A Heartwarming Story of Animal Relationships

A picture of loveRelationship World is obviously all about relationships – and this also includes animal relationships of all kinds.  So here is a heartwarming story that was forwarded to me by a friend about an amazing animal relationship. I think it must have done the rounds some time ago. I don’t know the  origin of this story but I was so taken with it that I thought you would like to see it too.

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.

A loving mothering greyhoundJasmine, 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.

Greyhound and fox

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.”

Greyhound an rabbit

Jasmine, the timid, abused, deserted waif, became the animal sanctuary’s resident surrogate mother, a role for to 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.

Greyhound and baby deer

“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.”

A picture of love

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.

A happy familyAnd, just in case you wondered, Snopes.com has verified the truth of this wonderful story and the reality of these photographs which accompany the story – so you can pass this story on, and help to make someone else’s day just a little brighter!

10 Replies to “A Heartwarming Story of Animal Relationships”

  1. I’m glad you like it! We are inclined to forget that we need to consider our relationships with animals too.

  2. I live in Australia and this was sent to me by my daughter in Canada.What a lovely story I will pass it to family in UK, and friends here in Australia,many thanks Margaret x x x

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  4. What a wonderful story – in spite of the hurt and the fear this beautiful animal has more “humanity” than a lot of humans.

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  6. First off I want to say fantastic blog! I had a quick
    question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your head
    before writing. I have had a tough time clearing my mind in
    getting my thoughts out. I truly do enjoy writing but it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are
    usually lost simply just trying to figure
    out how to begin. Any suggestions or tips? Kudos!

  7. Hi Clifton
    We all get writer’s block at times but I find that if you really like your subject and have a broad interest in the theme, it helps a lot. For example in this blog I write about many different kinds of relationships – family, nature animals etc. There is always something fascinating and often inspiring to write about in these areas.

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