A Deaf Hero's Quest for Love and Acceptance
"I encourage all of you to dive into this wonderful book and learn more about this intrepid pair. It will teach you about the beauty of a perfect relationship between two completely different species and the oneness of life on this planet as well as the power of love and persistence against seemingly stacked odds. Sit! Read! Enjoy!"
-Dr. Nicholas H. Dodman, Professor Emeritus, Animal Behaviorist, Tufts University, Boston MA
"To observe and feel the relationship the author had with Hogan and, in fact, with all of her dogs, was something not often seen between human and canine. It was as though Connie could step inside Hogan and know what he was thinking and feeling. Her and Jim’s response, in fact the entire crowd’s response, to Hogan running free for the first time ever is a moment that is frozen in time in my memory. Both my husband, Tom, and I knew that they had just given Hogan the gift of a lifetime.”
Partner, Injoy Lure Coursing LLC
"One of the most emotionally and enriching books I have ever read." - Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Hogan's Hope: A Deaf Hero's Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance is the true story of a dog rescued from abuse, written by Connie Bombaci. Born the runt of the litter in a puppy mill and christened Number 10, the tiny Dalmatian pup hardly stood a chance at a normal life. Not only was he born deaf, but he was also quite small. Not permitted indoors, he suffered horrific beatings whilst being caged outdoors with no shelter or warmth. After being rescued and rehomed, Number 10 was renamed after being adopted by a kind and loving family. Now known as Hogan, his life was about to change tenfold because his new family acknowledged his deafness and helped him work through his residual fears, as they learned and taught basic commands in American Sign Language, and turned this scrawny, bruised and beaten canine victim into a happy, healthy survivor.
The moment I saw the premise of Hogan's story, I had never wanted to read any book so badly before in my life. Connie Bombaci's story of Hogan - a Dalmatian pup which had withstood all the odds and became a beacon of hope for so many - moved me to tears. Seeing how horrifically an animal could be treated gave me chills, whilst clenching my fists at the same time. I saw Hogan's rescue from such a horrific place to be a true blessing. Being Deaf, I know the challenges and prejudices that stem from audism and surdophobia, and could not help but rejoice as I experienced Hogan's transformation from scared victim in a world devoid of trust, to a confident, devoted and loving pet which lived and gave his all for his human and animal friends and family. One of the most emotionally satisfying and enriching books I have ever read, Hogan's Hope: A Deaf Hero's Inspirational Quest for Love and Acceptance is a tale which I not only enjoyed, but also recommend to readers aged over 15 years, so that they can see that deafness does not create boundaries in any species - it is how you interact and embrace those who are deaf which makes all the difference in their silent world.
Deaf dogs are often destroyed, mistreated, or abandoned. Hogan’s Hope is the tale of a legendary deaf canine hero who, after being rescued from neglect, prevailed as he learned over 65 signs in American Sign Language and thereby providing the hope of life for many deaf dogs worldwide. His courage to overcome challenges and prejudice continues to give inspiration to anyone, human or pet, that accomplishment, success, and genuine love are truly possible. Through his lifetime of determination, his story offers us the promise that we are capable of achieving an amazingly “ordinary” life and a life away from isolation. From hardship to success, hope gave the inspiration for overcoming any challenge. His journey of valor reveals dreams come true and offers insight into the world of true faith, unconditional love, and endless hope. Indeed, it is a story that needs to be told. Read and gain immeasurable hope!
"There are none so deaf than those who refuse to listen."
(adapted) Matthew Henry, Commentaries, (1708-1710)
"Who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear"
The book is now available for purchase at:
Barnes and Noble Bookstores
Breakwater Books, Guilford, CT
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All photography provided by Connie Bombaci