Rescue Dog Falls Madly in Love With His Baby Sister Before He Even Meets Her

“He is the only one she reaches for. When she reaches him, he covers her in kisses and she laughs. Jpeg is not a licker or kisser, except when it comes to Adeline.”

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When Addie was born three months early, she had to spend the next several months in the hospital.  Jpeg, the family’s rescue dog, couldn’t meet her until she came home, so he slept with her swaddling blankets until then.  And now the two can’t be separated.  Just a puppy himself, he is very protective of his fragile little sister, and she is the only one he’ll even give kisses to.

“When she gets sick, he runs over to her.  When she cries, he kisses her.”

 

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Jpeg was adopted from Pregnant Dog Rescue in Pennsylvania by the Durfee family when he was just under three months old.  Not long after, his parents added another baby to the mix – a little girl named Adeline.  But she was 14 weeks premature, and weighing less than two pounds, she had to be kept in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  She spent the first eight months of her life in the hospital.

So Jpeg was nearly a year old by the time he was finally able to meet his sister.  However, their bonding started as soon as she was born.

 

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“His love for her started even before she came home,” mom Stephanie told The Dodo.  “When she was in the NICU, I would bring home her blanket that she was swaddled in that day, and he would get excited, smell it and sleep on it.”

The tiny baby is still facing some possible undiagnosed medical complications and requires a feeding tube, but Jpeg is never anything but tender with his beloved sister.

 

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“Jpeg was only one when we brought her home, and he was still very much a puppy,” Stephanie said. “The second we came home, he calmed down so much. He is beyond gentle.”

And even more than gentle, Jpeg is very watchful over his charge.  He guards the doorway of any room she is in, and makes sure to put himself between her and any stranger that comes near.  And it’s clear that the love is mutual.

 

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“He is the only one she reaches for.  When he comes near her, she smiles. She may have cerebral palsy, and one of the ways we do physical therapy is I have Jpeg lay a few feet from her, and we work on crawling toward him. When she reaches him, he covers her in kisses and she laughs. Jpeg is not a licker or kisser, except when it comes to Adeline.”

Though one would think a puppy his age would be a bit rambunctious, caring for such a delicate sibling is serious business.

 

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“At doggy day care, he runs with his friends every time they throw the ball, but never goes after it,” Stephanie said.  “He’s not very competitive.”

He’s just got more important things on his mind.  Dogs are incredibly perceptive creatures, and he understands that wee Addie needs his nurturing and protection.  He is her first friend, and hopefully they will share that bond for many years to come.

 

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2 thoughts on “Rescue Dog Falls Madly in Love With His Baby Sister Before He Even Meets Her

  1. I lost a beloved adopted dog to diebeties about 2 years ago. After taking care of him for more than a year, giving shots and special food , I was crushed when I finally had to put him down ,one of the hardest things I’ve ever made.. Scooter will always hold a place in my heart,
    I felt that I had to find another dog to love and care for, The first time I saw my new love he was on a kill shelter site in my town. All I could see was a black nose and two shinning black eyes surrounded by this beautiful mass of snow white hair. I went immediately to the shelter and met Harley, a pure blooded White-Westie that was 5 years old. I sat on the floor and he came over to me and introduced himself . I was luck enough to adopt him and bring him home. He is loved by my husband and Son as well.. I don’t know why he was given up but thank God we found each other.Harley is the bright spot of my every day.

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