A young boy with special needs has formed a heartwarming bond with a deaf dog.
Six-year-old Connor Guillet was born with a genetic disorder and is non-verbal.
His mother Brandi from New Jersey said her son has been "blessed" by the arrival of foster dog Ellie, who is deaf.
"I adopted my son at birth knowing he had a genetic disorder. He is now six and non verbal but uses sign for communication," Brandi wrote on Facebook.
"We are fostering a beautiful deafie boxer girl (soon to be adopted!). She is amazing with my son. She is the most gentle, loving girl ever. The most beautiful part of this adoption is my son and his dog can actually talk to each other.
"I highly encourage adoption of deaf dogs. She is such a perfect addition to our family. We have been blessed with Ellie."
The post along with a picture of Ellie cuddling Connor has gone viral, with Connor even making it onto the Ellen DeGeneres site.