Mother Theresa of Dogs


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

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.

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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.

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 which
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

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 Creation.

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Barry Blomkamp Nd. Bsc (UL)
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