Compelling Video Chronicles Dog’s Uncertain Life

“The Pegasus Project” shows via time-lapse how one Great Dane is facing down her physical challenges with the help of a loving owner.

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The Pegasus Project time-lapse film.

If there ever was a puppy miracle, this is it.

It took shape when Dave Meinert — a director/filmmaker living in South Africa — rescued 4-week-old Pegasus from a backyard breeder. Most of the Great Dane’s siblings died at birth or were deformed, and Pegasus herself is a “double-merle.” The condition, which refers to a severe lack of pigment, often also causes pups to be born deaf and/or blind… if they live at all.

Unsure of his new “girl’s” lot in life, Meinert took a leap of love and optimism.

“I decided to record every day we had left,” he says in the video.

Owner Dave Meinert has some fun with Pegasus. Via YouTube.

Owner Dave Meinert has some fun with Pegasus. Via YouTube

Unsure of how long she’d live, Meinert began documenting Pegasus’ journey through life. The result is an emotional, visual tale spanning seven months that places the pup on a treadmill — with her owner at first — learning to walk, play and embrace the canine life. The time-lapse creation is sure to make you smile, feel good and get your week off to a great start.

You’ve been prepared… get the Kleenex.

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  • It’s amazing video and shows what love can do. Bravo.

    Starr Goode June 24, 2015 1:38 am Reply
    • I agree! Love is powerful and when shared can save. God is love. He first loved us that we would in turn know how to love. Real love that is ! Unconditional love ! Devoted love like Pegasus has received . The kind of love that every furbaby deserves ! Adopt don’t shop ! Save a life and share your love.

      Lori June 24, 2015 2:59 am Reply
  • There are so many dogs in shelters that need homes. I wish breeders would just stop! Pegasus is a beautiful girl. I’m so glad she is with someone that loves her and will care for her. I pray that she will be ok.

    Diane Pease June 24, 2015 2:07 am Reply
    • I agree ! Why breed when there are so many that are in shelters that need homes. Breeders do not have compassion only greed !

      Lori June 24, 2015 2:44 am Reply
      • It’s all about greed to breeders……..I hope Pegasus lives a long & healthful life with the person that loves him…

        Morton June 24, 2015 10:21 am Reply
    • Because without REPUTABLE breeders there would be no purebred dogs.

      Reputable breeders DO NOT include backyard careless ones like the one that created this dog. It does not include puppy mills. It only includes people who breed for the betterment of the breed. It is not a money making proposition. If a person is breeding dogs for financial gain, they are almost certainly NOT a reputable breeder. That is not their motivation.

      Jo June 24, 2015 10:40 am Reply
      • So unfortunate that this is too few and far between. Volunteering in the rescue community, what I see is just absolutely abhorrent from people who are licensed “breeders” claiming to do good. Just wish there were better – ok, more harsh – regulation in place.

        Lynne June 24, 2015 11:52 pm Reply
    • What a wonderful story!!So uplifting to see what the power of love can do.God bless them both.

      animal lover June 24, 2015 4:29 pm Reply
  • Dear Heavenly Father, please bless Pegasus and her very loving pet parent. She is receiving the love, care, attention, affection, protection and respect she so richly deserve, I ask that you, Lord, also give her a long, healthy and happy life. Amen xo xo xo xo xo xo

    Wendye L Kolles June 24, 2015 3:03 am Reply
  • I was so ‘touched’ while watching this video! Despite how much time Pegasus has, she looks so happy and very loved! Thanks Dave, for giving her a chance!! I wish her a long life with you!!

    Mittzie June 24, 2015 4:16 am Reply
  • What a great job you are doing! I know you love her and I hope she lives a long doggie life.

    Roberta June 24, 2015 4:17 am Reply
  • Thank you for rescuing that beautiful dog and loving her. You are both beautiful.

    Kat June 24, 2015 4:31 am Reply
  • Awe! I wish her well. Yes, hobby and money grabbing people should not breed, but remember there are a whole lot of very good, careful ones out there that are working hard to better their breeds. Also remember breeds are bred with standards that include certain colors and standards that are to be followed for reasons like this and the buyers who continue to buy the “unique” colors are helping to cause these problems. As well as the ” designer” mixes idiots continue to pay big bucks for that are just mix breeds they could already get from a shelter. As a 30 year vet tech, believe me , I have seen it all.

    Kim June 24, 2015 4:46 am Reply
  • In a world where barbaric beasts celebrate killing of innocent, lovable furbabies I feel nothing but respect and love for this man.

    Min F. June 24, 2015 5:24 am Reply
  • What a beautiful man Dave is! So glad they have found each other.

    Alison June 24, 2015 5:31 am Reply
  • What a wonderful chronicle this man has made to a dog he loves. With any luck she will live a long time and have a quality life. I am sick of breeders and their greed. I believe only select groups – monitored by human agencies- should be allowed to breed at all. When will people stop getting paid for hurting man’s best friend.

    Anita B June 24, 2015 5:37 am Reply
  • I’m glad Pegasus was rescued from the backyard breeder. I’m sorry her siblings all died because of the greed and selfishness of this person. But Mr Meinert is giving her a beautiful life and I hope he and she will be together for quite a long time. She’s a gorgeous girl and very very very lucky.

    Joan Cootes June 24, 2015 5:42 am Reply
    • The exitsepre shines through. Thanks for taking the time to answer.

      Mina April 14, 2016 2:22 am Reply
  • the puppy is a blessing and the owner may be proof that the human race is not a virus and that we should be exterminated like in space odyssey 2001 and H.A.L. 🙂

    mike June 24, 2015 5:43 am Reply
  • Glad she was rescued and found such an amazing family. BUT Breeders are just Not good!!

    Maria Procaccino June 24, 2015 6:25 am Reply
  • Way to go!

    Susan June 24, 2015 6:49 am Reply
  • I’d like to shoot all breeders!! To make money out of animals is wicked and immoral. Pegasus is so beautiful; I hope she has a normal, long, happy life which is what she, and all animals, deserve.

    naomi June 24, 2015 7:47 am Reply
    • We have always owned collies. I have tried to adopt and found that only mixed breeds were available in my state.
      We tried to adopt several 100% collies, released by owners who could/would no longer care for them, and who were located outside of our state, I was told by each facility (begging people to adopt as they were “full to overflowing”) that we were not allowed to adopt and bring a dog back to NY. I turned to a reputable breed this time and now how two beautiful girls to love. You may not understand this but some people simply love the characteristics of a particular breed and want THAT breed. The fact that we have many homeless dogs in shelters is due in part to lack of spay/neuter by owners, irresponsible backyard breeders who do not breed to elevate the standards of that breed, and idiots such as we encountered who would not release dogs for adoption simply because we happened to live in a different state.

      Samantha June 24, 2015 1:44 pm Reply
      • That adesersds several of my concerns actually.

        Rock April 13, 2016 10:02 pm Reply
  • Very touching. I have two Grt Danes. All my previous Danes were rescues. For me it’s “til death do we part”. Once they come to me, they are set for their life. I work with a Dane rescue. All dogs are great. I too wish the breeders would just stop until all dogs (and cats; horses) have homes! Bravo to that wonderful man!

    julia June 24, 2015 7:53 am Reply
  • I hope she has a long and wonderful life like she deserves. .

    Amanda June 24, 2015 7:56 am Reply
  • PEGASUS is REMARKABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And so is Meinert for trying to save his dog and spend time with her. They make a wonderful pair and it shows how much LOVE and CARE they have for each other.

    Rebecca Britt June 24, 2015 8:34 am Reply
  • thank you Dave for being there to rescue this miracle!

    andi June 24, 2015 9:28 am Reply
  • OMG. I’m crying my eyes out, this was so beautiful!! What a fantastic guy to rescue and care so deeply for Pegasus. That breeder should be OUT of business (along with many others!). Thanks for sharing this wonderful video!

    LeeAnn June 24, 2015 9:55 am Reply
  • Back yard breeders. Dangerous, greedy and stupid.
    I hope this was a one time accident that will not be repeated. Too many puppies lost.
    Love you Pegasus.

    Lesley Turnbull June 24, 2015 10:23 am Reply
  • Thank you, Dave for rescuing Pegasus and giving her so much love! She’s a great, beautiful girl! Wishing you both a long and happy life together.

    Debbie Zarr June 24, 2015 11:01 am Reply
  • I’d like to thank you, Dave Meinert, for loving, and believing in Pegasus enough to work with her and bring her to the point she is in the video. It most certainly is true that LOVE can conquer most everything along the pathway of life. Pegasus, I wish you a long, healthy, happy life with your family. God’s continued blessings to you. There should be more Dave Meinert’s in this old world!!!

    Judy June 24, 2015 11:08 am Reply
  • These breeders should be prosecuted! And we need to better educate buyers to NOT BUY from these illegal, ignorant, greedy breeders. The laws need to be stronger

    marleen davis June 24, 2015 11:32 am Reply
  • Fantastic story. Pegasus is gorgeous and her “dad” is an incredible man I hope they have a long and happy life together!!

    alice June 24, 2015 11:52 am Reply
    • What I find so inttieserng is you could never find this anywhere else.

      Isabella April 14, 2016 12:23 am Reply
  • What a beautiful video…thanks so much for sharing. The love you have for each other shines through in the video. Forty years ago, I got a beautiful, 8 w/o, fawn-colored Great Dane who was the love of my life. Baron lived inside, slept with me…I even pulled his baby teeth. I lost him when he was only 7 y/o due to degenerative back and hind-legs arthritis. I’ve never gotten another dog, but now do rescue of kittens/cats. I have 5 (strictly indoor) feline furbabies that I rescued over the past 8 years. I can’t imagine my life without my girls. God bless your for saving this beautiful, incredible, loving Great Dane. I pray Pegasus lives much longer than the diagnosis predicts; LOVE IS POWERFUL!

    Sharon June 24, 2015 12:25 pm Reply
  • Dave, You are a wonderful man , I wish more people would follow your example and take in a needy animal for the rest of thier life. Give them the Love and Support that they need. God Bless You!

    Pat Duncan June 24, 2015 1:27 pm Reply
  • Beautiful Pegasus, beautiful Dave Meinert!

    Gail Gary June 24, 2015 1:53 pm Reply
  • Awwwww……SO sweet. Enjoy that great dog. I hope you will have a long time with that sweetie!

    MiMero228 June 24, 2015 2:00 pm Reply
  • Hi and bless you for rescuing her. About 10 years ago I rescued an Aussie pup born with the double merle gene. She was born albino and completely deaf. Within the first year she got some color in. That did not slow my Clementine down. At first she shadowed and literally laid upon her “brother” Catfish. We live in the woods so he showed her the ropes including teaching her to swim. Whenever I could not find her I would ask Catfish to get his sissie. He always brought her home. The main issue with her condition was the severe itching but I kept her as comfortable as possible for 9 years. She was so funny and I miss her daily. You never know the joy these special rescues can bring.

    Anita Garrison June 24, 2015 2:27 pm Reply
  • People who breed dogs do so deliberately so they don’t have to get up off their butts and get a REAL job! The animals are exploited and everyone pays for the backyard breeder’s laziness, lack of knowledge, and “don’t care” attitude.

    Guest100 June 24, 2015 3:02 pm Reply
  • BEAUTIFUL!!!!?

    Julie June 24, 2015 3:05 pm Reply
  • pegasus may be the one who makes it. but whatever time she has, she will have known love.
    it’s all that counts.

    I hope the BYB is monitored carefully and not allowed to have or breed dogs.
    there are enough dogs in the world.


    Susan Hayek-Kent June 24, 2015 3:30 pm Reply
  • An extraordinary example of love and compassion, faith and hope in a shared spirit. May both your lives be long and loving. Bless you Pegasus and daddy too.

    miracle the kelly June 24, 2015 4:48 pm Reply
  • How remarkable!! I wish both love and happiness for however long that may be. im glad there are still people out there like this man!!

    Wendy June 24, 2015 6:42 pm Reply
  • Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwww……….
    & EVER & EVER, & THEN SOME!!!!!!!!!
    Another day to put on my “Bite a Breeder!”
    T-shirt & hug my 7 rescued dogpuppies` necks!!! The 2 older ones are a Shih-Tsu & a Chiweenie that were LITERALLY thrown out of cars in the middle of a busy street.
    God sent them straight into our hands & our hearts, & we are FOREVER GRATEFUL!!!!!

    Elizabeth Snyder~Baldonado June 24, 2015 10:06 pm Reply

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