Posts Tagged ‘dogs’

Best Friends

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

One of the few things remaining that some people are convinced make humans different than other animals is the ability to have preferences or feelings. But, this is becoming more and more difficult to defend as there are numerous first-hand stories that refute this claim. This video from CBS News about an elephant in an elephant sanctuary and her best friend is not only delightful and heartwarming, it defies a variety of beliefs that have been previously held which make humans special. At The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, not only does Carol Buckley rescue elephants who have been abused or need a home after their retirement, she also provides a most generous and thoughtful place for them to live out their lives…including the ability to have options with whom to live. Stories like this one make it easy and even a little bit satisfying to know that there are creatures who openly express a grace and compassion for others that we are capable of expressing as well. Sometimes we just need a good example.

Photo credit CBS

Walking the Dog

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Are you one of those sensitive conservation-minded individuals who goes crazy when they see dogs off lead running through the woods? Feel self-righteous about keeping your dog on her lead and think you are a good conservationist for it? Well, think again. Just when you thought it was safe to walk your dog on a lead pretty much anywhere, scientists at the University of New South Wales discover that walking dogs anywhere in a fairly wild area – even on a lead – can lead to diminished nesting of birds and diminished wildlife biodiversity. We all love dogs, but they are predators, and even when we do our best to keep Rover under control outside, ground nesting birds clear out of the way when there is the presence of dogs around. And even when we are careful about our dog outside, we should at least be aware of the impact our beloved pets have on wild birds. You can check out this article on ENN (Environmental News Network) to see more interesting details on how sensitive some birds are to any animal they consider to be a predator.

 

Photo credit ENN

A Happy Family of Rescues cared for by a Greyhound

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Wait a minute…don’t greyhounds chase rabbits and small animals? Hmmm….someone needs to tell this greyhound that she needs to get with the program. Or…maybe not. She seems to be at peace with her lot in life and happy to share the gentler side of being a greyhound with everyone she comes in contact. Enjoy this wonderful story of a rescued greyhound as it appeared in the Daily Mail Online.

Perfect mum: Jasmine the greyhound with Bramble, the roe deer she is currently caring for

When Jasmine the abandoned greyhound arrived at a wildlife sanctuary shivering and desperate for food, she needed all the love in the world to nurse her back to full health.

Now it appears the kindness and patience shown to her has rubbed off – for the rescue dog has become a surrogate mother for the 50th time.

Seven-year-old Jasmine is currently caring for tiny Bramble, an 11-week-old roe deer fawn found semi-conscious in a nearby field.

She cuddles up to her to keep her warm, showers her with affection and makes sure nothing is matted in her fur.

In short, the perfect foster mum.

But then again, she has had plenty of practice, having cared for five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and even 15 rabbits.

Jasmine was brought to the Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary by the police in 2003, having been found dumped in a garden shed.

She was cold, filthy and malnourished. It took a few weeks for her to fully trust staff at the centre but with tender loving care she was nursed back to full fitness.

Five years on, Jasmine is now the one looking after stray waifs.

Geoff Grewcock, who runs the sanctuary, said: ‘She simply dotes on the animals as if they were her on, it’s incredible to see.

‘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.

‘As soon as an animal is brought in, she walks over takes a sniff or two and then licks and cuddles them.

‘It is quite amazing, particularly as she is a greyhound breed and they are usually quite aggressive, That is why they are used for racing.

Jasmine with another one of her ‘babies’. She has cared for 15 rabbits in total

‘Jasmine was abused when she was younger, the police brought her to us after discovering her whimpering in a garden shed.

‘She was very nervous around us, she was caked in mud and dust and very thin. It took a while but gradually she got used to us and has been at the centre ever since.

‘Having been neglected herself, it’s a real surprise to she her show so much warmth and affection to other creatures.

‘It’s not just animals, she is great which children too, she is such a gentle, big-hearted dog.’

Bramble the fawn arrived at the centre two months ago after a dog walker came across her in a field dazed and confused.

Until she is old enough to be released back into the wild, she will continue to be cared for by Jasmine.

Geoff added: ‘They are inseparable at the moment, Bramble walks between her legs and they keep kissing each other.

Happy family: Pictured from left to right are Toby, a stray Lakeland dog; Bramble, an orphaned roe deer; Buster, a stray Jack Russell; a dumped rabbit; Sky, an injured barn owl, and Jasmine

‘They walk together round the sanctuary. It’s absolutely marvellous. It’s a real treat to see them.

‘But she is like that with all of our animals, even the rabbits which greyhounds usually chase down the track.

‘I remember 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.

‘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.

‘It’s very touching. Her maternal instincts take over all the time.’

www.dailymail.co.uk; images: Caters News Agency Ltd

 

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