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Pegasus Project – Time-Lapse Documenting the Growth of a Sick Rescue Puppy

By Hanssie on May 12th 2015

South African filmmaker Dave Meinert rescued Pegasus, a Great Dane, from a backyard puppy mill when she was just four weeks old. Most of her siblings had died or were deformed, and Pegasus was born with a severe lack of pigment, known as a ‘double-merle.’ Dave was told that if she lived, there was a good chance she could become both blind and deaf.


Dave decided to take a photograph of Pegasus every day, documenting her growing up, not knowing how long she would live, but celebrating each day that she did. The resulting time-lapse is the first 7 months – and hopefully the start of many, many, many more – for the little giant puppy. In an interview for Fastco, Meinert said,

Rescuing her was a way for me to be sure she’d be looked after. For me, she had already been born—nothing was going to change that. By rescuing her, at least I could be certain that she wouldn’t be discarded.

Dave set up his camera facing a treadmill, placed lighting above to remain consistent even through the seasons and enlisted an animal behaviorist to work with the dog. Watching baby Pegasus grow before our eyes and knowing her history definitely tugs on the heart strings, even if you aren’t a dog lover (and you guys know I am). Dave still isn’t sure how how much time Pegasus has left due to her condition, but he continues to celebrate each day they have together.


To see more of Dave Meinert’s video, check out his website here.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Dave Haynie


    My wife asked our vet how long our dog Grendel will live… she’s a Golden Retriever who was about 13 at the time, and is currently 15 and a half and still going… she was born the same day as my wife. The doctor said “she’ll live as long as she wants to”. I’m good with that.

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    • Thomas Horton

      ” our dog Grendel …. is currently 15 and a half…. she was born the same day as my wife”

      Your wife is 15 years old?


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    • Dave Haynie

      Same day, not same date. Actually, same day and same month, different years :-)

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  2. Hannes Moser

    i love dogs – anyone who has a great heart for poor dogs – i love these people as well !!!
    thx for sharing this video !

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  3. John Cavan

    What a beautiful dog and friend, resulting in quite a great tribute to them both really. Wonderful idea.

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  4. Michael LaNasa

    This is a great project with an even better reason behind it.

    Seriously, it must be really dusty in my office today. Really dusty.

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  5. Thomas Horton

    Dave, People like you may just make people like me like people. :)

    We need more goodly people doing goodly things.

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    You have a great heart!

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