The project to teach a deaf dog sign language is a joint venture between children at a school for the deaf and prison inmates. The dog's name is "Sparky."
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Reuters) – A dog who couldn't hear has learned some sign language thanks to inmates at a U.S. prison and children at a school for the deaf.
Inmates at a Missouri prison trained the deaf dachshund named Sparky in sign language and then asked the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton to take him in.
Today, Sparky is right at home with the school's youngsters, who have taught him additional sign language. And a second deaf dog, a Boston Terrier named Petie, may be on his way to the school soon.
Superintendent Barbara Garrison approved bringing Sparky to the school.
"She really thought it would be a great learning experience for the kids," Garrison's secretary Barbara McGrath said in an interview.