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Injured stray nurses her own — and more

A stray dog in Canada didn’t let getting hit by a car keep her from nursing her litter of five pups.

And one kitten.

Esperanza, as she’s been named (Spanish for “Hope”), was found on a central Alberta reserve by Criss Gerwing, who runs a small animal rescue group. The dog, a white shepherd mix, led Gerwing to her pups, and a kitten that, somehow, ended up nestled in with the rest of the litter.

“I cried because she was in such bad condition with her leg, but she was obviously nursing her puppies and this kitten,” Gerwing said.

The Winnipeg Free Press reports that Gerwing took all the animals to the Edmonton Humane Society, where veterinarians thought they’d have to amputate the mother dog’s bad leg. But a local veterinarian, Dr. Milton Ness, saying she was “a special soul”  volunteered to perform surgery to save her leg.

“She is such a sweet, sweet dog,” Shawna Randolph at the humane society said. “She has such a wonderful personality.”


Comment from Denise Jognson
Time December 21, 2010 at 2:56 pm

What a great story!

Comment from I Said Sit
Time December 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm

This story is amazing on so many counts: A dog nursing a kitten in the wild. A dog getting struck by a car and continuing to nurse. And then leading a man back to save her litter. And KUDOS to Dr. Ness! What a compassionate soul.

Comment from debbie
Time December 22, 2010 at 6:17 am

This is a wonderful Christmas story as it truly is a lesson of unselfishly ‘giving’..

Comment from anon
Time December 22, 2010 at 8:37 am

She has wolf in her. She is beautiful….inside and out.