“Grise”-hvalp blev født både døv og blind – nu spreder den kærlighed til børn verden over

Den hjemløse lille hvalp med den lyserøde næse blev født både døv og blind. Nu spreder den glæde verden over og lærer børn, at det er helt i orden at være anderledes. 

Du skal accepteres for præcis den du er. Det er et budskab, som den lille chihuahua “Piglet”, som betyder griseunge, nu spreder til børn.

Der findes en grund til, at han fik lige det navn. Da Piglet blev født, lignede han præcis en lille griseunge.

Piglet fik ikke en let start på livet. Han så ikke bare anderledes ud. Hvalpen blev født uden at kunne høre og se. Desuden blev han født i et hjem, hvor der var 37 andre hunde. Heldigvis blev Piglet reddet og overført til et dyrehjem.

Der varede det ikke længe, inden han fik et nyt kærligt hjem. Melissa Shapiro, en dyrlæge fra Connecticut, adopterede den lille hvalp, som næsten vejede et halvt kilo.

Efter to måneder sammen kan Melissa ikke forestille sig et liv uden ham.

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We were excited to open an envelope filled with letters from our 2nd grade friends We were excited to open an envelope filled with letters from our 2nd grade friends in Alabama. The children asked if Piglet is happy in his home. The answer- Absolutely! Despite being deaf and blind and tiny, Piglet is a happy little dog. He loves his home and his life. He loves his mom and dad and dog pack family, he loves going to work, he loves to travel, and he loves to visit classrooms to teach children about his Piglet Mindset. The children also asked why Piglet is deaf and blind. This is a complicated question with a complicated answer. Piglet was born in a hoarding situation. In his case, the people had three non-neutered dogs that bred to make more dogs, who bred to make more dogs, who bred to make even more dogs… and so it went that 3 dogs became 37 dogs in their small apartment. One of those 37 was Piglet. With an overpopulation of unwanted dogs, we should not be allowing dogs to breed in this way. Making matters worse, many of the dogs in Piglet’s situation were dapple color patterned. When two dapple colored dogs breed there is a 25% chance that the babies will be “double dapple” meaning that they receive a dominant dapple gene from each parent. Double dapple dogs are white or mostly white and many have congenital ear and eye defects which cause them to be deaf and or blind. Piglet has both- he is deaf and blind. Piglet’s original people did not intentionally breed two dapples. They were in over their heads and things got out of control. Thankfully a rescue group came in to help. Piglet is one of the lucky ones. Many dogs like Piglet are euthanized by breeders if rescue groups don’t come forward. Many end up in shelters or abandoned on the streets. Piglet’s Mission includes educating about the severe consequences of double dapple breeding, and encouraging people to adopt special needs pets. We have created educational PDFs and lesson plans for teachers to incorporate Piglet Mindset into their curriculum. Learn more about our Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach Program. Pinkpigletpuppy.org

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Piglet er blevet børnenes favorit

Hun medgiver, at det kræver meget tid og tålmodighed med tanke på hundens handicap. Men hun vil aldrig opgive ham.

– Han var så urolig og skreg konstant. Han legede og siden sov han. Men når han ikke gjorde det, så skreg han. Jeg kunne ikke forlade huset den første måned, da jeg havde en anden hund der, siger Melissa til People.

Efterhånden begyndte Piglet at vænne sig til sit nye hjem, og i dag trives han som en fisk i vandet,

Ovenikøbet er han også blevet en rigtig kendis. Piglet og Melissas andre hvalpe har en Instagramkonto med mere end 100 000 følgere!

I dag spreder han glæde til børn verden over.

– Da vi beholdt ham sagde jeg, at han måtte have et større formål, siger Melissa Shapiro.

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Thank you to Greta Bjornson and People.com for publishing a beautiful article about Piglet this afternoon. We want to welcome many new friends who found Piglet via that article. I’ve received many questions about Piglet so here is a brief summary of Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy. Scroll to see a few adorable pictures of Piggy and his pack. Piglet is a double dapple doxie chihuahua mix. He was born in a hoarding situation. When two dapple color patterned dogs breed there is a 25% chance each puppy will receive two dapple genes. This is called “double dapple” or double merle which is linked to congenital ear and eye defects. Piglet is deaf and blind. Piglet faces his challenges with a positive attitude. This is called a Piglet Mindset. He is an exceptional growth mindset model for children and adults. Our Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach Program is available on Piglet’s website for classroom use (free downloads). We are happy to support teachers who introduce Piglet to their students. We correspond via mail and email, send Piglet Merchandise, and visit when possible. Piglet is an animal welfare advocate. He encourages spay and neuter, educates about the severe consequences of double dapple breeding, and he encourages adoption of special needs pets. Our fundraising efforts have exceeded $30,000 which has all been donated to special needs dog rescues and other nonprofit organizations. Most of all, Piglet is an adorable, happy, entertaining tiny pink dog with a very positive attitude. He puts a smile on faces all around the world. Visit pinkpigletpuppy.org to learn more. And email with questions and inquiries. [email protected] Keep an eye on Piggy’s stories this weekend as he will be in Columbus, Ohio participating in the Special K9 Games!! . . . #pinkpigletpuppy #deafdogsofinstagram #blinddogsofinstagram #rescuedogsofinstagram #doubledapple #animaladvocate #aspca #humanesociety #petinsider #tdafam #buzzfeedanimals

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Samlet over 200 000 kroner ind til udsatte dyr

Piglets fantastiske historie blev spredt, og en lærer i Massachusetts begyndte at bruge den som eksempel for sine elever, at vise man kan komme gennem det meste her i livet.

Melissa har i dag startet sit eget kursus med materiale om Piglet, hvor hun lærer hvordan man kan tage imod de udfordringer livet giver. Kurset er blevet spredt over hele USA og sågar så langt som til Japan og Australien.

Pengene hun får ind fra sine kurser og Instagram skænker hun til dyrehjem, som specialiserer sig i dyr med specielle behov. Piglet har samlet mere end 200 000 kroner ind.

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Capping off an amazing day with this little pink boy. He is as versatile as any dog I know; in his own way. He doesn’t necessarily enjoy activities the same way other dogs do- he can’t see and he can’t hear. So when he gets to new places it takes him a lot longer to acclimate and adjust. He has 3/5 processing power compared to others. But what he has he uses to the max. That is a Piglet Mindset. Some would ask why I would drag him on a train and subway all the way to NYC to eat a few dog treats. Then drag him back home again in a Lyft car and another train. What does he get out of all of that? He enjoys experiencing the world just like any other individual does. He travels in the comfort of his own doggie stroller and he has his mom there to keep him centered. He absolutely does not want to be left home. Now we are heading out for our second dog walk at the beach. I first came down here with Gina and Dean, and Piggy. Now I’m here with Susie, Annie, Evie, and Zoey, and Piggy. He is aware of everything that goes on around him. He loves his routine and he is open to new adventures as long as he maintains some consistency like having his stroller as a home base. Piglet knows when we are off on an adventure and he makes sure he is included. I enjoy helping him live a productive, meaningful, happy life. Here he is looking as handsome as ever on a beautiful night at the beach. Have a great night. . . . #pinkpigletpuppy #beachdog #dogsdoingthings #adventuredog #dogfeatures #dogshavingfun #disableddogs #cutestever #ilovemydog #blinddogsofinstagram #deafdogsofinstagram #disableddogs

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Nu hylder vi den fantastiske lille hund Piglet ved at sprede og dele hans historie!