Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Jasmine the Greyhound


--by Nagler, posted Apr 19, 2009

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.

Geoffand 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.

But 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. Story originally reported in Daily Mail.]

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Readers Comments

Dhivyasree wrote: Inspiring :)
Thank you for sharing!
Wahoo wrote: Pretty awesome
Gene wrote: We had a greyhound and he was absolutely the sweetest, most loving dog i've ever seen. If you want a sweetheart, adopt a greyhound!
DeEtta wrote: I have kept greyhounds for many years. Angel, a 13 year old english lurcher greyhound, was very gentle and intelligent, though when we got her she was 9 months old and had been beaten, starved and abandoned. It took a long time to gain her trust, but when i did, she became my steadfast friend and companion for nearly 12 years until her death of cancer just over 18 months ago. Jasmine is trying to show you that she appreciates being rescued and earn her keep. Love her and show her with words, small treats and comforts and physical contact that what she is doing is good and her love and trust will never wane.
Helga wrote: Darling story!

Lisa wrote: I want to give jasmine a big hug and kiss! What a sweetheart!
sara goodenough wrote: I love jasmine.

I am so glad they closed the dog track
In kenosha wisconsin.

No more
Now we work on the dog fighting.

No more
They are the angels of the earth. Love
To you jasmine. Love sara jane goodenough
bharnig wrote: Wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. I wish i can also become one like jasmine without discrimination in my mind for my fellow human beings.
VIJAYA wrote: Jasmine delineates how we must help each other without expecting anything in return; this is how we achieve true love from everyone around us.
dlboehner wrote: I have seen this story before and know it to be true. We should all have a heart as nondescriminating as jasmine.

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