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Rescued Deaf Pit Bull Learns Sign Language

Rosie the pit bull had a rough start in life. First of all, she was born deaf. She was also born a pit bull, a breed of dog that all too often gets poor treatment and a bad rap in the United States. At three years old, she ended up homeless at the Central Nebraska Humane Society.

That’s where Rosie’s luck started to change for the better.  Shelter volunteer Tracie Pfeifle realized that Rosie could not hear, and that her disability was limiting her ability to interact with her human caretakers. So, she began teaching her a few simple signs in American sign language.

Pfeifle told local news station KCTV:

“We started using treats and putting the treat up to your face and saying ‘good girl’ with your thumb up and then she figured out how, that we were communicating with her…It was just amazing to watch her just blossom into a dog, I don’t think she knew how to be a dog.”

Even better, after three months in the shelter, Rosie went home with a new owner. Cindy Koch, who is also deaf, adopted her. Koch plans to teach Rosie more sign language, she told KCTV:

“Because I’m deaf and we want to relate to her, and understand how she feels – want to communicate with her through signing, teach her signing…I’m going to teach her my sign language, how deaf people communicate, she’s a smart dog, she can pick up fast,” Koch said.

Dogs with special needs often have a more difficult time finding homes. If there isn’t a no-kill shelter or rescue program available, that means they are more likely to be put down. Fortunately, there are organizations in the both US and the UK who focus on finding homes for deaf dogs.

In the US:

Deaf Dogs Rock

In the UK:

Deaf Dog Network

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A Translation Headset for Dogs?

In this week’s edition of “weird translation news,” we bring you “No More Woof,” a translation headset for dogs.  No, really.

The project is under development by a Swedish group of researchers and designers who call themselves the “Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery,” and it’s already fully funded on Indiegogo with over a month left to go.

According to the Indiegogo project page,

“No More Woof aims to develop a small gadget that uses the latest technology in micro computing and EEG to analyse animal thought patterns and spell them out in Human Language* using a loudspeaker.”

So, basically, as Mashable has already pointed out, it’s like Doug the dog’s headset from Up.  Read more

Dogs in Translation

In the Northern Hemisphere, the hot, lazy “dog days” of summer are at an end.  In recent years, the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy and New Zealand have marked the occasion by celebrating “National Dog Day.” National Dog Day is a holiday to celebrate all things canine, as well as to bring attention to the many dogs waiting for homes in shelters and rescues.

In honor of  National Dog Day, we’ve put together this collection of interesting translations and  facts about mankind’s oldest and most loyal companion.

How to Say “Dog” in 15 Different Languages

Spanish: Perro

Portuguese: cão

Italian: cane

Irish: Madra

Welsh: Ci Read more