Aiden Mann melted the Internet with his viral TikTok video showing how he wakes up his dog, Plum, a mini Australian shepherd who also happens to be deaf and blind.

During the video, which has racked up more than 13.5 million “likes,” Mann takes viewers through his routine, which includes slightly blowing on his dog, slightly startling her. Then they embrace.


Yes I know I have a hole in my shirt lol #plum #deaf #blind #doublemerle #fyp #fypage #cute #dog

♬ Surrender – Natalie Taylor

On this week’s return episode of “Level Playing Field” with Randy Boose, Mann tells the story behind the clip, and also his transition from female to male. Mann maintains a blog on Gender Traitor, updating readers on his progress and care for his beloved Australian shepherd.

On Instagram, Mann runs an account with more than 113,000 followers, and posts support for the trans community and lots of pictures of himself being out and proud.

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