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Sunday 22 October 2017

Tino the dog nurses lamb 'in need of a friend'

Tino the Jack Russell is pictured with Bowie the lamb. Tino looked after Bowie, who was
blind, sleeping beside him and helping him find his way around
Tino the Jack Russell is pictured with Bowie the lamb. Tino looked after Bowie, who was blind, sleeping beside him and helping him find his way around

Elaine Keogh

A Jack Russell dog has shown he has a heart of gold by giving tender care to a sick newborn lamb.

Now six-year-old Tino "deserves a special home" himself, according to the couple who are fostering him.

Shane Doyle brought Bowie the lamb home to his wife Lorna and they helped care for him round the clock as he had been rejected by his mother. Bowie needed to be tube-fed every four hours and wrapped in a blanket.

"Tino moved the blanket out of the way and licked clean every inch of his head and his eyes. What is bizarre is it turns out the lamb was blind," said Mr Doyle.

Tino stayed beside the lamb and slept with him. As the days passed, the terrier would help Bowie as he went out to the garden.

"Tino would lean against him and stand at his side to steady him. If he could not get his way back up the step from the garden, Tino intervened."

He said Jack Russells have a reputation for being a bit grumpy. "This guy broke the mould. Tino is a special dog. He deserves a special home."

Sadly Bowie died in his sleep last week, aged just 11 days. Mrs Doyle said: "It was just a short time, but Tino was never far from his side. It was like he knew Bowie was sick and in need of a friend."

Now the couple, from Navan, Co Meath, want Tino to get the home he deserves. They provide foster homes for dogs from Last Hope Charity.

"Tino is an extraordinary dog. He deserves a great home and has so much love to give," said Hilary Bartley from the charity.

Irish Independent

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