The girl and the dog do everything together but Neeva and Baxter aren’t your average pair. “We found out right away after she was born that she didn’t have hearing,” says Chelsea who speaks sign language with Neeva. “Really that is our primary language with her, therefore it’s her primary language with our animals.” her mother adds. Baxter has a special gift: when Neeva communicates with him in sign language, he understands.
Neeva is four years old and she also happens to be deaf. She goes to the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe to learn sign language. Her mother, Chelsea Goff, went to Animal Humane, a shelter in New Mexico, seeking a dog that would fit in with their family, particularly one that had enough patience to care for Neeva. Then they met Baxter, a mixed-breed rescue who exceeded all of their expectations. Neeva and Baxter have a special bond.
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