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Friday, February 5, 2010


I got this in an email from Kelly at our vets office - it is such a sweet story with a happy ending. I am sure a few of you have seen it but it is too cute not to post again!

A True Story.

In 2003, police in Warwickshire , England , 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 of God's Creation.


Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

We had heard of this before, but its lovely to read the full story again. Thanks for posting it!

Anonymous said...

What an absolutely sweet post! Jasmine is a true heroine! BTW...mom wants to know when the contest deadline is for the NKC?

Ginger Jasper said...

That is a beautuful story. I had heard it before but it was so worth a second read. Just lovely.. Thanks GJ xx

The Creek Cats said...

What a sweet and awesome story! The last picture is so amazing!!

Glogirly and Katie said...

What an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

Happy Super Bowl Weekend!
(Glogirly's cat)

JC said...

That is simply amazing !!!

Wanderingcatstudio said...

Great story!

kissa-bull said...

oh my dog
our mommish eyes are leaking of happiness
that story was bewootiful and we had never read it before
thank you so much for sharing it wiff ush and just know you made our day =)
pibble sugars
the houston pittie pack
their is and award waiting for you in our bloggy

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

OK westopped snowing at the cozy cottage...thank you for the tip.
Oh just look at this precious angel sent from heaven to help poor lost animalbeans feel loved! The most heart warming story we have read all week!
Love the cozy cottageXOXOXOXOXO

Four Dinners said...

I followed this story at the time.

We are the only animals on this planet that kill for anything but food.

We are the only animals on this planet who are cruel.

I'm starting to think we're more like a bloody virus than a life form.

Great story. Nice and feelgood.

Thank you for that x

ps...Maximus Spittimus could not reply as he is currently writing his new post. He sends his best reagrds...

Jacqueline said...

I've heard of this before, but it is such a heartwarming, lovely story...Jasmine is remarkable!...purrs...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Tigger, Munchkin, Jigsaw and Patches said...

Oh, yes, we haz seen dis before, but it is too good to not read again. We wishes der were more happy endings like dis! Fanks you fur sharin it again.

And we wants to fank you fur stoppin by our bloggie an your nice comments and good wishes. It is sure appurrciated. Der are so many nice beans here on da CB.

As far as the hair-tie stretchy thingee goes, you are rite--mom no lets us haff it. We tries to steal it out of her drawer when she's not lookin, but mostly, she's too quick and snatches it rite owt frum under our noses! Meowf!

Angel and Kirby said...

We had never heard this before. Thanks for sharing/

Pierro said...

I love this. Gramma sent us this a few days ago and I sat on mom's lap and said awwwww a whole bunch of times
Jasmine is a good doggie

Happy week-end to all of you

Cindy said...

How precious the pictures are! Great story.

Noll's Nip said...

Lovely story, thanks for posting.

caspersmom said...

I got an email on this story also. Jasmine knew what it was like to be abandoned so she knew how to treat any other animal abandoned even though it wasn't her species. Very smart dog. So Precious.

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Thanks for a happy ending to a very full week! That story was a smile maker!

CCL Wendy said...

What a lovely spirit Jasmine has! And how fortunate that she was rescued so she could pass on all that love! Great story. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Oh What a lovely story. Jasmine is really a special dog.

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

What a beautiful woofy.

BeadedTail said...

Such a sweet story! Thanks for sharing!

Sagira said...

Oh my gosh, what a touching story. Jasmine has a heart of gold.

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


Big AHHHHHHHHHH's khoming from here!


Bruce said...

This is the BEST story I have read in a very long time! Thank you so much for sharing it with us and thank you Jasmine for being such an incredible dog!
your pal,

Anonymous said...

it just makes fostering all worth it! knowing that there is such reward for not only us but the animals as well!

Queen Bailee said...

I just love that story. Any chance I can feature it on Queen Bailies views?
Can't use more than one picture but I know my readers will love it.

Cliff and Olivia said...

Thanks for sharing. What a great story. We'd heard that greyhounds were special. But wow!