I came across this great email today about a piglet named Pink who was adopted by a Dachshund (have you ever wondered the life expectancy of a Dachshund or other dog breeds) and her litter of puppies. This one reminds of yesterday’s article about Cashew and Libby the seeing eye cat.
Once again an animal that knows what needs to be done and takes this little piglet and treats him as if he was won of her own.
Here’s the story straight from my email:
“This new mom is also fostering this piglet for another mom who couldn’t take care of him. He had his eyes closed, but now they are open. He is just a little bigger than her other pups. She loves this little guy more than the other puppies and she is nursing him back to health. He is the cleanest ‘puppy’ ever because she licks him all the time.”
Update: Pink and Tink’s handler, Johanna has written a wonderful children’s book about Pink the Piglet and Tink the Mommy Dachshund (Affiliate Link) click the image below to see more information:
This is “Pink” short for Pig and Tink (Tink is the mother Dachshund).
Pink and the puppies nursing.
He nurses all the time.
Sleeping with his siblings.
He is sooo cute!
Tink is very protective over Pink.
She keeps him close to her.
The family sleeping zzzz.
It’s amazing to see animals of completely different species take care of one and other. We don’t see it everyday, but a couple come to my mind including yesterday’s story about Cashew and Libby the seeing eye cat and I’ve also read about a 100 year old tortoise acting as mom to a hippo. These stories remind me of what we’re doing with Guide Dogs and how special it is for us to help create such a wonderful bond between dogs and humans.
What do you think about Pink, Tink, and her litter of puppies? Have you heard of similar stories? If so let me know in the comments area or send me an email and I’ll try and post the story to this blog.
All three of my dogs including Stetson and Derby who were in training to be guide dogs get along fabulously with my sister and parents cats, but for some reason that doesn’t seem to have the same special quality as Tink and Pink. My other dog Linus grew up with a kitten named Lulu. They acted like brothers and sisters taking turns chasing each other around the backyard. It’s funny to see an 8 pound cat chase a 50 pound dog.
Updated 03/18/2008 – We just received the latest news and added a new article to the blog: The Latest News on Piglet Adopted by Dachshund
Updated 02/29/2008 – I added an updated article to this blog with more information and pictures of Pink, Tink, and the puppies at Updated Pics and Story: Dachshund Acts As Mom To Baby Piglet.