A poor mother dog, who lost her puppies in premature labor, has adopted a litter of orphaned kittens in a heartwarming twist of events.
Who says dogs and cats can't be friends?
We all know the assumption that dogs hate cats...
via: GettyBut how true really is this?
Believe it or not...
via: GettyDogs and cats can be the best of friends... when they want to be, of course!
Cartoons are responsible for this assumption...And people who own both cats and dogs can totally agree that it is total and utter nonsense that dogs and cats hate each other.
So as long as they're raised together...Or gently introduced to one another, dogs and cats will live in harmony with each other.
Dogs and cats are extremely maternal animals...
via: GettyAnd the heartwarming story of Georgia the dog has proven the amazing bond between our favorite pets.
This is Georgia...
via: Sunshine Dog RescueAnd she was recently taken into care by The Sunshine Dog Rescue in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Australian Shephard was pregnant when she was taken in...
via: Sunshine Dog RescueBut when she went into premature labor, she sadly lost her 3 puppies.
It was a terribly sad situation.
via: Facebook"Going into premature labor gave her babies no chance of living outside of her womb. While my heart hurts for the puppies that never got to run and play, my heart is so very sad for Georgia. She is looking for her babies and it is heartbreaking to watch," the rescue wrote in a Facebook post on August 13th.
Poor Georgia was in a terrible state following the loss of her puppies...
via: Sunshine Dog RescueAnd the staff at the rescue shelter noticed her pining and searching for her babies. Utterly heartbreaking.
Caregivers eventually gave the grieving canine a stuffed animal with an artificial heartbeat to simulate her babies and calm her down.
via: FacebookBut it simply wasn't enough.
However, a few days following Georgia's loss, a special delivery arrived at the shelter.
via: GettyEven though Sunshine specializes in dogs, the shelter took in an abandoned litter of 3 motherless kittens.
Workers at the shelter decided to try and introduce Georgia to the kittens...
via: Sunshine Dog RescueAnd just as they'd hoped, the grieving dog took to them straight away.
Of course, there were doubts.
via: Sunshine Dog RescueAnita Osa, executive director of Sunshine, told KXTV that she was "certainly unsure" about Georgia taking in the cats as her own but ended up being pleasantly surprised.
Georgia immediately took on the role of their doting mother.
via: Sunshine Dog Rescue"She LOVES them. So far we have been able to get one to latch and are bottle feeding until the other 2 figure it out too," the rescue wrote on August 15th.
Even though one of the kittens sadly passed away a few days later...
via: Sunshine Dog RescueThe other 2 kittens were "thriving" and were bonding strongly with their new mom.
The kittens were eventually given names - Graffiti and Gumball.Another kitten was also added to the little family, a ginger tabby named Goober.
The 3 little kittens are now doing great thanks to Georgia's love and care.
via: Facebook"They have all opened their eyes, are gaining weight (now weigh 7-8 ounces each), and seem very content with mama," read an August 20th update.
Just look at them now!
via: Sunshine Dog RescueWay too cute!
Georgia is soon set to go to her new adoptive home...
via: Sunshine Dog RescueAnd even though her goodbye may be difficult, she and the kittens will now be able to live long and happy lives... all thanks to each other.