought love, joy, and valuable life lessons to her owner, Erin. Together, they continue to grow, learn, and inspire others with their incredible bond.

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