TRUE COLOURS RED & WHITE TOGETHER
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 3 days old, Dillie now knows how to turn the lights on and off and how to take ice from the dispenser in the fridge door. "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 realized that she couldn't go back to the farm and live with other deer and she couldn't live with our horses because they scared her too much."
Dr. Melanie Butera and her husband Steve Heathman share their bed in their home in canal Fulton, OH, with Dillie and Lady.
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 laid on them." Finally 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 favorite is ice cream and coffee, topped with frozen ice shavings.