Tuesday, May 5, 2009

SWEET JASMINE

JASMINE'S STORY

Heya Hounders,
It's just me, Jack, with an interesting post that we picked off of the Internet. It's about a Greyhound in the U.K. named Jasmine. Our mom and dad are always telling us that the rescue dogs seem more appreciative of having a home because they have probably done without at some time in their lives. We guess that's the case with Jasmine. In 2003, police in Warwickshire, England, opened a garden shed and found a whimpering, cowering dog. It had been locked in the shed and abandoned. It was dirty and malnourished, and had clearly been abused. In an act of kindness, the police took the dog, which was a Greyhound female, to the nearby Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, run by a man named Geoff Grewcock and known as a willing 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 had other ideas. No-one remembers now how it began, but she started welcoming all Animal arrivals at the sanctuary. It wouldn't matter if it was a puppy, a fox cub, a rabbit or, any other lost or hurting Animal, Jasmine would peer into the box or cage 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, 15 chicks, eight guinea pigs, two stray puppies and 15 rabbits. And one roe deer fawn. Tiny Bramble, 11 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.





From left, 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 Mothers heart doing best what a caring Mother would do... Such is the order of God's Creation. Well, what do you think about Jasmine? She obviously is grateful for having been rescued herself. See what love can do to heal the wounded soul.
All of us Bumpass hounds and Kitties want to say Happy Birthday Dad. Still on the right side of the dirt after 441 years. No matter what you think, we really do love you and we really are appreciative of you taking care of us. Will we be having cake and ice cream tonight? Perhaps double rations of kibble are in order on such an occasion.
- Jack and The Bumpass Hounds and Kitties


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12 comments:

Suzuki said...

What a beoootiful story about Jasmine :)
Oh, and Happy Birthday Dad!
Big licks to you
Suzuki
xxx

Maggie and Mitch said...

Happy birthday to your dad, guys!
Jasmine is sure one special girl!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Tracey and Huffle said...

Happy birthday Bumpass Dad! I hope you have a marvellous day.

Huffle Mawson

Boo and Scout. said...

Its a grrrreat thing that Jasmine and Geoff do. (:
Happy Birthday Bumpass Hound's Dad!

Licks to you all,
Boo and Scout.

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Happy Birthay, Hounder Dad. We are sure cake is in order.

Tucker, Daisy and Leo

DogzRock! said...

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Thanks
Travis

Gus said...

Great story for a special day. Happy Birthday Bumpass Dad!

Gussie, Teka and Muzzer

Tee said...

We're very touched by Jasmine's story. We'd definitely love to meet her one day!

Happy birthday Bumpass Dad! Many Many Happy Returns of the Day!

Licks and Wags

TUffy and the Dog WOods Pack

Mason Dixie said...

That is such an awesome story, thank you for sharing it. Happy Birthday to the Dad of all you hounds =)

Pearl said...

What an incredible story about Jasmine! It made my day to read about her.

Happy birthday to your Dad! I hope you all get to celebrate!!!

Clive said...

Wishing your Dad a very Happy Birthday - from all the gang in our house!

That was a lovely story about Jasmine - the best story we have read today.

Hope everyone gets to celebate tonight.

Clive and gang

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

What a neat story! Jasmine is a really cool dog. Thanks for sharing.

Steve

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