Sunday, April 26, 2009

Jasmine's Love



"Animals have no feelings, no sense of love or compassion."

If you are one of those people who agree with this statement, then you might not want to read the following story.

Jasmine, a female greyhound, was found abandoned in a locked garden shed in Warwickshire, England. When the police found her, she was dirty, distressed, and starving. They took her to the nearby Nuneaton Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary, run by Geoff Grewcock and other dedicated staff members. This team of good-hearted individuals immediately went to work to restore her to perfect health and win back her trust. Even though it took several weeks, both of these feats were finally accomplished, and it was now time to find Jasmine a "forever-home."

But Jasmine had other plans. No one at the Wildlife Sanctuary recalls how it all began, but Jasmine quickly became their very own self-appointed welcome wagon, a role she continues to relish today. Whether it be a puppy, fox, cub, or rabbit, Jasmine is always one of the first to peek into the box or cage and give a friendly, comforting lick.

Is it sympathy? Perhaps some sort of an animal "pay-it-forward?" Or maybe it's just plain love . . . Jasmine's love.

Geoff explains, "We had two puppies that had been abandoned. One was a Lakeland Terrier cross and another Jack Russel/Doberman cross. They were tiny when they arived 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."

With her unique sense of compassion, Jasmine redefines the stereotype of inter-species relations. She has been a surrogate mother to many types of homeless animals, doing everything from caring for badgers, rabbits, and guinea pigs to letting birds perch on her nose. Geoff says that "she takes all the stress out of [the orphans] and it helps them to not only feel close to her, but to settle into their new surroundings."

Perhaps the most touching example of "Jasmine's Love" is baby Bramble. This tiny 11-week-old Roe deer fawn was found in a field, close to death. When she was brought back to the sanctuary, Jasmine immediately cuddled up beside her in an attempt to keep her warm. Geoff says, "They are inseparable. They walk together around the sanctuary with Bramble between her [Jasmine's] legs. And they keep kissing each other . . . it's a real treat to see." And like all good moms, Jasmine keeps her fawn clean with regular grooming.



If this isn't love and dedication from one animal to another, I don't know what is. If you want to check out more of "Jasmine's Love" and her life at the sanctuary, please visit them at http://www.warwickshirewildlifesanctuary.co.uk/index.htm.



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