Claim:   Photographs show a fawn that entered a home through a doggie door and made itself at home on the couch.


Example:   [Collected via e-mail, August 2008]

A fawn followed this beagle home — right through the doggie door — in the Bittinger, MD area. The owner came home to find the visitor had made himself right at home. This hit the 6 o’clock news big time.

Sure beats out the political news for a change.


Origins:   These images of a fawn that supposedly entered a Maryland home through a pet door and made itself at home on the couch along with the family dog began circulating on the Internet in August 2008 after appearing as the July 2008 “photo of the month” in the Deep Creek Times, an online publication based in western Maryland, where they were captioned as follows:

The owner of this beagle came home to find that someone had followed him home — right through the doggie door.

The end of the story: The local Department of Natural Resources told the beagle owner to put the fawn outside and block the doggie door so he couldn’t return. He took the fawn to the edge of the woods where he believes he might have met the dog. Upon return a little later, the fawn was gone. We can only hope he was reunited with his mother!

We don’t know the specific origins of these pictures, but it’s quite possible they’re real photos depicting a staged scene with a tame deer rather than capturing a wild fawn that just happened to make its way into a house through a pet door and then decided to curl up on a couch alongside a beagle.

Last updated:   29 January 2014