Jasmine the Greyhound....
A GREYHOUND NAMED JASMINE
There are many great greyhound stories and this one came
to us by email. This dog story was so heart-warming we just
had to share it with our readers.
In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England, opened a garden
shed and found an abandoned dog. The dog had been locked in
the shed and abandoned. It was dirty, malnourished and had
quite clearly been abused.
In an act of kindness the police took the dog, which was a
female greyhound, to the nearby Warwickshire Wildlife
Sanctuary, which is run by a man named Geoff and known as a
haven for animals abandoned, orphaned or otherwise in need.
Geoff and other sanctuary staff went to work with two aims.
Restore the greyhound to full health, and to win her trust.
It took several weeks, but eventually both goals were
achieved. They named the greyhound Jasmine and 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 was a
puppy, fox cub, rabbit or any other lost, abandoned or
injured 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 at a nearby railway line. One was a
Lakeland Terrier cross and another was a Jack Russell cross.
They were tiny when they arrived at the Sanctuary and
Jasmine approached them, 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.
She is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits.
Jasmine 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 greyhound 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 5 fox cubs,
4 badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, 2 stray puppies
and 15 rabbits and one roe deer fawn. The tiny deer named
Bramble, eleven weeks old, was found semi-conscious in a
field. On 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. "They are inseparable," says Geoff, "Bramble
walks between her legs, and they keep kissing each other.
They walk together around the sanctuary. It is 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 animal or victim of
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