Photo/Jody Converse Adam
Adam Spindler, a Central Lakes College robotics student from Baxter, is enjoying a new set of "ears" to help the deaf student. His new friend is Tizzy, a Brittany spaniel rescued from an animal shelter.
In barely one week's time, Tizzy has improved life for Spindler by helping him when she hears doorbells, telephones and other sounds that the hard-of-hearing human can't discern.
Tizzy came from a shelter in Denver to be trained in sound response by International Hearing Dog, Inc.
After Tizzy's 90-day trial, she will be fitted with an orange collar and leash as the legal symbols of the hearing dog. Such dogs have access to all public places when accompanied by their master -- just like guide dogs for the blind.
Adam praised his new assistant. "I am very happy to have her," he told interpreter Jody Converse, noting that Tizzy lets him know when someone knocks or when the smoke alarm sounds.
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