Piglet.
Piglet. Photography courtesy Melissa Shapiro.

Special-Needs Pup Piglet Uses His Platform to Raise Awareness

Piglet is an adorable special-needs dog who uses his challenges to inspire others and spread awareness for pets and people facing obstacles.
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Piglet is using his “ruff” start in life to act as a spokesdog. This adorable and differently abled double-dapple DachshundChihuahua rescue pup was born into a hoarding situation. He encourages people to spay and neuter their pets, and educates about the consequences of breeding two dapple-colored dogs.

Piglet is deaf, blind and tiny. He overcomes challenges with a positive mindset, which inspires others to consider adopting a special-needs pet. Piglet also travels to classrooms to help schoolchildren accept differences and face their own challenges.

According to his human, Melissa Shapiro, Piglet’s do-gooder message is especially poignant around the holiday season. This year, Piglet will continue fundraising for special-needs dog rescues with some new Piglet merchandise. He’s also hoping for some chewy sticks, tug toys and fleece sweaters from Santa Paws.

Learn more about Piglet at pinkpigletpuppy.org.

Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Dogster magazine. Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? Subscribe now to get Dogster magazine delivered straight to you!

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1 thought on “Special-Needs Pup Piglet Uses His Platform to Raise Awareness”

  1. It doesn’t take a special needs dog to inspire us. All dogs show us how we should live every day. With unconditional love and loyalty. When a dog like piglet comes along they inspire us even more! Piglet is living the only life he knows. The only way he knows …like a fog. How much better would our lives be if we just lived them the way we are rather than trying to adapt to what is the social expectation?

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