© 2018 Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy, Melissa Shapiro, DVM

Piglet, the deaf

blind pink puppy

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME

Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy was rescued from a hoarding situation in Georgia along with his mother and 3 litter mates. He is a Dachshund Chihuahua mix, and the product of two dapple colored parents. Dapple to dapple breeding results in a 25% chance of each puppy being “double dapple”.  This double dapple color pattern is linked to congenital ear and eye defects that may result in partially or completely deaf/blind puppies. Piglet is deaf and blind. 

Piglet traveled to CT on March 4, 2017 because he wasn’t doing well in the rescue. He was a 1 1/2 pound screaming baby. We were planning on fostering Piglet until he found his forever home. As things happen, his foster home was his forever home. Our family adopted Piglet in May, 2017. 

After months of screaming and severe separation anxiety, Piglet finally got into a routine snuggling in his dad’s arms, playing with his dog pack siblings, taking walks down the street, traveling to house calls with his veterinarian mom, visiting the animal hospital to see his BFFs, and visiting his friends at the bank and pet stores. He is very popular wherever he goes as he has a way of creating smiles on the faces of everyone he meets.

 

Piglet continues to grow and adapt to all sorts of new challenges.  He's taken trips to Maine, New Hampshire, New Orelans, LA, and to Princeton University where he takes walks and meets many dog loving college students.

 

In October 2017, he was a celebrity guest at a Halloween fundraiser for a new Fairfield, CT based company that employs disabled young adults to bake and sell dog treats. The company is called  Woofgang and Company. Piglet and his 12 year old rescued terrier sister Susie wore adorable pumpkin costumes as they participated in the Halloween parade. Piglet celebrated his first birthday at the Woofgang store. A Brownie Troop was invited to the party to learn about disabled dogs.

 

We have raised thousands of dollars for Piglet’s rescue and special needs dog rescues with fundraisers selling pink Piglet phone case wallets, stickers, buttons, car magnets, flashlights, wristbands, tote bags, back packs, dog slip leashes, and T-shirts. Piglet merchandise has been sent to many countries all around the world including South Africa, England, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Greece, Israel, Thailand, Australia, Canada...  as well as most states around the USA. 

We are most proud that a third grade teacher in Plainville, Massachusetts used Piglet’s The Story of Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy educational PDF to teach her class about how Piglet's positive mindset has helped him to overcome challenges.  Piglet was so inspiring to the children that they decided as a class to use Piglet as their growth mindset role model and face each day in a “Piglet State of Mind” to grow as students and individuals. When problems arise at home, the children’s parents describe their kids asking “What would Piglet do?”. The student’s sent beautiful hand drawn cards with messages to Piglet which left us speechless.  

In February, 2018, Piglet made his New York debut at the New York Pet Fashion Show. The event was a benefit for the New York City Mayors Alliance for Animals. He participated in the first annual Special K9 Games in Columbus, Ohio in May, 2018. Piglet attended the HSUS sponsored TAFA conference in Arlington, VA in September, 2018, and he was an invited guest to The Body Shop Forever Against Animal Testing parade to deliver over 8 million signatures against animal testing to the UN. In November he met lots of Piglet fans at his first PetCon in NYC where he had his own meet and greet. 

In April, 2019 Piglet attended an HSUS Expo in New Orelands. He flew out to LA for his second PetCon in June, 2019. He has made a number of classroom visits and we've given a number of public Piglet presentations locally. 

Piglet's Mission

*Encourage spay and neuter of dogs and cats.

*Educate about the severe consequences of double dapple/merle breeding.

*Inspire and motivate others to adopt special needs pets.

*Facilitate Piglet Mindset outreach to teachers and students. 

*Fundraise for special needs dog rescues and other nonprofit organizations.

*Put a smile on faces all around the world. 

 

Piglet does the smile part, considered his motto, extremely well.  

 

Community Engagement

Piglet's Mission
  • Encourage spay and neuter of dogs and cats.

  • Educate about the severe consequences of double dapple/merle breeding.

  • Inspire and motivate others to adopt special needs pets.

  • Facilitate Piglet Mindset outreach to teachers and students.

  • Fundraise for special needs dog rescues and other nonprofit organizations. 

  • Put a smile on faces all around the world.

Education

Educational Piglet PDF and You Tube videos are available for classroom, scout troops, and other animal focused groups.

Current titles include:

  • The Story of Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy

  • Piglet and the three senses

  • What's So Special about Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy?

  • Piglet Mindset

  • Piglet Mindset Lesson Plans

We provide personalized Piglet greeting videos for use with our PDFs and videos. Links Here

Fund Raising
  • Piglet fundraising projects include Piglet merchandise sales, and other community  based campaigns.

  • Merchandise includes Piglet stickers, buttons, wristbands, photos, car magnets, pictures magnets, leashes, tote bags, hats, and T-shirts. 

  • All profits are donated to special needs dog rescues and other nonprofits  around the USA. 

 
 

Piglet's Pack

Hover over or click on pictures for detailed bios of Piglet's Pack

Social Media Presence

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinkpigletpuppy/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinkpigletpuppy/

You Tube Channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChkDwbHOTQeCPb-47gBjaLw

Piglet's Bio: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ALDofSAQFtg5sjOhWKyyOdh-ifET8f3u5CFO-JWeCtc/edit?usp=sharing

Piglet Mindset Educational PDFs for classroom and home use:

Piglet Mindset Lesson Plans, PDF

Piglet Mindset Lesson Plans, One Drive Link

A Piglet Mindset, PDF

A Piglet Mindset, One Drive Link

The Story of Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy, PDF

The Story of Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy, One Drive Link

Piglet and The Three Senses, PDF

Piglet and The Three Senses, One Drive Link

What's So Special About Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy?, PDF

What's So Special About Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy?, One Drive Link

Piglet Mindset Visit To 3rd Graders in Plainville, Mass.

https://www.facebook.com/1894033074206799/videos/2109527425990695/

 

Piglet Mindset Lesson Plans on TeachersPayTeachers.com

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Piglet-Mindset-Educational-Outreach

Learn about how Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach was created:

https://people.com/pets/deaf-blind-puppy-piglet-teaches-acceptance-and-inclusion/

 

Learn about how Piglet Mindset is being used in a classroom in Alabama:

https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/10/the-story-of-piglet-a-deaf-and-blind-dog-comes-to-alabama.html

Online Feature Articles:

People.com:

https://people.com/pets/deaf-blind-puppy-piglet-teaches-acceptance-and-inclusion/

Al.com:

https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/10/the-story-of-piglet-a-deaf-and-blind-dog-comes-to-alabama.html

DailyMail.com:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7535225/Piglet-pink-blind-deaf-puppy-lives-like-prince-rescued.html

Patch.com:

https://patch.com/connecticut/westport/what-kids-learn-blind-deaf-pink-pup-named-piglet

blog.animal rescue site:

https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/piglet-the-puppy/

CBSnews.com:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/piglet-a-pink-blind-and-deaf-puppy-inspires-others-to-overcome-the-odds/

Pretty52.com:

https://www.pretty52.com/life/real-life-pink-piglet-puppy-blind-deaf-melissa-shapiro-school-kids-instagram-20191003

Online Videos:

The Dodo Video:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1193283184139688&id=334191996715482

The Dodo Impact Video:

https://www.facebook.com/melissa.shapiro.52/posts/1293002100809992

The Dodo Little But Fierce Video:

https://youtu.be/rtU5nTs7RZk

Piglet Mindset Visit To 3rd Graders in Plainville, Mass.

https://www.facebook.com/1894033074206799/videos/2109527425990695/

PetInsider Articles:

https://petinsider.com/a-piglet-state-of-mind/

https://petinsider.com/piglet-the-deaf-blind-pink-puppys-trip-to-the-first-annual-special-k9-games/

https://petinsider.com/piglet-the-deaf-blind-pink-puppy-visits-classrooms-to-educate-inspire-and-create-smiles/

https://petinsider.com/medicating-dogs-homemade-pill-pockets-and-other-tricks/

https://petinsider.com/double-dapple-breeding-why-piglet-didnt-need-to-be-deaf-and-blind/

https://petinsider.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-adopting-a-special-needs-pet/

https://petinsider.com/choosing-safe-reliable-pet-care/

https://petinsider.com/first-aid-for-dogs-toxin-ingestion/

https://petinsider.com/caring-for-a-deaf-blind-dog/

https://petinsider.com/do-you-know-where-your-dogs-are/

https://petinsider.com/relying-on-dr-google/

https://petinsider.com/teaching-piglet-the-deaf-blind-pink-puppy/

Choosing Safe Reliable Pet Care

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V8I4qWtLvJcWB0O30yVjaCyi4t3StbLDYvN2aMVY6v0/edit?usp=sharing

Channel 12 News Clip:

http://connecticut.news12.com/story/36778151/westport-dog-teaches-kids-about-understanding-disabilities

New York Pet Fashion Show YouTube Video (Piglet @18:14)

https://youtu.be/GWm9nthhBXc

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