||Two years old|
||Red-bone Coonhound mix|
||St. Peters, Missouri, USA|
is a two-year-old red-bone coonhound mix who we adopted from the
Missouri Humane Society as a three-month-old puppy. Willow should be honored for
her gentleness and protectiveness towards other animals which include baby
birds that have fallen out of their nest and baby bunnies who have been preyed
upon by other animals (including our own cat). Last spring, Willow brought me
a baby bunny with barely any fur on it yet and delivered unharmed. I then
followed her to another bunny which was close to being eaten by our cat. In
watching the cat and with Willow's starring at an area just outside her
invisible fence space, I found another baby bunny in a hole in the brush. I
placed the two bunnies back in the nest and low and behold the mother bunny
did come back and we watched the bunnies grow.
The amazing story continues, as Willow would sit most of the day and keep
guard of her baby bunnies. If the cat somehow got out or any other creature
came near her babies, Willow would bark, howl and drive away all but the
mother bunny. I am attaching a picture of Willow's bunnies. Willow also
rescued and brought me to two baby birds who had fallen out of their nest
during a storm. Thanks to Willow, we returned them to their nest, before harm
could come to them.
Just this April, I found Willow laying on the ground whining. When I came up
to check on her, she was laying watching another tiny hairless bunny (still
alive and somehow lost from the nest - I suspect the crazy cat again). I
actually asked Willow if she knew where the nest was and she started sniffing
all over as though she knew what I was asking. Instead she led me to another
bunny (still alive but not in the nest). She seemed distraught so I decided
to bring out Hannah (our four-year-old coonhound mix - another rescued dog) for help
who has the same tender nature and a keen sense of smell. Hannah sniffed the
ground where the bunnies were laying and went directly to the side of our
creek where we found three more bunnies in a nest behind a rock. I put the two we
found in the hole and within a short period of time this mommy bunny moved the
entire family to a new location (which we have yet to locate).
Willow (with some help of her beloved Hannah) is responsible for rescuing and
caring for several of God's creatures.
Here is Willow with some of our foster kitties. We foster kittens until old
enough for neutering/spaying and adoption for local center. No doubt, Willow
will continue to protect the baby bunnies, birds, and kittens who find their
way into our backyard for years to come.
See more images of Willow!