Somehow, in this big ol’ world, Julia and Walter found each other.
They had a lot in common — both friendly, sparkly eyed and cute as all get-out.
And, they were both born deaf.
Julia, a little girl of 10, met Walter, a 7-month-old terrier-chihuahua mix puppy, at the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA in California, according to CBS News.
Now, she’s teaching him sign language.
The humane society posted a video of one of their lessons on its Facebook page last week, and it went viral with nearly 300,000 views and more than 11,000 shares.
Walter recognizes the signs for sit and food, and can respond to his name given in sign language.
“It seems like he’s picking it up,” Jamie Holeman, community relations associate at Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, told CBS.
“It’s really amazing to see how this video is affecting and touching people in different ways. We’ve noticed among the deaf community this video has struck a particular chord.”
People are sharing stories of their own deaf dogs to the Facebook page.
Walter was the last dog of his litter to get adopted at the shelter.
“He was initially overlooked by people who were not looking for a dog that couldn’t hear,” Holeman said. “But he was a really cute, outgoing, active puppy.”
Chrissy Vasquez knew as soon as she met Walter that he was the right dog for her daughter, she explains in the video.
“When I first held Julia, since she couldn’t really hear, she would smell my neck,” she says. “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.
“They’re the same. She’s learned a whole other kind of love.”