A deaf Great Dane and a toddler have become the most adorable best friends.
Marion Dwyer, 33, says that when she became pregnant after adopting her dog Echo in 2014, she noticed that the animal was always lying on her stomach.
“We always said she would be the baby’s best friend and she really is,” Dwyer told InsideEdition.com.
Dwyer’s daughter, 17-month-old Jennie, has grown up with Echo and the pair has formed an unbreakable bond. The family also has two other Great Danes.
“In the morning the first thing she says is, 'Doggie,' and in the evening she puts the dog in the bed,” Dwyer said. “I didn’t expect them to be that inseparable. She gets upset if she doesn’t get to walk the dog. She even holds his leash if she is in the stroller. They are always near each other.”
Dwyer adopted Echo, who also has limited sight, after the dog’s owner contemplated putting her down because of her disabilities. Dwyer said it saddened her that so many dogs with special needs don’t get adopted.
Thankfully, Echo now has a family who loves her and the best friend of a lifetime. Jennie has learned signs to communicate with Echo after seeing her family signing to the 3-year-old dog.
“She will wave Echo over to her when she wants her to come and she knows how to offer her a treat, she likes to sneak her breakfast waffles and apple slices,” Dwyer said. “Jennie knows the sign for food so she’ll sign it to Echo. I didn’t expect that at all.”
Echo is also super protective of Jennie, Dwyer said. When they go on walks and Echo sees a stranger she will always get close to the toddler to make sure she’s okay.
“You don’t have to get rid of your dogs when you have children,” Dwyer said. “Our friends and family think it is amazing and always say that they are inseparable.”