Deaf Pup Lives His Best Life As Elementary School Therapy Dog

deaf pup lives his best life as elementary school therapy dog

Pictures of Cole showing just how he uses his deafness to his advantage as a therapy dog.

A 7-year-old pit bull who was born deaf has captured hearts after proving that disabilities can be superpowers.

In a heartwarming video on TikTok with more than 360,000 views, Cole the dog's owner Chris Hannah has revealed why his dog's deafness is such an advantage.

In the viral clip, Cole is seen relaxing and even napping during a noisy band practice at the elementary school where Hannah teaches music. This charming display of calmness highlights one of the unique benefits of Cole's condition—he remains undisturbed by the loud surroundings.

"Cole is a certified therapy dog who has worked at my elementary school for the last six school years. He is also the mascot of the NJ Veterans Memorial Home, and we volunteer as a hospice therapy team as well," Hannah told Newsweek.

"Because he is deaf, he is able to 'hear with his heart,' as we like to say," he added. "Cole is very in tune with people's emotional needs, whether young or old, and has a keen ability to help others. In our motivational school assemblies, we always say that 'A disability is not an inability, and in Cole's case, it's a superpower.'"

Therapy dogs can provide numerous benefits for children, especially those with special needs. Therapy dogs can reduce anxiety and stress, improve social skills, motivate learning and help to develop confidence.

Cole isn't just loved at school, either, as he also has more than 270,000 followers on his TikTok, @deafcole, where Hannah shares all of their adventures from going on a class trip to helping his music teacher dad DJ a wedding.

In comments on the viral video, people shared their love for Cole.

"So stinking adorable," said one viewer. While another said: "Love you Cole, you are awesome."

"It's the belly-up nap in the middle of a concert. The pup is living his best life," wrote another viewer.

Cole's impact extends beyond his school and community, too. In 2023, he was named the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) National Dog of the Year, making him the first deaf dog to be awarded such a title.

"We share Cole on our social media platforms in hopes to bring a smile to the faces of our followers," Hannah said. "But more importantly to help the world view disabilities and differences in a whole different light."

Do you have funny and adorable videos or pictures of your pet you want to share? Send them to [email protected] with some details about your best friend, and they could appear in our "Pet of the Week" lineup.

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