“Though Dillie cannot leave our five-acre property, she has touched people around the
world. Her reach is a miracle of modern communications, but it is also a miracle of love.
This blind rescued deer has had an impact that continues to ripple throughout the
world... Love and providence are the foundations of Dillie's life. As I marveled at all that
had come to me because of Dillie, I began to see that in saving her life, I had saved my
Melanie Butera, DILLIE THE DEER
DILLIE THE DEER:
A True Story of Love, Healing, and Family
By Melanie Butera, DVM
Sometimes, we are touched in ways we never would have expected. For veterinarian Melanie Butera, it
was not one of the thousands of dogs or cats she had treated over the years that changed her life—it was
a blind, dying fawn.
Melanie Butera’s memoir DILLIE THE DEER: A Story of Love, Healing, and Family (Regan Arts,
Hardcover, October 2015) is the remarkable true story of how one tiny fawn inspired people
everywhere—from South Korea to the International Space Station. Even more than twenty years of
emergency veterinary experience could not prepare Melanie for the day that a farmer brought Dillie to
her clinic. From a rambunctious fawn to an Internet sensation, Dillie was an endless source of joy for
Melanie and her husband, Steve. But when Melanie was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer, they realized
the real reason Dillie was put in their life: to provide the love and support that would give Melanie the
courage to fight.
DILLIE THE DEER gives readers a personal look into Dillie’s likes, dislikes, inspirational courage,
and delightful adventures, including:
• How she learned to climb the stairs, open cabinets, play the piano, and work the ice
• Why linguine is her favorite food.
• The epic battle of tag between Dillie and arch-nemesis, Steve’s grandson Akheem.
DILLIE THE DEER HAS TOUCHED THE LIVES OF
PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. NOW, HERE IS HER
UNFORGETTABLE STORY.• Her heartwarming relationships with her two best friends, Lady the standard poodle and
Niffie the cat.
• The creation of the Dillie Cam: a 24/7 live streaming camera where fans can watch Dillie
in her room.
DILLIE THE DEER is the perfect book for those who believe in the unique connection between
animals and humans and for everyone who believes in the power of the human spirit.
“I am fighting cancer again, but with confidence this time. No matter what the disease
does to me, it cannot erase the impact of my life. It cannot reverse the work I have done,
or end the friendships I have made. It cannot end the love I share with my husband. It
cannot erase the smiles I have seen on children’s faces when they meet Dillie. It cannot
remove the cherished memories I have of all the wonderful Dillie fans who reach out to
us from around the world, sending us love and prayers. I will continue on my journey
without fear, with the peace of knowing that my path is lit by love, joy, and a deer named
Melanie Butera, DVM, is a veterinarian with more than twenty years of emergency experience. She has
owned the Elm Ridge Animal Hospital for the past ten years and the Stark County Veterinary
Emergency Clinic before that. She has treated more than 100,000 emergency cases in her career and
now enjoys the different challenges of private practice work. Dr. Butera and her husband, Steve
Heathman, live in Canal Fulton, Ohio.
Check out Dillie’s website:
A portion of the proceeds from the
sale of this book is donated to
Dillie’s charity for UNICEF and
local animal rescue charities.
DILLIE THE DEER: A STORY OF LOVE, HEALING, AND FAMILY
By Melanie Butera, DVM
Publication date: October 27, 2015 | Price: $24.95 | ISBN: 9781942872108
Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Aviron, Anthem Productions and Paul Schiff Productions present a PG, 118 minute, Biography, Sport, Drama, directed and written by Angelo Pizzo with a theater release date of November 13, 2015.
Fox Searchlight Pictures and Indian Paintbrush present a PG-13, 105 minute, Drama, Comedy, directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, novel and screenplay by Jesse Andrews with a theater release date of June 12, 2015.
ASIG Productions, Castle Rock Entertainment, Foresight Productions, Envision Entertainment and Clarius Entertainment present a 94 minute, PG-13, Romance, Drama, Comedy, directed by Rob Reiner and written by Mark Andrus with a theater release date of July 25, 2014.
Twentieth Century Fox, Fox 2000 Pictures and Temple Hill Entertainment present a PG-13, 125 minute, Romance, Drama, directed by Josh Boone, written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, book by John Green with a theater release date of June 6, 2014.
Universal Pictures, Blackmaled Productions and Sean Daniel Company present an R Rated, comedy, drama, directed and written by Malcolm D. Lee with a theater release date of November 15, 2013.
PR firms are all about promoting their clients, but today, they’re helping one of their own. When local resident and publicist, Tana Johnson’s 3 year daughter Teeja was diagnosed with an incredibly aggressive and malignant form of cancer she was terrified. In one day this seemingly normal Sarasota family’s world had been turned upside down.
Tana quickly went from being just an employee to a client. This team of media gurus came up with a plan on how to help support this family who now travels from Sarasota to New York City every month to undergo aggressive cancer treatment at one of the nation’s top Neuroblastoma hospitals. This treatment has been happening for a year and will continue to happen for the next two. The firm decided to do something it had never done before. The firm’s VP reached out to its entire client base and asked for help in a silent auction where 100% of the proceeds would go to the Johnson family.
"Within moments of hitting send on the email asking clients to just simply consider helping this family, we were getting responses like 'Yes! Count us in!' 'Of course, anything you need. How many would you like?’ It was just incredible," added the firm’s VP. "I was getting choked up sitting in my office." The auction started yesterday and will run through this coming Monday. The items being auctioned off with starting bids at just $8.00 range from things like gourmet rotisserie ovens, all the way to beautiful pieces of jewelry, to baby and pet products and everything in-between. We don’t want press for our PR firm. We are really trying to get the word out about the auction though so as many people as possible can enter bids. With the holidays right around the corner, this auction is a perfect way to “stock” up on gifts and feel good at the same time knowing 100% of the proceeds are going to help a local little girl battling a disease she’s determined to win! Here’s a link to the silent auction: http://www.32auctions.com/bigheartsforlittleteeja
Dear Dog Lover,
You may not know us, but we know your dog. We are Morris Animal Foundation—the place where science meets hope. Whether big, small, spotted or fluffy, dogs inspire us. Because of this, we believe they deserve the best in veterinary medicine. That’s why we fund science that will make the world a brighter place for dogs and those who care about them—and we’ve been doing so since 1948.
Our loyal supporters believe in us because they want to make a difference. They believe in our ultimate vision of a world in which animals—dogs, cats, horses and wildlife—are healthy and experience high-quality of lives. As we work to provide a brighter tomorrow for animals, we encourage you to learn about Betsy, a beautiful Labrador Retriever, who died too soon.
Betsy’s story is like that of so many. She loved the outdoors. She often joined her owner Jay Clark on adventures, including backpacking trips, and was by his side when he would do yard work. But five months ago Betsy’s life was claimed by canine cancer, a disease that no family is ever prepared for. Click here to read Betsy’s full story.
This disease is one that touches many of us—that is why Betsy’s forever companions, Stacy and Jay Clark and so many others are taking a stand against canine cancer by participating in an upcoming K9 Cancer Walk, an event that celebrates dogs and raises money to give scientists the tools they need to find a cure for canine cancer.
You can help, too! Check out a list of our upcoming K9 Cancer Walks and see how you can make a difference.
For additional information or to register, visit www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org.
Beefy the Bulldog, a skateboarding English Bulldog has joined forces with B4BC (Boarding for Breast Cancer), to help the organization promote early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. Beefy the Bulldog will skateboard at B4BC events, Music festivals, Pet Expos and skate parks in major cities across the US to raise money for breast cancer awareness, especially amongst girls in their teens and 20's.
The cause is dear to Beefy’s heart. Beefy's Mom, Erin, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 25, and they have worked together to raise close to $20,000 for breast cancer causes. Beefy wants to put his popularity to use by creating fun family events around the country to encourage the nation to 'Be Healthy. Get Active. Skate!'
Beefy’s goal is raise $10,000 to begin a nationwide tour to promote early detection and educate women in their teens and 20s about breast cancer. Beefy's journey will be created into a documentary to share with all of his fans and increase breast cancer awareness. For more information about Beefy or how you can get involved, go to http://www.indiegogo.com/Beefy-Skates-The-Nation.
About Beefy the Bulldog
Beefy is a five year old English Bulldog who spreads laughter and smiles on the streets of New York City daily as he skateboards by. He has been skateboarding since he was 4 months old. He was recently featured on the hit summer reality show "Dogs in the City" on CBS, and his cute face has been used for Jimmy Choo and Clarks Shoes ads. Beefy is sponsored by Blue Sky Longboard. Follow Beefy’s adventures on is Facebook Page, “Beefy the Bulldog”. http://beefythebulldog.com/
B4BC (Boarding for Breast Cancer) is a 501(c)(3) youth-focused non-profit foundation that advocates early detection + a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means of breast cancer prevention. Since 1996, B4BC has been dedicated to providing education, prevention and support programs rooted in board sports culture, including To learn more about B4BC, visit www.B4BC.org.
RALEIGH, N.C. (April 30, 2012) – Fifty percent of dogs aged 10 years or older develop cancer at some point during their lives. To help dog owners better understand the treatment options, cutting-edge research and ways to support canine cancer research, the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) today launches a public awareness and fundraising campaign to kick off Pet Cancer Awareness Month, May 1-31, 2012.
“Cancer affects all dogs,” said Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer. “Canine cancer research is a major funding priority of our parent clubs and individual supporters. As stewards of their contributions, we make sure that cancer research continues to be a major component of our research portfolio.”
CHF is the most highly regarded organization funding sound, scientific research exclusively for dogs. Since 1995 CHF has funded nearly $8.3 million in canine cancer research. This research has provided breakthroughs in treatment options and diagnosis and has helped scientists study cancer at the cellular level, allowing veterinarians to diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively. CHF-funded research has a broad impact, extending beyond dogs to having application to human cancer diagnosis and treatment.
The public awareness and fundraising campaign runs through the month of May and uses social media and online outreach, podcasts and website features to promote not only CHF-funded research, but information on different types of canine cancer, care for dogs with cancer and other cancer-related health resources. The podcasts release schedule and topics are:
· Thursday, April 26: CHF Cancer Research, with Dr. Shila Nordone, CHF Chief Scientific Officer
· Thursday, May 3: Cancer Research Infrastructure, with Dr. Bruce Smith, Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine
· Thursday, May 17: Hemangiocarcinoma Research, with Dr. Jaime Modiano, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
· Thursday, May 31: Osteosarcoma Research, with Dr. Kerstin Lindblad-Toh, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University
Dog owners and dog lovers are encouraged to take part in the Foundation’s goal to help raise funds for canine health research through two special honor and memorial gift programs. The Celebration Wall is a special online photo gallery in memory of much loved dogs. This memorial is a fitting tribute for dogs that have died from cancer or another disease. For more information about the Celebration Wall, visit www.akcchf.org/celebrationwall.
Heroes for Health Research pages are custom-built personal donation webpages. Pages can be created for any canine hero – whether it is a dog battling cancer or a dog that has been a great companion. Participants are encouraged to invite family and friends to donate to their page. For more information about Hero for Health Research, visit www.akcchf.org/heropages.
Contributions raised through the Celebration Wall and Hero for Health Research will help CHF advance the health of all dogs by funding sound, scientific research to prevent, treat and cure canine disease.
For more information about Pet Cancer Awareness Month, visit .
To make contributions directly for canine health research, visit the CHF website at www.akcchf.org and click on the “Donate Today” button or text “dog” to 20222 to make a $5 donation.
To keep up-to-date on podcast releases, articles, and facts during Pet Cancer Awareness Month, like CHF at www.facebook.com/akccaninehealthfoundation or follow CHF on Twitter at @CanineHealthFnd.
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The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Pfizer Animal Health, dog clubs and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $33.2 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at www.akcchf.org for more information.