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Dillie the Deer

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.

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.'

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.'

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.

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

You can see my on your Iphone now, too ! Upload the Iphone App " My webcam" and look for the "DillieCam" on the Live List.
For home video: Try my Flip channel. Log in with [email protected], and use the password "dilliecam"
Dillie was 0n Fox News 8 Cleveland, Feb 9 See the clip !

Welcome to the home of Dillie the Deer !

Hi, my name is Dillie and I am a farm-born White Tail Deer that was born blind, but have become an international media sensation because I live in a house and have a whole family of people and other animals that take care of me night and day. I do have my own bedroom, and if I am in there right now you can see me on the Dillie Cam. When I am not lounging in bed, I am out eating my hay, playing in the yard, swimming in the pool, or getting into things I am not supposed to. I am the mascot of Elm Ridge Animal Hospital in Canal Fulton, Ohio. Write me: I love mail, especially with a little sprinkle of salt. See me on Facebook! Thanks for stopping by !

Recent events;
5/3/2010: Visit from Dr. Cheryl Red and her patients, children with visual disability.

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