Pup has raised $30,000 for special-needs animal shelters.
Piglet was born deaf and blind in Georgia with 37 other puppies in a hoarding situation, People.com reports.
A dachshund-Chihuahua mix, he was rescued and sent to a shelter, then adopted by Melissa Shapiro, a Connecticut veterinarian.
She never intended to become his full-time mom, but after two months with Piglet, Melissa couldn’t bear to part with him.
Through social media, Piglet’s story found its way to a third-grade classroom in Massachusetts, where a teacher used Piglet as a model for positive growth mindset, a program that promotes the idea that struggles like Piglet’s can lead to growth.
“She called it Piglet Mindset,” Melissa explains, “and we corresponded throughout the year. At the end of the year, we surprised the kids. They thought we were going to FaceTime, and we walked in with Piggy in his stroller and three of my other dogs, and everyone was crying.”
Melissa now has an official Piglet Mindset Outreach program to teach children how to face challenges.