Jasmine the Rescue Dog: Cared for to Carer

 I am frequently asked some thought-provoking questions. “Do I believe that animals are capable of emotions like we humans?” The answer is yes. Some poignant memories that come to mind in response to that question:Our Great Dane, Tiger’s obvious look of guilt when he ate a whole roast beef I had foolishly left on the counter while I went to greet our dinner guests! And Hungarian Graflo’s jealousy if I did not ride him before his half-brother each morning.  And my cat, Sybil’s, attempt to punish me by 10 minutes of the cold shoulder whenever I returned from a trip longer than a week. And this blog is about the love, and another beautiful cross-species experience.My thanks to my friend, Jane Reed, for passing this story along to me. Feel free to share it with your friends.

In Warwickshire, England, the police  opened a garden shed and found a  whimpering, cowering  dog. The dog had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It  was dirty and malnourished, and had quite clearly been  abused.In an act of kindness, the  police took the dog, which was a female greyhound, to the  Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by a  man named Geoff Grewcock, and known as a 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.

 

  Jasmine, however, had other  ideas. No one quite remembers how it came about, but Jasmine started  welcoming all animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It would not matter  if it were a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting animal.


 Jasmine would just peer into the box or cage and, when and where possible, deliver a welcoming  lick.

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.

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, fifteen  chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and fifteen rabbits –  and one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, eleven 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.”

“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 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.

Pictured from the left are:  “Toby”, a stray Lakeland dog;
Bramble”, orphaned roe deer; “Buster”,  a stray Jack
Russell; a dumped rabbit; “Sky”, an injured barn owl;  and
“Jasmine”, with a mother’s heart doing best what a caring
mother  would do…and such is the order for God’s  creation.

 

Feel free to pass  this on and maybe make someone else’s day a little happier.

© 2013, Linda Tellington-Jones. All rights reserved.

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