Friday, November 30, 2012

Sunny Side Up

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
- Anatole France -

This week’s end of the week smile is an old story, but a very sweet one; it's about a loving greyhound that helped nurse all types of animals back to health.

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Mother Dog Doing What She Does Best

In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had clearly been abused.

The police took the dog, which was a greyhound female, to the nearby Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary known as a willing haven for animals abandoned, orphaned or otherwise in need.

Geoff and the other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims: to restore the dog to full health, and to win her trust. It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were achieved. They named her Jasmine, and they started to think about finding her an adoptive home.

The dog had other ideas. No one remembers now how it began, but Jasmine started welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It didn’t matter if it was a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or any other type of animal; Jasmine would peer into the box or cage and, where possible, deliver a welcoming lick.

Jasmine with one of her rabbit 'babies'.
Geoff relates one of the early incidents. "We had two puppies that had been abandoned by a nearby railway line. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arrived at the centre and Jasmine approached them and grabbed one by the scruff of the neck in her mouth and put him on the settee. Then she fetched the other one and sat down with them, cuddling them."

"But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits. She takes all the stress out of them and it helps them to not only feel close to her but to settle into their new surroundings. She has done the same with the fox and badger cubs, she licks the rabbits and guinea pigs, and even lets the birds perch on the bridge of her nose."

From left to right: Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, an orphaned roe deer;
Buster, a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl, and Jasmine
Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary's resident surrogate mother, a role for which she might have been born. The list of orphaned and abandoned youngsters she has cared for comprises five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits.

And one roe deer fawn.

Tiny Bramble, 11 weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a field. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, Jasmine cuddled up to her to keep her warm, and then went into the full foster mum role. Jasmine the greyhound showers Bramble the roe deer with affection and makes sure nothing is matted in her fur.

“They are inseparable”, says Geoff. "Bramble walks between her legs and they keep kissing each other. They walk together round the sanctuary. It's a real treat to see them."


Jasmine and Bramble
Jasmine will continue to care for Bramble until she is old enough to be returned to woodland life. When that happens, Jasmine will not be lonely. She will be too busy showering love and affection on the next orphan or victim of abuse.



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A super weekend, to all!

18 comments:

  1. What a sweetie! I love stories like this. Jasmine and Bramble look so cute together. My friends had a big cat called Dennis and he was very motherly and caring towards any new kittens their other cat produced. They then found out that Dennis was actually a Denise!

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    1. Isn't this just the best. I also love stories like this.

      Hahaha...love the story with Dennis...er...Denise!

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  2. Hmmm... one day, maybe the lion will lie down with the lamb! What an incredible dog Jasmine is. I love that 'family' shot, with Sky, the owl, perched up on her back! Have a great weekend, Martha.

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    1. I know. It is an amazing picture. Just beautiful. I melt with heartwarming animal stories!

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  3. What a heart-warming story for a cold November morning! Thanks!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed! We need these stories during our cold Canadian winter days1

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  4. That is way cool. Thanks for a great Sunny Side Up! :)

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  5. That.was.the.sweetest.story.ever.
    What a doll she is:)

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  6. Oh Martha,
    You find the sweetest, most interesting things. What a great story!
    Thank you!

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    1. And you know that I will share them with you all the time!

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  7. So cute! I'm going to show this to my wife she's going to "Awwwww" for sure.

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  8. Wonderful story. I tell you a person who doesn't love a dog is missing a lot and a person who hurts a dog, well there has to be a special place in hell for them. Thanks, martha! Love, love this!!!

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    1. I agree completely, Francie. I don't know how anyone can hurt a dog, or any animal for that matter. There certainly is a special place for them in hell.

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  9. it is true, isn't? until one has loved an animal there is no owrds to describe what they do for us... it is a love like no other, that asks for nothing and gives back so much. I could never abandon my puppies. I would live on the streets with them, but would never let go of them. Jasmine shows that in spite of all heart ache, they still love.

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    1. Jasmine is a very special soul. Animals don't hold grudges. They forgive and forget, and move on. If only people were like that.

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