Dr. Melanie Butera, veterinarian and adoptive mom to Dillie The Deer

by | Apr 30, 2014

Dr. Melanie Butera—a veterinarian who lives in Canal Fulton Ohio, but may be far better known as the adoptive “mom” to Dillie The Deer—recounts how Dillie entered her life, as a baby deer born blind and rejected by her mother, brought to Dr. Butera quite sickly and frail.dillie09cut-01 She explains that, through a confluence of multiple Dille2unusual factors, Dillie ended up living in their home—versus, say, an area Butera’s husband, Steve, built on to the barn—that yielded the singular scenario of this pasta-loving deer having her own room…she makes clear at every opportunity that she would never recommend anyone have a deer as a house pet. She traces the history of Dillie’s ever-growing media coverage (which really ratcheted up anew recently, in the wake of a National Geographic piece,  here), and how a reporter 5849897_orig1329658911for the local Fox affiliate first floated the idea of placing a webcam in Dillie’s room. Now, the Dilliecam (which can be accessed here: http://tinyurl.com/ksv8tfv) has become its own full-blown phenomenon, with online viewers scattered across the globe. Butera speaks about her struggle with cancer—presented at the beginning of the National Geographic video, but only revealed at the end of her book, “Dillie The Deer: Love On Hooves,” as an epilogue, sharing the great news that she is now free of the cancer. (www.dilliedeer.com)

ALSO: We spoke briefly with Don Goldstein, the veteran greyhound advocate affiliated with Great Greyhound Rescue & Adoptions of Tampa (GREAT) –whom we interviewed at length three weeks ago (you can here that show here)—about what happened last week with pending greyhound legislation in the Florida Senate, and the future prospects of the decoupling amendment. (http://www.great-greyhound.org)

COMEDY CORNER: Bill Engvall’s “Never Have My Own Animal Show” (portion) (www.billengvall.com)

MUSIC: Rebekah Pulley’s “Talking Animals Theme,” The Loving Spoonful’s version of “Nashville Cats,” instrumentals

NAME THAT ANIMAL TUNE: We didn’t play Name That Animal Tune today.


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