Piglet, blind and deaf puppy

Video Transcript

Rocky:

Watch this blind and deaf puppy learn to use stairs.

A simple task. Like this is much harder to overcome while being blind and deaf, leaving him to use his other three senses for guidance.

Piglet’s mom:
The whole Helen Keller thing, you know? When you think about your five senses, what are the two most important senses to people who can’t see and hear are your sight and your sound. Those are the two that you use the most. Now loving and touching and you know, is important, but that is- it’s, it’s not the same as being able to see and hear.

Rocky:
Piglet learn techniques like mapping and tap signals which helped him not only be able to navigate around but to communicate with others.

Piglet’s mom:
He is profoundly disabled but he definitely makes a great effort to be a part of wherever he is more than any other dog because he has to. Once he ended up with a routine, once he knew what to expect I should say, that’s when things really clicked for him.

Rocky:
While now a loved member of his family, piglet, wasn’t supposed to stay.

Piglet’s mom:
I got the email from my friend Gloria down in Georgia and she just said “oh, there’s a little one pound deaf and blind puppy that needs a home. Do you know someone who would be a good fit for him?”. And I knew that there was no good fit for him at that very moment. So I said that we’ll foster him. And when we got him, he was so, so upset. When he was running around in the kitchen screaming and I’m going to vet meetings, my husband’s texting me to come home. So that’s why we didn’t wanna keep him because we didn’t think we could do it.

Rocky:
But Melissa and her family decided to keep him. And after a few months of training, he became a different dog.

Piglet and his mom

Piglet’s mom:
You know, we worked with him and we held him and I taught him tap signals which worked well once it clicked with him and he knew that was gonna happen. So he settled down over the two months that we had him before we said we were keeping him and I said if he’s going to stay, he’s gonna have a productive meaningful life. I’m a veterinarian, I’m involved in dog rescue, you know this is what I do

Rocky:
Now Piglet spreads messages of love to everybody that he meets.

Piglet and other dogs

Piglet’s mom:
He has this positive attitude. It’s perfect for adults who are just feeling like they need a little boost and they watch him and they watch him come up the stairs. And he, they watch him sit and wait for his meals and he he’s with our other dogs, so he does all of these things. I hardly ever get a tail wag from piglet, but I get to watch him do this with other people. I love watching him be happy to meet people. When my husband walks in the door, he could be upstairs coming downstairs or coming home from work, he knows that his dad has just walked in the door. I think he feels like he has a purpose too, even though he’s a dog and I get to enjoy him every single day. And I love sharing him.

Rocky:
He even helps teach kids at school with the piglet Mindset, focusing on topics like empathy and compassion for others.

Piglet Mindset Educational Program

Piglet’s mom:
So we’re going into the fourth year now of doing it. The story of piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy, the theme is all the same to be positive and face your challenges and be kind to others and be empathetic, and all of those things to be able to share piglet with people and across the world it get it’s, there’s nothing like it.

Rocky:
If piglet’s story makes you as happy as it makes me, please share this. And I’d love to have you join me on my mission to help more dogs hit that supporter button and make sure you go follow piglet’s page. If you don’t, you’re missing out.

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