Unsure of how long he would have her around, South African filmmaker Dave Meinert decided to document the life of his rescued Great Dane puppy, Pegasus. He was told that due to a pigment deficiency and heartbreaking conditions of the backyard puppy mill from which she came, she was not expected to live long, and could go blind and deaf in the process. He decided to enjoy every day he had with her and show her growth in the process, so he recorded her walking on a treadmill every day for six months. He took all of that footage and compiled it into a breathtaking video of one amazing dog’s journey. The touching timelapse film is entitled “The Pegasus Project.”
In an interview with Fast Company, 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.” Watching the footage, you can see Pegausus grow up right in front of your eyes. Meinert built the set and shot the footage, but he also worked with an animal behaviorist friend who spent many hours working with Pegasus on the treadmill.
The sad truth is that just because Pegasus has grown and looks healthy, it does not guarantee her a long life. Her pigment deficiency could lead to skin cancers and if she is blind or deaf there are numerous implicated dangers to her life. But the fact is she is here now, and Meinert’s video can be a reminder about the importance of rescue.
This is not the first time Meinert has worked with dogs in his filmmaking. In particular, he made a music video for the song “Hearts” by Johnny Neon by strapping a camera to his friend’s dog and having him walk around town for a day. He bills the effort as the first music video shot by a dog.
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