Despite all that we know about the dangers of breeding dogs to “create” rare or trendy animals, people continue to do so for a profit. Although people pay thousands of dollars for dogs that have a certain eye color or are small enough to put in their purse, they are unaware of the serious health implications that come with selectively breeding animals to look a certain way. More often than not, dogs who have been produced in this way suffer from extreme health issues, but as long as the breeders get paid, they aren’t concerned.
Pegasus, the white Great Dane is sadly an example of this.
Born into a reckless breeding operation, Pegasus was the only one of her siblings to survive puppyhood. The gene that causes Pegasus to be white can also lead to deafness and blindness, but none of this mattered to Dave Meinert, the kind man who rescued her.
Meinert was warned that Pegasus wouldn’t live very long due to the health issues she would likely encounter in life. So, he did what any loving guardian/filmmaker would do and set out to document his beloved pup’s life.
Months later, Pegasus is healthy and happy. Although Meinert doesn’t know how long his best friend will live, he cherishes every second he gets to spend with her in the meantime.
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