My name is Emmi Goetz and here is my “Happy Tail” about my deaf puppy, Betty.

I am an audiologist, and I work with Deaf/Hard of Hearing children and adults on a daily basis. In March of 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit, and my fiancé and I found ourselves at home with much more free time on our hands. As fate would have it, there were two deaf puppies, a brother and sister, listed on Deaf Dogs Rock’s website and they were only about two hours away from where we lived! I fell in love with the little deaf girl, “Lil Ma”, with her pink nose, blue eyes, and sweet face. My fiancé and I communicated with the breeder who was committed to finding special homes for these two puppies. I told the breeder about how I work with people with hearing loss and know some sign language, and we both thought it could be a great match. My fiancé and I drove out to rural eastern Iowa to meet the puppies and fell in love with “Lil Ma”, who we adopted and renamed Betty.