© 2020 Piglet International Inc,, Melissa Shapiro, DVM

Piglet, the deaf

blind pink puppy

 

 

 

 

 

Piglet International Inc. was established in December 2019 to support and facilitate Piglet’s Mission. We are a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation so all donations are tax deductible!!

                    

Piglet’s Mission:

  • Advocate for and support rescued animals through education and fundraising.

  • Inspire and motivate others to adopt special needs pets.

  • Facilitate Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach to teachers, students, and others in the community.

  • Encourage Acceptance, Inclusion, and Kindness through the example of Piglet’s Inclusion Pack.

  • Put a smile on faces all around the world.

A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME

Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy was rescued from a hoarding situation in Georgia along with his mother and 3 litter mates. He is a Dachshund Chihuahua mix, and the product of two dapple colored parents. Dapple to dapple breeding results in a 25% chance of each puppy being “double dapple”.  This double dapple color pattern is linked to congenital ear and eye defects that may result in partially or completely deaf/blind puppies. Piglet is deaf and blind. 

Piglet traveled to CT on March 4, 2017 because he wasn’t doing well in the rescue. He was a 1 1/2 pound screaming baby. We were planning on fostering Piglet until he found his forever home. As things happen, his foster home was his forever home. Our family adopted Piglet in May, 2017. 

After months of screaming and severe separation anxiety, Piglet finally got into a routine snuggling in his dad’s arms, playing with his dog pack siblings, taking walks down the street, traveling to house calls with his veterinarian mom, visiting the animal hospital to see his BFFs, and visiting his friends at the bank and pet stores. He is very popular wherever he goes as he has a way of creating smiles on the faces of everyone he meets.

 

Piglet is deaf and blind. He has learned how to overcome challenges despite his limitations. He optimizes his senses of smell, touch, taste, and love, to engage and be part of his family, his environment, and his happy life. He is an enthusiastic little dog with a positive Piglet Mindset!.

A Piglet Mindset is: 

  • Facing and overcoming challenges with a positive attitude.

  • It is focusing on what you have and moving past what you don’t.

  • It is accepting individuals for who they are and including them despite their differences.

  • And it is being kind to all people and animals. 

Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach Program

In the summer of 2017, an innovative 3rd grade teacher from Massachusetts had been following Piglet, the deaf blind puppy on Facebook. She was planning to use Piglet’s videos to teach growth mindset to her students. With her insight into what an amazing growth mindset model Piglet is for children, she coined the phrase Piglet Mindset and created a full growth mindset curriculum centered around Piglet and his positive attitude towards facing his challenges.

Piglet is an adorable little dog who acts as a vehicle to engage children and adults as he faces his challenges with a positive attitude.

Our online educational materials illustrate how Piglet uses the 3 senses he has to live a happy, meaningful, productive life despite his disabilities. Piglet and his amazing supportive 6-pack of rescued dogs set an extraordinary example of Acceptance, Inclusion, and Kindness regardless of looks, abilities, and disabilities.

The primary goals of the Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach Program are to reinforce Growth Mindset lessons and emphasize Acceptance, Inclusion, and Kindness to all people and animals. 

Our online educational materials can be used in the classroom, at home, with scouts, camps, counseling services, senior centers, programs for individuals with disabilities…

 

Piglet Mindset Lesson Plans and Educational Materials are available here on Piglet’s website for teachers who are interested in using Piglet as part of their growth mindset and inclusion curriculum. We encourage teachers to add to and improvise to fit Piglet Mindset into their own teaching style and classroom atmosphere. 

Piglet Mindset Teacher and Classroom Support

We support teachers who introduce their students to Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy and incorporate Piglet Mindset lessons into their curriculum. 

We provide a personalized greeting for the class from Piglet and his pack. 

We correspond with the children for holidays and other key points. 

We provide small Piglet Merch at no charge or at a discounted rate.

We arrange school and classroom visits with specially designed hands-on activities depending on location and availability

 

Piglet Mindset Classroom and School Visits

Our program is entertaining and fun, but the primary goal of our program is not entertainment. 

The primary goal of our Piglet Mindset School and Classroom Visits is to emphasize Acceptance, Inclusion, and Kindness and to reinforce Growth Mindset lessons.  

Classroom visits begin with a short power point presentation. We follow with our hands-on activity stations that address the 5 senses and how Piglet uses the 3 senses he has to live a happy meaningful life despite his disabilities. A live dog demo, Q & A, and wrap up give the children an amazing Piglet Mindset experience. 

The format is flexible, adaptable, and can be customized to different size groups and number of presentations requested.

Use the contact form below or email for more info.

 

Facetime Sessions are a virtual alternative to an in-person school or classroom visit. Facetime Sessions with Piglet and his pack are adaptable to a wide range of applications throughout the school year. When classes are participating in ongoing Piglet Mindset lessons, we can meet through Facetime for short Q and A sessions, demos of Piglet’s tap signals, observing Piglet’s mealtime, or even when Piglet is visiting his friends at the vet hospital. Facetime sessions are a great addition to an end of the school year Pink Party. 

Use the contact form below or email for more info.

Acceptance, Inclusion, and Kindness

  • Piglet’s dog family understands and accepts that he is a little bit different from them. 

  • Piglet feels confident because he is always included when the other dogs play, take walks, travel, and do tricks. 

  • They are extra gentle when he gets wild and accidentally bumps into them, even when they are startled. 

  • They help him to live his best life despite his many disabilities and challenges!

Are you ready to join Piglet's Inclusion Pack?

  • Face challenges with a positive attitude.

  • Accept others for who they are.

  • Include others despite their differences.

  • Always be kind and considerate to all people and animals.

 
 

Community Engagement

Piglet's Mission
Education
Volunteer Opportunities
  • Advocate for and support rescued animals through education and fundraising.

  • Inspire and motivate others to adopt special needs pets.

  • Facilitate Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach to teachers, students, and others in the community.

  • Encourage Acceptance, Inclusion, and Kindness through the example of Piglet’s Inclusion Pack.

  • Put a smile on faces all around the world.

  • The primary goals of the Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach Program are to reinforce Growth Mindset lessons and emphasize Acceptance, Inclusion, and Kindness to all people and animals. 

  • Our educational materials can be used in the classroom, at home, with scouts, camps, counseling services, senior centers, programs for individuals with disabilities…

  • Scroll down to access our free Piglet Mindset Educational Materials!

    

•School Visit Sponsorship- Some school visits are covered by school arts and enrichment budgets. But some school systems don't have funding for Piglet Mindset types of programs. Ironically, those are the schools that tend to need Piglet Mindset the most. So donations to cover the costs of these visits is crucial to our program. 

•Fundraising- We are happy to collaborate on fundraising events that will benefit our program.

•Grant Proposals and Corporate Sponsors- We are always looking for new sources of funding.

•Promote Our Program- Share Piglet with friends, family, teachers, and school administrators.

•Graphic Design-Our website and educational materials are in need of a makeover.

•Piglet Merch Design/Sales

•Encourage a Piglet Mindset!

Piglet's Pack

Hover over or click on pictures for detailed bios of Piglet's Pack

 

Social Media Presence

Contact Piglet

  • Facebook - Black Circle
  • YouTube - Black Circle
  • Instagram - Black Circle
 
 
 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinkpigletpuppy/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pinkpigletpuppy/

You Tube Channel: 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChkDwbHOTQeCPb-47gBjaLw

Piglet's Bio 

Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach

Lesson Plans and Educational Materials

links, downloads, information 

Piglet Mindset Lesson Plans, PDF Link

Piglet Mindset Lesson Plans, One Drive Link

A Piglet Mindset, PDF Link

A Piglet Mindset, One Drive Link

The Story of Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy, PDF Link

The Story of Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy, One Drive Link

Piglet and The Three Senses, PDF Link

Piglet and The Three Senses, One Drive Link

What's So Special About Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy?, PDF Link

What's So Special About Piglet, the deaf blind pink puppy?, One Drive Link

Piglet State of Mind Headband Activity

Piglet Mindset Visit To 3rd Graders in Plainville, Mass.

https://www.facebook.com/1894033074206799/videos/2109527425990695/

Learn about how Piglet Mindset Educational Outreach was created:

https://people.com/pets/deaf-blind-puppy-piglet-teaches-acceptance-and-inclusion/

NBC visit to Jackson Elementary School in Plainville, Mass.

https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=mcafee&p=piglet%2C+deaf+and+blind#id=2&vid=72b57d33ff9825fbf2dbf0709daabd6b&action=click

 

Learn about how Piglet Mindset is being used in a classroom in Alabama:

https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/10/the-story-of-piglet-a-deaf-and-blind-dog-comes-to-alabama.html

Online Feature Articles:

People.com:

https://people.com/pets/deaf-blind-puppy-piglet-teaches-acceptance-and-inclusion/

Al.com:

https://www.al.com/news/mobile/2019/10/the-story-of-piglet-a-deaf-and-blind-dog-comes-to-alabama.html

DailyMail.com:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-7535225/Piglet-pink-blind-deaf-puppy-lives-like-prince-rescued.html

Patch.com:

https://patch.com/connecticut/westport/what-kids-learn-blind-deaf-pink-pup-named-piglet

blog.animal rescue site:

https://blog.theanimalrescuesite.greatergood.com/piglet-the-puppy/

CBSnews.com:

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/piglet-a-pink-blind-and-deaf-puppy-inspires-others-to-overcome-the-odds/

Pretty52.com:

https://www.pretty52.com/life/real-life-pink-piglet-puppy-blind-deaf-melissa-shapiro-school-kids-instagram-20191003

Online Videos:

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt

https://youtu.be/IKiSuFezaOg

The Dodo Video:

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1193283184139688&id=334191996715482

The Dodo Impact Video:

https://youtu.be/joLRop_EOPY

The Dodo Little But Fierce Video:

https://youtu.be/rtU5nTs7RZk

Piglet Mindset Visit To 3rd Graders in Plainville, Mass.

https://www.facebook.com/1894033074206799/videos/2109527425990695/

PetInsider Articles:

https://petinsider.com/a-piglet-state-of-mind/

https://petinsider.com/piglet-the-deaf-blind-pink-puppys-trip-to-the-first-annual-special-k9-games/

https://petinsider.com/piglet-the-deaf-blind-pink-puppy-visits-classrooms-to-educate-inspire-and-create-smiles/

https://petinsider.com/medicating-dogs-homemade-pill-pockets-and-other-tricks/

https://petinsider.com/double-dapple-breeding-why-piglet-didnt-need-to-be-deaf-and-blind/

https://petinsider.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-adopting-a-special-needs-pet/

https://petinsider.com/choosing-safe-reliable-pet-care/

https://petinsider.com/first-aid-for-dogs-toxin-ingestion/

https://petinsider.com/caring-for-a-deaf-blind-dog/

https://petinsider.com/do-you-know-where-your-dogs-are/

https://petinsider.com/relying-on-dr-google/

https://petinsider.com/teaching-piglet-the-deaf-blind-pink-puppy/

Choosing Safe Reliable Pet Care

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V8I4qWtLvJcWB0O30yVjaCyi4t3StbLDYvN2aMVY6v0/edit?usp=sharing

Channel 12 News Clip:

http://connecticut.news12.com/story/36778151/westport-dog-teaches-kids-about-understanding-disabilities

New York Pet Fashion Show:

New York Pet Fashion Show YouTube Video (Piglet @18:14)

https://youtu.be/GWm9nthhBXc