Some also perceive deaf dogs as useless pets. Some people find these dogs uninteresting because they cannot respond to voice commands. However, deaf dogs can also be trained to react when hand cues are given. Deaf dogs can still be fun, four-legged companions despite their disability.
One deaf dog was even trained to become a service dog! Isn’t that amazing?
Cotton, a deaf pit bull, is a service dog to Phil Kriens, a member of the Oregon National Guard. Phil came home from his military service in Afghanistan and decided to have a companion dog while he recovers from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Cotton, on the other hand, was a rescue dog. He was trained to become Phil’s service dog despite his disability. Shanti Kriens, Phil’s wife, said that Cotton is a good and smart service dog.
At present, Phil is serving at the Oregon National Guard. Phil and Cotton are very close to each other, to the point of being inseparable.
Phil has to work on a weekend. Cotton misses him so much that he is always by the door waiting for him to come home.
In the video below, you can see Cotton looking at the glass portion of the main door. Cotton even moved the curtain so that he can peek outside. Cotton can’t be bothered at all; he is just there by the door for Phil’s arrival.
When he started to see Phil, his tail starts wagging. As soon as Phil enters the door, Cotton can’t contain his happiness. He began to play with him and jump around him.
Cotton’s video became viral. It has garnered 19 million views on YouTube. There is one video on his YouTube channel where you can see him doing tricks using hand gestures.
Cotton, you’re a sweet dog! Continue to be of service to Phil.
Video courtesy of Shanti Kriens via YouTube