"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened."
- Anatole France -
- 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.
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'.|
"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
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|
A super weekend, to all!