This Little Piglet…

Melissa Shapiro and her husband Warren moved to Westport 24 years ago. They’ve got 3 college-aged children, plus many rescued dogs and birds. She is a house call veterinarian, as well as Connecticut representative for the national Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. Melissa writes:

Piglet — a deaf, blind pink dachshund/Chihuahua mix — was rescued last year from a hoarding situation in Georgia. So were his mother and 3 littermates.

But Piglet did not do well in his rescue situation. Last March he was sent to Connecticut.

I planned to foster him until he found his forever home. As things happen, that was my home. My family adopted Piglet in May.

Piglet at Compo Beach.

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 me, and visiting the bank, pet stores, and the animal hospital to see his BFFs,

In October, he was a celebrity guest at a Halloween fundraiser for Wolfgang & Company, a Fairfield company that employs special needs young adults to bake and sell dog treats.

Wherever he goes, he creates smiles on the faces of everyone he meets. (He’s even got his own Facebook page — click here!)

But it’s through his YouTube video that Piglet really reaches people.

A 3rd grade teacher in Massachusetts used Piglet’s video to teach her class how his positive mindset helps overcome challenges. Her students were so inspired, they used him as a role model to grow as people. When problems arise at home, kids ask, “What would Piglet do?”

The students sent hand-drawn cards to our family, with messages to Piglet. We were speechless.

Piglet’s fame has spread to Massachusetts.

That’s inspired me. I’ll make a short personalized Piglet greeting for any class or other group that wants to use this video.

But it’s not just kids who love Piglet. On January 27, he’ll be at the Senior Center. We’ll show his YouTube story, and he’ll meet and greet people who stops by.

Everyone is welcome, to see Westport’s own pink celebrity.

10 responses to “This Little Piglet…

  1. Piglet’s wonderful for certain, Melissa, but you and your family get the gold star here. Thank you for ALL your animal efforts…so many are mistreated; your story is a seasonal uplift for sure.

  2. Jacque O'Brien

    I agree wholeheartedly Daniel! Your family, Melissa, is a true inspiration as is your little Piglet! Happy Holidays!

  3. This has to be the very definition of a heart warming story. Way to go Melissa. Party on, Piglet!

  4. What a great story to wake up to!!! A very special family for a very special dog. Continue on……..

  5. What a great story! Go, Piglet, go!

  6. Love this story and Piglet!!

  7. Marianne Murray

    Melissa is a treasure, both for what she and her family have done for and with Piglet as well as her kindness and compassion to all her patients. I met her last year in the middle of a snowstorm when I found her online and, without having any prior relationship, (and maybe hearing the panic and fear in my voice), she nevertheless she trekked out to the wilderness of Weston as soon as roads permitted, to treat my 10 year old German Shepherd who was unable to get up. A couple of magical laser treatments later and he was good as new and she continues to make “house calls” for him (and he lets her do things without crying and running away and never cries when he sees her like he used to do on trips to the vet.) She is a wonderful vet and good kind person and really, just a treasure. As for Piglet, we get to hear about all his antics and know he has the best care (and sometimes gets a car ride with her when she makes house calls. This was the best story. So glad to hear even more about Piglet’s Adventures.

  8. Lori Winthrop Dockser

    Please keep posting piglets adventures, I’m in love 💕💕🐷

  9. Bonnie Bradley

    Wonderful & inspiring story. Melissa and her family are true heroes! 🎄❤️