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One pastel puppy is a mascot for acceptance, kindness, and inclusion — but it wasn’t an easy journey to get there.

Now very happy and living “like a little prince,” according to his owner, Piglet was born deaf and blind in a Georgia home with 37 other puppies in a hoarding situation.

His story found its way through social media to a third-grade classroom in Massachusetts, where a teacher used Piglet as a model for a positive growth mindset, which discourages students from giving up and instead promotes the idea that struggles, like Piglet’s, can lead to growth.

Piglet is a dachshund-Chihuahua mix.

 

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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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Wishing all of Piglet’s friends a Peaceful Pink Piglity Goodnight💕😴💤🌙 . . . Flashback Friday to one of Piggy’s classic precious sleeping baby pics. As crazy as he was, he was pure heart-melt when he fell asleep. He drew on emotions we never knew we had. Amazingly, that novelty has not worn off. Piglet has a magical charm that keeps everyone enthusiastically engaged. His inspiring determination and positive mindset are contagious. . . . If you love him, please share him with your friends and on your social media pages. The more the merrier!!💕 . . #pinkpigletpuppy #newyorkvetshow #goodnight #sleeptight #growthmindset #growthmindsetclassroom #growthmindset🌱 #deafblind #doubledapple #blinddog #deafdog #specialneedsdog #specialk9games #bebrave #tinybutmighty #mydogist #barkmagazine #barked #bark #wag #pigletmindset

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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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