When Officer Michelle Smith from Anderson animal control received a call about a dog barking, it didn’t sound anything out of the ordinary. But when she arrived at the scene, she was surprised by what she found. She discovered a small dog nursing an abandoned kitten by the side of a creek.
The cuddly pair were at the bottom of an embankment by a deep ravine. The dog had a collar around its neck but there were no signs of the pair belonging to anyone nearby. They had obviously both been abandoned and the tiny Shih Tzu had adopted the kitten as her own. She was nursing and protecting the baby as they lay there alone.
Michelle brought the adorable pair to the Anderson County P.A.W.S where they would be safe. The dog refused to be separated from her adopted baby and cleaned and nursed her like she was her own. Upon reviewing their health, it became clear that the dog had been caring for the kitten the whole time they were in the ravine.
The 5-year-old Shih Tzu was lactating but there was no evidence of her having any puppies of her own. It appeared that she was experiencing a pseudopregnancy in order to keep the kitten alive. What an amazing little dog!