Dachshund Acts As Mom To Baby Piglet

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 The Piglet 1

Pink and the puppies nursing.

Pink The Piglet nursing with puppies

He nurses all the time.

Pink The Piglet nursing some more

Sleeping with his siblings.

Pink the Piglet sleeping with siblings

He is sooo cute!

Pink The Piglet being cute

Tink is very protective over Pink.

Pink the Piglet protected by mom

She keeps him close to her.

Pink The Piglet touching moms nose

The family sleeping zzzz.

Pink The Piglet sleeping

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.


  1. Haleigh Tyndall says


  2. says

    While this is truly an adorable moment, I wonder what the implications are for the nursing dog since this is a completely different species with different needs.

  3. Bree says

    This has got to be the cutest thing I have EVER seen. It is amazing to see animals of a diffrent species nursing another. Animals are incredible: )

  4. Laurie says

    Aw, adorable. I’ve seen a mother dog nursing a kitten, but never anything like this. It’s truly amazing!

  5. Denise Klarin says

    Hi Colby! My friend posted the dachshund and piglet story on her facebook page. I couldn’t believe that it was on your website. What a small world.

  6. says

    Hey Denise! I’m glad you found our website. We mostly try to write about our Guide Dog puppies, but every once in a while we try to slip other news onto the site as well. I’ll probably be out in Phoenix Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully we get to see you guys!

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