In order to embark on our journey properly, I think you should meet the first of many cohorts.
This is Howard. He is my 3-year-old, white boxer. I’ve come to be particularly fond of him since I rescued him in September. Howard is deaf but has no difficulty communicating with everyone he meets. He currently knows and (usually) obeys 8 hand signs. This photo of him is after his bath last night; he’s quite fond of clothing if his only other option is to be cold and wet. I’m off to go finish a team spirit blanket that I can’t wait to show you!