Ralph Waldo may be the “Emerson” most Americans are familiar with, but that may be changing. News outlets across the country including Fox and USA Today, have reported a feel-good story about Emerson, a deaf, black lab puppy, and his new owner, Nick Abbott. Abbott taught Emerson sign language commands, and the two have Facebook and Instagram accounts. The IG account profiles it as “two deaf boys and their adventures🐶 👱🏻‍♂️” because Abbott is deaf, too. The Hearing Speech + Deaf Center is a nonprofit clinic delivering top-notch hearing services; speech and occupational therapy; and advocacy, opportunities, and programming to the D/deaf community including sign language interpreting.