”Gris”-valp föds både döv och blind – nu sprider den kärlek till barn världen över

Den hemlösa lilla valpen med rosa nos, föddes både döv och blind. Nu sprider den glädje världen över och lär barn att det är helt okej att vara annorlunda.

Du ska accepteras för precis den du är. Det är ett budskap som den lilla chihuahuan ”Piglet”, vilket betyder kulting” nu sprider till barn.

Det finns en anledning till att han fick just det namnet. När Piglet föddes såg han nämligen precis ut som en liten griskulting.

Piglet fick ingen lätt start på livet. Han såg inte bara annorlunda ut. Valpen föddes även utan hörsel och syn. Dessutom föddes han i ett hem där det fanns 37 andra valpar. Piglet räddades som tur var och fördes till ett djurhem.

Väl där dröjde det inte länge förrän han fick ett nytt hem, ett kärleksfullt sådan. Melissa Shapiro, en veterinär från Connecticut, adopterade den lilla valpen, som vägde knappt ett halvt kilo.

Efter två månader tillsammans med Piglet kan Melissa inte föreställa sig ett liv utan honom.

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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 har blivit barnens favorit

Hon medger att det kräver både mycket tid och tålamod, med tanke på hundens handikapp. Men hon skulle aldrig ge upp honom.

– Han var så orolig, och skrek konstant. Han lekte, och sen sov han. Men när han inte gjorde det så skrek han. Jag kunde inte lämna huset den första månaden när jag hade en annan hund där, säger Melissa till People.

Allt eftersom började Piglet anpassa sig till sitt nya hem, och i dag trivs han som fisken i vattnet.

Till på köpet har han också kommit att bli en riktig kändis. Piglet och Melissas andra valpar har ett Instagramkonto med fler än 100 000 följare!

Idag sprider han glädje till barn världen över.

– När vi behöll honom sa jag att han måste få ett större syfte, säger 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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Samlat in 300 000 kronor till utsatta djur

Piglets fantastiska historia fick spridning, och en lärare i Massachussetts började använda den som exempel för sina elever, att visa att man kan ta sig igenom det mesta här i livet.

Melissa har i dag startat en egen kurs och material där hon utifrån Piglet lär ut hur man kan ta sig an de utmaningar som livet ibland ger en. Kursen har spridits över hela USA, och även så långt som till Japan och Australien.

Pengarna hon får in från sina kurser och Instagram skänker hon till djurhem som specialiserar sig på djur med speciella behov. Än så länge har Piglet samlat in närmare 300 000 kronor.

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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 hyllar vi den fantastiska lilla hunden Piglet genom att sprida och dela hans historia!