Judy Springborn's Apple Pie would put others to shame, and not because of some top-secret recipe.
Apple Pie is actually a 6-pound Chihuahua-mix that helps the 72-year-old deaf Glendale resident with daily living, following five months of training in Oregon after being saved from being euthanized at an animal shelter in Fresno.
Apple Pie moved into Springborn's home on Tuesday, her second “hearing dog” acquired through Dogs for the Deaf, an Oregon-based organization.
It almost didn't happen.
Months ago, an animal shelter in Fresno nearly euthanized Apple Pie after taking her in as a stray. But a shelter employee who noticed the dog's confidence and social skills alerted her friend Emily Minah, a trainer at Dogs for the Deaf.
Minah has spent the last five months training Apple Pie at the organization's headquarters in Central Point, Ore. On Tuesday, Minah handed the 6-pound helper over to Springborn after five days of training at her home.