Rottweiler Nurses Abandoned Kittens

Jade

Jade, a three-year-old rottweiler has a soft spot for kittens.

Bonnie Donaldson, a New York resident, is grateful for her cat-loving dog. Her calico cat, Lulu, was hit and killed by a car earlier this month. The driver who hit her cat drove away without stopping.

But Lulu was not the only one to suffer. She had a litter of week-old kittens back at the house that needed to be fed. Donaldson bottle-fed the kittens in Lulu’s absence.

Also, Jade took the loss of her friend Lulu personally. She was whining and panting a lot. Donaldson said Jade knows that Lulu is gone.

So, 80 pound Jade decided to help her departed friend’s kittens. She continued to whine outside of Donaldson’s bedroom door. When she finally let the rottweiler in, she ran straight for the kittens and picked them up. She laid them down by her nipple and began to nurse them. She hid the tiny kittens underneath her body to protect them.

Donaldson was completely shocked that Jade was nursing the kittens because this rottweiler has never had a litter of puppies or has even been bred before. She also said that Jade has rarely been around male dogs.

Jade has grown up with kittens every since she was a puppy. Donaldson added that Jade thinks that she is a cat. Lulu was her baby and whenever someone would ask “where’s your baby?”, she would run through the house looking for Lulu.

When Lulu gave birth to the litter of kittens, Jade let the family know that they had come. After the kittens were born, Jade stayed by their bed as if she was their baby-sitter.

Unfortunately, one of the kittens was crushed and killed by Jade’s body weight when she was feeding the kitten.

The kittens cry for food every two hours, and Jade lies with them on the floor, cleaning them off and nursing them. Donaldson also supplements the kitten’s diet by feeding them with bottles.

She will most likely keep one of the kittens and adopt the other ones out.

Source: Niagara Gazette

(Thanks whirladogg)

11 Responses to “Rottweiler Nurses Abandoned Kittens”

  1. nora says:

    The dogs reaction to the kittens needing mothering says it all. What a wonderful doggie with such tender and caring love. She obviously was upset about the mama cat missing and knew that the babies would die without her. So intelligent!

  2. Gindy says:

    Perhaps the sad family learned a lesson, keep your cat INside and you won’t end up with a dead one.

  3. A.C. says:

    Where is the responsible pet ownership here? This story is a tragedy, but for the pets, not the owner. The cat’s allowed to run loose, neither animal is fixed and the dog crushes one of the kittens? My take - get those animals away from that owner before any more die!

  4. A.C. says:

    Where is the responsible pet ownership here? This story is a tragedy, but for the pets, not the owner. The cat’s allowed to run loose, neither animal is fixed and the dog crushes one of the kittens? My take - get those animals away from that owner before any more die! At the very least, some serious education is in order.

  5. Boilly says:

    I just wish the cat owner would have kept her inside with her kittens where it was safe. Poor thing.

  6. mittens says:

    the animals once again showing the humans the true meaning of reponsibility and compassion.

  7. Stefani says:

    I cannot help but wonder why this woman let her cat, who had a litter of kittens, out to be hit by a car in the first place.

    Stefani
    The Toonces Project
    http://www.TheTooncesProject.com
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  8. Bridgett says:

    It is still a very sweet story!

  9. plaid says:

    why is this woman not altering her animals? doesn’t she realize millions of animals are PTS every year because no one wants them? is she from mars?

  10. Debbie says:

    Why do people always see the bad in things? I think this is amazing. The mother cat must have been used to going outside - after all, she got pregnant. It may have been very hard to keep her inside. Still, all the kittens could have died and the dog I’m sure didn’t mean to crush one. The fact that this beautiful dog, that so many people are afraid of and talk bad about (along with Pitbulls) is so gentle and loving. And yes, I agree, people could learn from this big time but then I always think people can learn from animals. People - don’t always look at the negative. I’m a cat lover; just got two new kittens myself. I keep my cats indoors but not everybody does. I’m just happy they are getting some “doggy” love!!! The pet owner isn’t bad - she’s feeding them okay?

  11. Lucila says:

    There is a lot of sad people around, I believe all these people that blame Lulu’s and Jade’s owner surely keep their pets in security cases where it is impossible under any circumstances that the pet could ever run away, not even when owner opens door. Maybe all of those people could provide one of those safety devices to the owner in question and then she won’t ever go through this traumatic situation as we all know is to lose one of our dear companions.
    Also the fact that Jade crashed one of the kittens is not an unusual occurrence, some dogs will also EAT some of their puppies if there is not enough milk for all etc.
    So, I pray for all of the pets owned by all these sad people that are so mean about Lulu’s and Jade’s owner.
    This is the sweetest story I ever heard.
    PS: I am agnostic


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