In the upstate New York town of Geneseo, a cute story of adoption was playing out when a Doberman Pinscher named Ruby started nursing a newborn kitten along with her brood of six puppies after the kitten’s mother was nowhere to be found.
Ruby’s owner Brittany Callan breeds Dobermans on her family’s farm, which are famous for being consummate guard dogs, so when she saw the lost kitty, her thoughts were with Ruby, who had just delivered baby pups.
The bay cat named Ramblin’ Rose has now settled in with the rest of the brood for a feed and Ruby has been so compassionate to accommodate the abandoned little kitty.
“[Ruby] took right to her and didn’t seem to mind at all,” Callan told Daily Paws, adding, “She grew up with small animals [and learned] to be nice and just lick them and be friendly with everything… She’s just an extremely, extremely compassionate dog.”
Callan says she believes Ruby’s maternal instinct is special, “She was meant to be a mother to anything,” Callan said. “We’ve had baby bunnies, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks… Ruby licks them like she’s cleaning them like she’s their mother.”
Like a protective mother, Ruby has been taking special care of Ramblin’ Rose and carries the kitten around by the scruff of the neck away from her puppies when their behavior gets too rough for the kitty.
With Ruby’s loving care and kitten formula administered by Callan, Ramblin’s Rose’s weight has gone from 4.37 ounces to 7.27 ounces in a week. We are sure with all the extra love and care Ramblin’ Rose is getting, it will make her a ‘guard’ cat when she grows up fully.