The Great Dane Puppy Who Defied The Odds


Davie Meinert is an African director and filmmaker who rescued Pegasus, a 4-week-old Great Dane pup from a backyard breeder, reports Jessica Schmitz of Barkpost.

“Most of her siblings died after birth or were deformed,” wrote Meinert, in his extremely moving video. Pegasus, herself, was born with a pigment deficiency, “I was told that if she lived, she’d go deaf and blind.”

Meinert told Schmitz, “Rescuing her was a way for me to be sure she’d be looked after. For me, she had already been born – nothing was going to change that. By rescuing her, at least I could be certain that she wouldn’t be discarded.”

Meinert decided that, more than take in Pegasus, he would treasure every moment with her. For him, the best way to do that was with a camera. “I decided to record every day we had left. This is what I ended up with…” He wanted to celebrate each day with Pegasus, and what he ended up with is a beautiful video diary that shows the defiant dog growing stronger each day. Amazing work, both of you!

Update:A lot of people have asked about her now. I never thought it would get so much interest. This video is a chronicle of our time together, which I finished making a while ago. Subsequent to making the video, I had to travel a lot, and struggled with keeping her where I was living. A saviour stepped in and helped look after Pegs while I tried to make a plan and she moved back and forth, which was disruptive for her. After months of no solution, it was obvious that her new set up with incredible love, a bigger garden and a new best friend in Luna, another great dane was more than I could offer. I am lucky that I get to visit and take her for short periods, and maybe that’s why in my heart she’s still with me. It’s always difficult. If the dog is happier, do you forsake your happiness? I think yes. If a dog is negligently bred, should it be killed to prevent more negligent breeding? I think no. Who’s to say. In the end we try our best and our pets teach us lessons about love, humility and non-judgment. “

– Director: Dave Meinert

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