7-year-old Hannah and her dog Marco have a special bond

By Helin Jung
Updated February 23, 2010 06:17 PM

When baby Hannah was 8 months old, her parents started to question whether she could hear them. She wasn’t responding to her name, or turning around when they called her. They questioned their pediatrician, who asked them if Hannah followed directions when her parents asked her to do something. She did.

Eight months later, doctors tested Hannah’s hearing. She was profoundly deaf, and had been since she was born. The bright child had been reading lips and going off her parents’ cues in order to adapt.

Hannah’s sidekick, Marco (pictured, right), has had a special connection with Hannah since she was born. The 15-year-old golden retriever and husky mix has himself been completely deaf for five years, and the two share a special connection.

“They both have that same sense of what it’s like to live in a world that is silent,” Hannah’s mother Pamela tells PEOPLEPets.com. “They respond to each other without a lot of words.”

Now nearly 8, Hannah is thriving. With the help of cochlear implants, Hannah is able to speak orally and doesn’t use sign language. She even plays the piano, and has ribbons and trophies to show for her skills.

Pamela says her daughter loves playing dress-up with Marco, and the pair are often seen together. When Hannah is playing outside, Marco is right there with her.

“She’s always looking out for him, and I feel like he does the same for her,” Pamela says. “They have just always been real buddies.”

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