Dachshund Acts As Mom To Baby Piglet

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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.

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  1. Very nice post.I like your examples you use. It is nice to see someone confident enough to use their own sites to help others. Thanks again for sharing……

  2. Omg.now all the puppies and the piglet are soo adorable I could just take them home with me now I looked a the date when you posted them on here and I think they are big like their parents ever since I went on yahoo.com and I saw a baby puppy that can exactly fit in my hand I was thinking I want one that can fit in my hand and it won’t grow but I live in Fort.Worth,Tx and I don’t know my way around the whole city(not really)but I’m sure(I think)there is no pet shop here and I’m afraid of dogs but not the one that can fit in my hand and that won’t grow that will stay just a baby puppy like it was like I said those little animals are soooooooooooooooooo cute and adorable.Love nice3882

  3. @Jenna, I’m not sure of the exact date the puppies and Pink were born, but the photos were taken February 10th and 11th of 2008. So, they were probably born sometime around the beginning of February 2008.

  4. Thank God for people like you!!!!!!!! The world should take a lesson from you! Everyone should always help others no matter how different they are. Please keep us posted with updates.

  5. @Bonnie, I’m glad you’re enjoying my website. I do my best to post content on a regular basis. Unfortunately, my day job gets in the way sometimes.

    Thanks for subscribing to my news feed and newsletter. I”m doing my best to get my first issue together. Hopefully it will happen sometime in the next week or so. Please feel free to give me input on what you like and don’t like about the site and newsletter. Constructive criticism is always appreciated.

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  6. Thank you Colby, It is always such a treat to find out “the rest of the story” to these emails that circulate all over the place. I love websites like this, that post updates so I can find out more on emails I’m sent. But what I really appreciate is the fact that your website sends out automatic emails to update those of us that are interested in staying in touch. I’ve signed up for your newsletter now, too. I’ve got three dogs of my own and am always interested in finding out more on the wonderful world of dogs.

  7. @Bonnie, no problem…I’m glad you enjoyed the updated stories. If I hear anything else about Tink and Pink I’ll definitely update hear on my blog.

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