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Saving Jasmine’s Life


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.
English: Lakeland Terrier "Ebrooks Galaha...

English: Lakeland Terrier “Ebrooks Galahad” at the City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


11 comments on “Saving Jasmine’s Life

  1. novareylin
    August 21, 2012

    That is just tooooo fabulous! What a great sanctuary and pup!


  2. russtowne
    August 21, 2012

    Humanity could learn much from Jasmine. May she long be a beacon of love, compassion, kindness, forgiveness, trust, inclusivity, duty, responsibility, and so much more! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post!


  3. notsofancynancy
    August 21, 2012

    What a wonderful story! thanks for sharing it


  4. dorannrule
    August 21, 2012

    We have a lot to learn about giving and loving, just from Jasmine’s story. She has found her place and her purpose. Thanks for introducing her to the world.


    • judysp
      August 21, 2012

      Isn’t Jasmine wonderful? What a dog? Pity more people weren’t like that. 🙂


  5. Caroline
    August 21, 2012

    What a lovely story.


  6. Andrea Kelly
    August 22, 2012

    Animals are amazing creatures! Thank you so much for sharing this uplifting story!


    • judysp
      August 22, 2012

      I am so glad you enjoyed it Andrea. I think animals make life worth living. 🙂


  7. Eloise Currie
    August 22, 2012

    Animals trump people so many times. This is a lovely account; I’m amazed when things like this happen – a person or animal comes back from abuse and is generous and loving.

    Love your blog, BTW!


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