Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mother Dachshund Adopts Newborn Piglet

This story is so neat that I have to share it with my friends. A premature piglet was given to a loving, dachshund mother, who was more than happy to raise him as her own. The pictures of this remarkable family have made the internet rounds, but I wanted to trace them back to their source. What I found came primarily from two web sites:
1) http://dailydachshund.blogspot.com/ and
2) http://puppyintraining.com/.


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The owner of the dachshund Tink, her pups, and the newborn pig Pink said,


"I live on a farm where we raise pigs for our kids for their 4-H projects. The one sow delivered 12 pigs and several were very small. Pink was the smallest and he was born with his eyes sealed shut. That is the first time I've had a preemie piglet. He was breathing well and was making noises, but I really didn't look for him to make it. Piglets are born with their eyes open and are very active and ready to nurse within a few minutes. He didn't have any suck reflex, so we placed him under the heat lamp. After the delivery, which took up most of the night, my husband tried to get him to nurse from his mommy. He was too weak to stand up, so he held him up and squeezed some milk down his throat to get him some colostrum.

Two of my dachshunds had had puppies a few days before. Tink had only one puppy (the other was stillborn) and Sammi had 7 a few days before Tink. I had taken 2 of Sammi's puppies and put with Tink for her to foster. I got the idea to bring the piglet up to the house to see if Tink would nurse him since she accepted the other puppies so well. She is a very loving, sweet dog. She immediately loved on him and began licking him and let him nurse."
[Owner's e-mail to the Daily Doxie (http://dailydachshund.blogspot.com/)]


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The complete story, with many pictures, can be found at the following locations. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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2 comments:

SGR said...

Woof! Amazing ... will check the other sites later
Woof! Sugar

Adriana said...

Really wonderful story......thank you so much for sharing....I got tears in my eyes as I was reading the story....

Thank you once again .....

Adriana

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