10-year old, Julia, and her new puppy, Walter, are best friends and share a special connection- they were both born deaf.

Julia’s family adopted Walter from the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA in January and the two formed an instant friendship.

“They’re the same,” said Julia’s mom, Chrissy. “She’s learned a whole other kind of love.”

With the help of the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, Julia and Walter can communicate using sign language. In a video posted to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA Facebook page, Julia is seen training the puppy to sit, ask for food, and respond to his name in sign language.

The video, which has received over 300,000 views and more than 10,000 shares, is impacting people across the country.

“It’s really amazing to see how this video is affecting and touching people in different ways,” said Jamie Holeman, community relations associate at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA. “We’ve noticed among the deaf community this video has struck a particular chord.”

Walter was the last of his litter to get adopted because people were not looking for a dog who could not hear, but the humane society did not give up hope that the right family would find Walter.

“When I first held Julia, since she couldn’t really hear, she would smell my neck,” Chrissy said. “And when I first held Walter he did almost the same exact thing. I remember just looking at him, and I knew that he was meant to be ours.”

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