Ohio veterinarian Melanie Butera, husband Steve, Dilly the deer and Lady the Poodle
It all started when Melanie took a call from a local farmer at 3 am one winter night about a fawn that had been rejected by her mother. Just three days old at the time she weighed four pounds.
Melanie and Steve took her into their home and nursed her back to health. When she developed cataracts, they realized that she couldn’t go back to live with the other deer and she was afraid of their horses.
That’s when Lady the Poodle took over. Dilly seemed to think Lady was her mother. She has learned from Lady to be a well behaved house dog deer.
Now after five years, she is fully house trained. She has learned to climb stairs, turn lights on and off, lounge on her owners' bed, turn faucets on and off and take ice from the dispenser in the refrigerator. She eats mostly salads, but her favorite food is ice cream with a little coffee and ice shavings.
[Disclaimer: Melanie is an experienced veterinarian, they live on five securely fenced acres, Dilly wears a GPS collar. Don't try this at home.]