Dog's name and age: Mikka, 14 years old
Mikka is named after Finnish hockey player Miikka Kiprusoff.
She was dumped at a shelter at only 5 weeks old because the breeder couldn't sell a deaf dog. She was considered a "throw away" because of her deafness, which was caused by Merle to Merle breeding.
Mikka knows about 20 words in sign language. Deaf kids are over the moon that they can "talk" to a dog!