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8th January 2011, 23:38
Three-Legged Dog Cares For Kittens

Ek plaas hierdie pos omdat ek 'n gedagte wil uitlig, ons as mense moet bietjie ons trots en hoogmoedigheid laat vaar en kyk na die natuur, daar sal mense wees wat hulself wil wysmaak diere het nie emosies of rasionele denke nie, net instink, ek kan aan jul duisende verhale weergee van diere wat mense gered het, diere wat bereid is om te doen wat mense nie sal doen nie, want baie mense se gesteldheid het gegaan na oorlewing van die self en weg van barmhartigheid en meegevoel. Ons is hier op aarde vir 'n doel, ek glo net so belangrike rol bekleŽ heelwat diere ook. Om te ontvang moet jy kan gee, hoe kan ons verwag dat daar teenoor ons goedgesind opgetree sal word as ons nie dieselfde goedgesindheid teenoor ander het nie? hetsy dier of mens? Ons moet onthou dat elke liewe persoon op hierdie aarde het een of ander worsteling en jou meegevoel en hulp is net die die persoon dalk nodig het om 'n stap in die regte rigting te neem, en dit mag wees in die vorm van raad, bystand, tyd of finansiŽle hulp, dit maak nie saak nie, ons het altyd die verskoning, "ons het nie tyd nie", dis nie my probleem nie", "ek het nie geld nie", al ooit gewonder hoe is dit dat jy wonderbaarlik deur taai situasies kom? ek dink dit is omdat as jy bereid is om te kan doen wat die wonderlike hond doen vir ander, kom dit terug na jou toe, maar dit is net my opinie.

Bron: By Diane Herbst (http://www.tonic.com/contributor/diane-herbst/) | Wednesday, January 5, 2011 5:15 PM ET

Maty, a rescued Australian Shepherd mix, comforts feral kittens and transforms them into sweet, friendly purring machines.

When Maty's left leg was amputated shortly after birth, the Australian Shepherd mix adjusted just fine. She jumped and leaped her way to two appearances at World Frisbee competitions as the first three-legged competitor. And thanks to a personality as sweet as Mother Teresa's, she unwittingly became a nanny of sorts for tiny feral kittens.
"We knew Maty was good with the kitties, and they would go up to her," says Lynne Ouchida, community outreach coordinator of the Humane Society of Central Oregon (http://www.hsco.org/) in Bend. "Since Maty is missing her left leg, when she lays on her right leg, she has a nook (where her left leg once was) and it creates a cradle. They lay in that spot against her belly."
Kittens generally stay with the 10-year-old Maty in a bedroom in Ouchida's home for about two weeks, until her kindness creates a comfort level that includes lots of purring. Then the kitties are ready to meet other creatures.

"Maty allows us to introduce humans as a positive aspect to their lives," Ouchida says. "When you approach a feral kitten, they hiss and spit. But [with Maty], they instinctively know not to be afraid."
What is it about Maty that allows semi-wild kittens to cozy up to a 42-pound dog? "She is very laid back and is so socialized," Ouchida explains. "She has a very, very sweet gentle soul and is very eager to please. When she gets tired of the kittens, they go after her and chase her."
"If we are feeding them by syringe, she loves to clean them off, so that is one way they get used to her," she continues. "They have this symbiotic relationship. Alot of times the kittens want to crawl up higher on her, and Maty she loves to hang out with them."
Maty's early life was rough. Cleaning workers found Maty and her 3-week-old littermates abandoned in a motel in Bend and brought them to the Humane Society.
After Maty's exposure to another puppy with parvo (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine_parvovirus), she became lethargic. "At most shelters she would have been euthanized," Ouchida says. But this Humane Society is not a run-of-the-mill shelter. While nursing Maty back to health, a staph infection was discovered to be eating away all the tendons and ligaments of her left leg. Pockets of infection were invading the pup's body. So at 8-weeks, the leg was removed.
"She is quite the survivor," Ouchida says. "We say she survived that infection that ravaged her body because she had a mission."
Following a brief stint living at a nursing home ó she was always active, and they decided a puppy wasn't a good fit," Ouchida says ó Maty returned to the Humane Society and has lived with Ouchida ever since.
In addition to her kitten comforting duties, Maty comes to work with Ouchida every day. She serves as a sort of guinea pig to discover which homeless cats like dogs, and accompanies Ouchida on visits to local schools.
"She's pretty amazing," her owner says. "She never ceases to amaze me on how an animal can give to other animals, and humans