Animals are one of the most special gifts we have on this planet. Especially dogs. Dogs aren’t simply just pets but they’re also companions and long term best friends which can even be considered family. Many people consider dogs to be a part of the family and they can even help protect your home from unwanted people. They serve many purposes but the most important of them all is that they provide happiness. This story is an inspirational one wherein a deaf dog plays the role of a hero. Despite having a disability, he manages to spread love and even helps ease a little girl’s anxiety when faced in court. Now the question is how did this little ball of fur manage to make such an impact? Read on to find out what this hero did.
Karl is a dog that you can fall in love with the minute you lay your eyes on him. He’s fond of people and enjoys the company of little kids. He has an insatiable ability to appease kids who are crying and even can help them to feel more comfortable in trying times. This five-year-old dog is celebrated despite his inability to hear for his ability to make connections with everyone that crosses his path (dogs included!)
Karl has a unique quality that not all dogs possess. The most interesting thing about this story is that he’s not just a regular dog he also lacks the ability to hear. The K-9th Circuit Program for dogs recognized his special skill and decided to take him under their wing.
What is The The K-9th Circuit Program?
The Ninth Judicial Circuit Court that ran under Judge Thomas Turner was responsible for aiding children during testimonies. The judge realized that when children testify in court, they tend to have bundled up nerves when stepping in. At times, the children can be worried about the words they might utter and therefore cause a delay in the case. To help ease the children’s worries he came up with the program to include dogs to help instil a therapeutic effect on the children so they can better carry out their testimonies.
Karl joined the K9-Circuit crew in Orange County and soon enough he became one of the most prized dogs if the program. He garnered many other furry friends and became a huge hit in the program due to his loving traits.
Where It All Began
Karl’s breed is a boxer and they’re well known for their smooth coat and white markings scattered across their body. They’re known to be patient with adults and children alike and are considered to be quite a friendly companions. He weighs 65 pounds and is pretty healthy for his kind. He was at first an orphan and it was difficult for Karl to be adopted. His lack of hearing was a hindrance. But one kind-hearted woman found Karl and chose to make him a part of her family.
Joanne Hart-Rittenhouse is a huge animal lover. So it came as no surprise that she would welcome Karl with open arms. When she decided to take him in, this was the start of a budding relationship.
Adapting to His Environment
Raising Karl wasn’t as easy as raising regular dogs. Since he lacked the ability to hear, he had to learn to communicate through sign language and develop his own language with other dogs. He was a hard worker and determined – not to mention he was the sweetest dog. Karl’s owner struggled at the start but never gave up on her friend’s abilities. She introduced him to her other dogs which were also boxers. They developed their own way to communicate and they all got along fine.
Since Karl was a deaf dog, Joanne realised that he was more sensitive than her other Boxers and decided to help him get into the K-9 program for his other special abilities.
The dogs that enter the K-9th Circuit Program are exceptional dogs. Think of Harvard but a school for dogs. It isn’t technically a school but all the dogs undergo rigorous training to help them in case courts. Luckily for Karl, he didn’t need much training since he couldn’t be distracted by sounds. Typical dogs who are part of the K-9th Training Program have to go through much more. But Karl was not distracted by the regular court arguments, the cries and even the shouting. He was simply unphased which made him the perfect candidate for the job.
Well-Loved By Adults and Children
Karl was a dog that was easy to love. His face would look droopy at times but he would always wag his tail and show enthusiasm near children and adults. Kids felt comfortable around him and would throw their arms around his big furry body. He would nuzzle them to comfort them when he sensed they were stressed and his presence overall was a soothing one.
Karl seems to enjoy his job very much since he is usually welcomed by smiles. He brightens everyone’s day and really knows how to light up a room. His presence is large and he can be a great dog to hug because of his strong stature.
A Beacon of Hope
Karl is a beacon of hope in everyone’s lives. His sole purpose is providing compassion and happiness. Because of his disability, he can be quite zen and compassionate towards other people. He isn’t deterred by loud noises and he can do his job much better because of it. He puts his best paw forward when it comes to being a friend to everyone. He has also made his owner proud due to his hard work and calm demeanour.
Adept at Sign Language
One of Karl’s biggest pros is that he can comprehend over 100 English sign languages. Now that’s a really intelligent dog! People who work with Karl converse with him through American sign language. It’s an interesting way to communicate with Karl and his vocabulary is surely extensive. His trainers have nothing to say but good words about Karl. Since the children aren’t adept at sign language (most of them) Karl struggles to understand them. Nonetheless, he provides them with solace and helps them be comfortable when the situation becomes tense.
Children oftentimes feel upset when they can’t understand a situation but Karl was there to help guide them. There were also moments of pure struggles for both sides but in the end, Karl always accomplished the work.
Smart Dog Indeed
Karl had many talents but there was still much for him to learn. After learning 100 American sign languages, he had to overcome the next hurdle. Communicating with young children who didn’t know how to converse in sign language. Karl used the help of his trainers to learn how to signal using his paws. His paw motions sent signals to the children and it appealed to them quite nicely. The system seemed to be going well and Karl was making many people smile with his quirky tricks.
Getting Comfortable in Karl’s Company
Karl was the perfect example of a well-trained dog that didn’t need much training. He was able to gain connections with children and he was an adept learner. Even though Karl exuded a warm exterior, he still had to be introduced to the children in order for them to feel comfortable when spending time with him. There’s a specific program that gives the children a week’s opportunity to get to know Karl and play around with him. This creates a relationship with Karl and the children so that he can be a great friend to the children most importantly.
The process of getting to know Karl and for Karl to know the children wasn’t an easy task. It would take the kids sometimes a few days to warm up to him. After they did, the healing began and the children were quite happy and at ease.
Fun and Games
After the program, it was now time for the fun part. Spending time with Karl afterwards would always bring the children joy. He was a sweet dog and would accept hugs from almost everyone. One of his favourite games was playing fetch and he would also play with the other dogs. The children had an activity to bond over with Karl and they would spend tons of time together. Karl would wag his tail in approval and excitement to show the children how happy he was in their company. He was also an affectionate creature since he would like to rest his head on their laps for most of the day. Karl was a well-loved dog and the children loved taking pictures of him. He’s also quite the photogenic type!
Helping Children with Trauma
Sometimes Karl would encounter children who were victims of abuse or children who have witnessed a crime. Since children sometimes have a hard time sharing their experiences, he would help warm them up before they started sharing their side of the story. It’s vital for Karl to help them remain calm in order for the police to get all the necessary evidence they need (if any). Karl was more than a guide dog, he also provided immediate comfort and relaxation.
Karl comes to the rescue with his cute face and happy eyes. Surely the kids feel safe around him and feel like they can connect with other human beings better because of his reliable company.
Working with People of all Colors and Ages
Karl has worked with a variety of children in many age groups. He’s skilled in shifting his attention from one child to the other and also provides them with a friend to hug or cry to when they feel trapped. He provides them with a service during the court hearings and during the entire process, the child can choose to spend time with Karl. Think about therapy but with a dog and without much dialogue. The fact that Karl was mostly silent served as a great pro rather than a con. The program picked the perfect dog for the role and he certainly didn’t let them down.
Purveyor of Peace
How can you not love Karl when he wears a cute hat for dogs? Karl accompanies a little girl one time during her trial and she felt troubled while she was sitting in front of the judge. Having Karl by her side helped her to become less stressed and he played a pivotal role and helping the case become closed. The girl had been a victim of abuse and she was wary of people. Luckily Karl made her smile and testify to the man’s crime. She was brave for doing so and Karl was strong for sticking by her side. H
Crossing Rocky Terrain
Returning to court again would mean that the girl had to face her deepest concern: facing her abuser. This was no easy feat and in general, this would be hard for anyone. She remained steadfast in her goals with Karl by her side and agreed to go to the court for another hearing. The unit did a magnificent job of pairing her up with Karl because Karl was the perfect buddy for this kind of sensitive situation. Way to go, buddy!
The little girl was troubled when she first entered the court and she looked clearly distraught. She had a hard time facing the victim and eventually broke out into tears at one point. She rubbed her eyebrows in frustration and at one point froze due to fear. Karl had a feeling that she wasn’t feeling up to speaking but she signed to him to indicate that she needed his strength. Karl, being the receptive dog that he is – understood her sign and the situation starting climbing uphill.
Karl Takes the Cake
The cabinet almost felt like the situation wouldn’t be a successful one because of the girl’s inability to produce words. But after she signalled the dog using their special language, she found comfort and safety in his company. Karl played a huge rule in the little girl’s testament and she probably would have remained silent still if it weren’t for his company. Karl saved the day by just existing and his presence was more than enough. This was the start of a budding friendship and people took notice to this too.
Good News for Everyone
In just a day, the little girl was able to answer every single question thrown at her. With Karl by her side, she felt invincible. His company reassured her and her body language showed her ease and comfortability with the furry friend. She knew that he would be there for her to protect her and she wasn’t as stressed as when she walked into the court for the first time.
Even though she had to stand at the witness box for a few hours, she didn’t seem so bothered anymore and the little girl who stepped into the booth the first time radiated confidence and a willingness to share her story. She didn’t feel so little anymore.
The Connection Lingers
Court hearings are never easy and they can drag on for long hours. Karl remained steadfast in his role but he would occasionally feel tired too. The little girl would comfort him and pet him to make sure that he was also doing alright. They coexisted in a mutually way for a few hours and were big supporters of each other until the very end.
The therapy session proved to be successful and Karl accomplished his job with bravery and encourage. People took notice of this too and were amazed by his patience and willingness to help others. Karl is a beacon of hope and an inspiration to everyone.
The end of the court hearing felt like winning the gold medal in a triathlon. They finally were able to take the little girl’s words into consideration because she was so comfortable with speaking. The hearing went well and the court gave their final decision and the ball was in the girl’s court. The man was reprimanded accordingly and was sentenced to prison. It was the perfect ending to a unique situation that involved a deaf dog and a little girl.
Luckily, Karl saved the day once again with his adorable face and charming skills. He’s truly a hero for helping children have a voice even when he can’t hear himself. Now that’s a remarkable dog!
All Eyes on Karl
Karl became the centre of attention in different news channels for his sacred bond with the girl in the courtroom. This was one of the highlights of his life since a flock of people came to meet Karl and he became a local celebrity in his hometown. The story reached the press’ ears and they were more than eager to share their story.
The K9th Circuit Program gained credibility and fame for their work and their most prized furry friend. They managed to raise awareness of the healing benefits of having a furry friend during hard times. Karl beat the stereotype of dogs having to just stay at home and relax all day. He was a hard worker who wanted to share his talents humbly and quietly. He put in the work and was recognized for his skill and patience. He served a great number of purposes after helping out the little girl and helped people to be more open-minded when looking at dogs.
Man’s Best Friend
The rare case of the deaf dog and the little girl opened the public’s eyes to using dogs for healing purposes. Karl helped to mediate the conversation between the little girl and her persecutor. Joanne Hart, the owner of Karl mentioned how Karl helps to aid children to feel confident in courtrooms.
The girl was thinking to ask the court if the dog would protect her when she felt upset and she heard a resounding yes from the courtroom. The room lit up with cheer and the little girl felt like he had a great support system and she didn’t feel so alone.
Karl Makes His Move
Karl made his way out of simply appearing in courtrooms and started making appearances in hospitals and even libraries. Others saw the potential in Karl and encouraged him to work in other institutions and serve children for the greater good. Since he was adept at working in courtrooms, he would be a perfect fit for working in other places where his help will be needed.
Due to his calm demeanour and positive repertoire – he was able to influence many people’s lives. “We’ll be there as long as the child wants Karl to stay in their life. He’s helped a lot of children.” His owner proudly mentioned. She was grateful to have such a wonderful dog in her life and only wanted to share the joy that he brings to everyone who needs his help. Joanne started receiving positive feedback from various organizations and they wanted to eagerly introduce Karl to many places that require his help.
Many people are looking at Karl as a saviour and it seems like there are only great things ahead for this furry guy.
Memories to Last a Lifetime
After the children go through a traumatic event it’s important to keep tabs with them to make sure that they’re doing alright and that they’re in a healthy state of mind. Since Karl is an important asset to these children’s lives, his journey doesn’t end with them after a court hearing. He sometimes schedules visits to meet up with the children whom he’s shared a deep connection with.
Karl is lucky to have a supportive owner who loves to watch him spend time with friends and is only wanting to share the love of her dog with others. Her dog isn’t just a companion – he’s a furry therapist that’s ready to open his arms to people who need him most. The most important trait about him? He loves unconditionally and without restrictions. Dogs are one of the most loyal creatures on this planet and Karl proves to be one of the most loyal dogs out there.
Karl the Superstar
Karl’s story became such a huge hit that he even had a colouring book completely dedicated to him. Now children can appreciate Karl even through art. It’s amazing how one furry friend can turn a person’s life around and instil so much joy. He not only gained the hearts of children everywhere but also parents appreciate all the work he’s done for them. They look up to him and owe him the utmost respect for his kind actions.
The crime rate in the local city has significantly reduced over time and a lot of this was due to Karl’s loyal help and the K-9th Circuit Program. They hope to have more dogs in the future that will help serve humankind in a positive way.
More Therapy Dogs on the RiSE
Karl is deemed as one of the most treasured dogs in Orange County due to his noble work. He’s also one of the most popular dogs in the K9-Circuit Dog Program and well known for his deeds. Alongside Karl are a number of other therapy dogs that are doing their very best to help children who have been through some kind of stress in their lives. They create a calming environment for them to thrive and speak in and they help give them the confidence they need to be strong individuals. Their work is admirable and truly a story worth sharing.
Using therapy dogs are becoming more commonplace and people are seeking therapy dogs to help them with their issues. Since the children get to spend time with the dogs, they’re well protected and assured that they are in a safe place with a reliable companion.
Research shows that spending time with someone you love and feel comfortable with can help release happy chemicals in your brain. It also helps you to become more sociable and can help reduce stress. Having a companion such as a therapy dog that’s well trained to serve the needs of others before their own is a sign of unconditional love. While there are many ways to reduce stress like meditation and listening to your favourite song – having another living breathing creature calm you down can almost serve as an instant solution.
Dogs are not the only animals that can help reduce stress. Even animals like fish and cats can help promote peace and calm. If you’re looking to get a new furry friend, we highly suggest getting a dog. You certainly won’t regret keeping one in your home and they’ll help you see the good in every situation.