Mr. Breakfast is a deaf pit bull adopted by his fur mom Liz from California-based animal organization Wagging Dog Rescue. The first time Liz saw him at the shelter, the adorable pit bull grunted as if trying to communicate with her.
Those little noises sealed the deal. “I have to know this dog!” Liz remembers excitedly thinking.
Breakfast had come from a dog fighting ring, and his ears had been cropped to make him look more intimidating. A couple of families had adopted him before but returned him in the end, so the pittie has been living in foster homes for the longest time.
The dog also has a few behavioral issues due to lack of training that need ironing out. His former owners may not have had the time nor the desire to train him before bringing him back to the shelter.
Image credit: mr.breakfast on Instagram
Fortunately, however, the pit bull already knew a smattering of sign language when Liz adopted him. She had worked with deaf dogs before, so she knew how to handle Breakfast.
But the pittie did not feel connected to Liz at first. He was receptive to her training, but his fur mom thought that he was still a bit unsure about her.
Perhaps it was because he’d had a couple of adoptive parents before who let him go that made it difficult for him to trust Liz. After all, in Breakfast’s mind, there’s no telling if his new fur mom will return him to the shelter like the ones before her.
So Liz knew she had to do something different for the pit bull. That’s when she stumbled upon a surfing class for dogs, which sounded like the perfect activity for them.
Breakfast was excited as well. As soon as the instructors placed the surfing board on the water, he hopped right on as if he’d been doing it all his life. Sure, he kept falling off at the beginning, but what mattered more was that he was having tons of fun.
Since they began surfing together, Liz says their “communication has just skyrocketed.” Breakfast completely trusts his fur mom to watch out for big waves and not let him get overwhelmed by one, and that trust strengthened their bond.
According to Liz, Breakfast reminds her that even if you’ve had painful experiences in the past, it’s still possible to be happy. Indeed, the pit bull’s disposition is so sunny that other people can’t help but remark on how cheerful he looks.
Watch Liz and Mr. Breakfast play and surf together here:
Source: The Dodo on YouTube