Is This a Dog or a Deer?

Dillie is a lucky dog, for a deer. She sleeps in a human bed in her own room, gets to run 40 mph in her...

Maria Goodavage  |  Jan 21st 2010


Steve Heathman gives Dillie a treat of bread, ice cream, and ice cubes (Photo: The Independent)

Dillie is a lucky dog, for a deer. She sleeps in a human bed in her own room, gets to run 40 mph in her yard, swims in the family pool, and enjoys occasional treats like pasta and ice-cream. In return, she is sweet, loyal, housetrained, and comes when people call her name — when she feels like it. And when she’s warm, she turns on the ceiling fan.

Dilie was “a few breaths from dead” when a concerned farmer brought the 3-day-old fawn to the doorstep of Ohio veterinarian Melanie Butera, reports The Independent.

Butera says Dillie was born blind, with severe cataracts, and abandoned by her mother. Butera brought the deer home after a few days in the hospital, but she was too small and weak to be left in the barn. “We never intended for her to be in the house,” Butera says. “She was just too sick to be outside.”

That was five years ago.

She’s now a full-grown, 180-pound deer living the good life with Buter, Steve Heathman and their more traditional domesticated animals, including a poodle.

Dillie is not just a pet. “She’s like my daughter and son,” Heathman told CBS News.

The video below shows highlights from Dillie’s delightful daily life. Enjoy!

(With all the sadness and heaviness of yesterday’s posts, we wanted to bring you something a little more uplifting today. We hope this helps.)


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