Cat Nurses Squirrel
Dillie the Deer
Dillie, the deer, acts just like a house-trained dog as she walks up the
stairs and lounges around on her owner's bed.
Living with vet Melanie
Butera in Canal Fulton, Ohio, four-year-old Dillie is so spoiled she
is served linguine in bed.
She has even managed to work out where a deer
that lives in a house should go to do her business.
Taking full advantage of Melanie and her husband Steve's generous
hospitality, Dillie even gets to enjoy their swimming pool and five acres
of property on which to run around on..
Living with the
Buteras since she was three days old, Dillie now knows how to turn
lights on and off and how to take ice from the dispenser in the fridge.
'We took a call from a local farmer at 3 am one wintry night,' said
Melanie, 48. 'Dillie's mother was not taking to her and he asked if we
wanted to try to nurse her back to health.
'We put her on
an IV drip because she weighed four pounds and got her back up and
running after around two weeks.
'We then realised that she couldn't go
back to the farm and live with the other deer and she couldn't live
with our horses because they scared her too much.'
Leaving her in the capable hands of her eight-year-old poodle Lady,
Melanie decided that Dillie was going to become the Butera household's
'She developed cataracts and this meant that she had to be
cared for in a sensitive manner,' explained Melanie.
hang around Lady and she very quickly learned to act like a dog.
'This became apparent to us when we came home one day and couldn't find
'We walked upstairs and found her standing on our
bed with Lady. She had obviously learned a few tricks from the old dog.'
Dillie slept for the first few years at the Buteras' home in their
bed with Lady.
'I suppose it was quite a cute get together,
said Melanie. 'Me, my husband, Dillie and Lady all sharing the
same bed. 'My husband Steve always liked the way that Dillie would warm
his feet up when she lied on them.'
Fully house-trained, Dillie
now wears a GPS collar due to a frightening runaway incident last year.
'She went missing because a gate was left open on our property when she was out roaming,' said Melanie..
'So we got this collar fitted
to her to keep our minds at ease.'
Enjoying a wide variety of meals,
Dillie's favourite is ice cream and coffee, topped with frozen ice
Dillie has the run of the house, and has even learned
how to use the toilet.
Welcome to the home
of Dillie the Deer !
Hi, my name is Dillie and I am a farm-born White Tail
Deer that was born blind, but have become an international media
sensation because I live in a house and have a whole family of people
and other animals that take care of me night and day. I do have my own
bedroom, and if I am in there right now you can see me on the
Dillie Cam. When
I am not lounging in bed, I am out eating my hay, playing in the yard,
swimming in the pool, or getting into things I am not supposed to. I am
the mascot of Elm Ridge Animal
Fulton, Ohio. Write me:
I love mail, especially with a little sprinkle of salt.
See me on Facebook! Thanks for stopping by !
5/3/2010: Visit from Dr. Cheryl Red and her patients, children
with visual disability.