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Jasmine the Greyhound

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This was sent to me by a good friend of mine. I thought I'd share this touching story. Rescuing animals can be very rewarding.

Jasmine the Greyhound
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.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SAVINGHANNAH 3/9/2012 7:03PM

    I, too, am a dog lover, thanks for sharing this heartwarming story.

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LUVMYK9S 1/27/2012 8:04PM

    What an amazing story, thank you for sharing!

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INFLATED 1/27/2012 1:40PM

    This was a wonderful blog!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/27/2012 12:45PM

    Its amazing how animals are so caring and loving after they been nursed back to health.... they are all G*ds creation...... and once someone loves them they pass it on! G*d is so good!Thanks for sharing! susana

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KAYDE53 1/25/2012 11:31PM

    What a heartwarming, beautiful story, and what a sweet dog. I wish humans would take a lesson!! Loved this!! Thanks for sharing!!! emoticon

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RUSTBUCKET1 1/25/2012 10:18PM

    Thank for sharing this story. I heard about Jasmine and can't imagine a more beautiful soul! She is a great example for human-kind. emoticon

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IOEINC 1/25/2012 6:00PM

    What a wonderful heart warming story. Thanks for sharing it. I just love the pictures.

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SARAHTAIT 1/25/2012 4:58PM

    Oh How I love dogs...they are just the greatest animals ever! What a touching story!
Thanks for sharing!

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KRISZTA11 1/25/2012 2:53PM

    Her original owners didn't know what a treasure they had and lost!
It's so good to know that her story came to a happy ending and she helps many other animals feel safe and loved.
Thank you for sharing!

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NEWHEARTSTART 1/25/2012 12:17PM

    What a beautiful story about the heart of a beautiful animal.

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