Thursday, March 11, 2010


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...aSh...

House trained: Dillie the deer polishes off a plate of linguine in her owners' master bedroom

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.

Deer's best friend: Dillie plays around with Lady, the dog of the house

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 latest pet.

'She developed cataracts and this meant that she had to be cared for in a sensitive manner,' explained Melanie.

She would 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 her downstairs.

We walked upstairs and found her standing on our bed with Lady. She had obviously learned a few tricks from the old dog.

Family: Dr Melanie Butera and her husband Steve Heathman share their bed in their home in Canal Fulton, Ohio, with Dillie and Lady

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 shavings.

Stairway to heaven: Dillie has the run of the house, and has even learned how to use the toilet.


Ria said...

thats such a cute deer!! :)

Tomz said...

interesting, phaps Dillie was a dog in its previous birth..or it must be a hybrid

R. Ramesh said...

hah super post babli...:)

Arti said...

really nice! Good to see a deer getting so much love and attention..

डॉ. रूपचन्द्र शास्त्री मयंक said...

बहुत सुन्दर!
हमारी पौत्री प्राची को भी ये चित्र बहुत अच्छे लगे!

BK Chowla, said...

Very very nice, but is it legal to have one at home

Rajesh said...

Interesting. Not seen or heard anything like this before.

शरद कोकास said...

वाह ।

Indrani said...

Such a touching beautiful story. I wish I was a character there.:)

张好的个人博客 said...

nice job! waiting for your new artical. ........................................

R. Ramesh said...

thanks babli:)

Jeevan said...

Interesting babli! Opportunistic deer and comfortable couple with it. I caught a similar deer recently in Valparai, TN.

Destiny's child... said...

Absolutely amazing! I just love animals :)

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निर्झर'नीर said...

बहुत सुन्दर!