When Dave Meinert first rescued Pegasus from backyard breeders his vet warmed him of the worst. Pegasus was born a “double-merle” meaning she has a severe lack of pigment. Most of her siblings suffered deformities or died at birth. Most double-merles are born blind and/or deaf, and so the vet feared that even if Pegasus continued to thrive this would eventually happen to her too.
Regardless, Dave Meinert adopted her and opened up his heart 100%. He wrote in a post via Bored Panda, “Rather than focus on the negative, I wanted a way to document her good days of good health and celebrate them. I set about taking a picture of her growing up every day not knowing how long it would last.”
Meinert has since compiled all of this footage into a time-lapse of rescued puppy growing up on a treadmill, known as “The Pegasus Project.” The video spans from the time Pegasus was a 4-week-old puppy to a 7-month-old teenager, and the results are beyond heartwarming.
Meinert is a filmmaker in South Africa; he often works with animals to create emotionally engaging pieces. This project in particular is extra special to Meinert’s heart; he wrote, “This record of Pegasus’s life became something very personal as it grew.”
“The Pegasus Project” has captured more attention than Meinert ever imagined. He writes on YouTube that many people have asked him about Pegasus’ condition today and if he still has her. In response he writes:
“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.”
Meinert regularly visits Pegasus and even takes her for short periods when he gets the chance. He is happy knowing that she loves her new home and he feels fortunate he still has her in his life. He adds, “…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.”
“I still don’t know how long she is going to live… but right now is pretty great.”
Photo Credits: davemeinert.com