Pink puppy who can't see or hear is inspiring kids to embrace differences
An adorable puppy, who was born with pink fur and who is deaf and blind, has been inspiring disabled kids on social media.
Piglet, a dachshund-Chihuahua mix, has become a viral celebrity on social media, thanks to his chipper attitude and unusual salmon-coloured hue. The dog was first adopted by Connecticut veterinarian Melissa Shapiro, who fell in love with the handicapped dog's atypical appearance and unconventional cuteness.
Check out this adorable video of Piglet below:
Shapiro began uploading pictures of Piglet to Instagram, where he quickly went viral and gathered himself a significant fanbase online, boasting over 100,000 followers on the image-sharing platform.
After Piglet was used to set an example to third-graders in a classroom about overcoming setbacks, Shapiro launched the Piglet Mindset Outreach program to teach children how to face daily challenges.
Although Shapiro only intended to foster Piglet for a short while, he's now a full-time member of the pack. However, convincing him to join the family took a long time, and the little pup remains fairly shy and anxious.
Speaking to PEOPLE magazine about her dog in a recent interview, Shapiro stated: "It was quite a decision to make. He is a lot of work and he is like a full-time job, taking care of a little disabled baby. But he’s so cute, and we couldn’t give him away at that point."
She continued: "He was so anxious, he was screaming constantly. He would play, then go to sleep, but when he wasn’t doing either of those, he was screaming. I couldn’t leave the house the first month I had the dog here."
She added: "People are afraid to adopt these animals, they think that it’s going to be too much work. But people see Piglet’s page and I get so many notes from people that because of him, they just adopted. It’s rewarding to know that people are taking the lead and being inspired by Piggy."
Bets of all? The money that Shapiro makes from the ad revenue on her Instagram page all goes to charity. If that doesn't prove what a good dog Piglet is, then I don't know what will...