Dog Adopts and Nurses Orphan Kitten


A small kitten was found in a pole barn in Jordan, MN by Pat Weber’s grandson. The kitten was only a couple days old still with her eyes shut. She, as tiny as a furball, was all by herself where the cat mother was nowhere to be seen.

“That’s when Mittens, Weber’s 4-year-old Pekingese dog, took over,” reported Start Tribune.

“As Weber put the kitten on the carpeted floor to call a veterinarian, Mittens approached, nuzzled the kitten and let her suckle, even though the dog wasn’t pregnant or nursing a litter of her own. She had given birth to puppies, but that was two years ago.”

Mittens even started producing milk 3 days after they were introduced. According to Weber via Start Tribune, Mittens decided that the little orphan kitten needed a mother, and she felt she fit right into that role.

They named the kitten Bootsie, who has become a happy, healthy little kitty thanks to the care of the Weber household, particular the motherly love from Mittens.

“The miracle was that after three days my dog had milk to feed the kitten with, and I didn’t have to get up every two hours to feed her formula out of bottle,” said Weber via Start Tribune.

cute Pekingese dog nurses kitten

cute Pekingese dog nurses kitten

cute Pekingese dog nurses kitten

cute Pekingese dog nurses kitten

cute Pekingese dog nurses kitten

Source: Start Tribune.

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17 Responses to “Dog Adopts and Nurses Orphan Kitten”

  1. Maysoun says:

    lovely heart warming story

  2. mina says:

    Awww, Mittens looks so concerned, like a real mommy.

  3. nnua says:

    A Mother’s love is a wonderful thing!

  4. katie k says:

    What a perfect pair, adorable!!

  5. Shelly Lyon says:

    They are so precious together. It was meant to be!

  6. Liza says:

    If this doesn’t make you smile I don’t know what will!

  7. siew eng says:

    mittens’ parents should sing “my favourite things” to her :)

  8. JR says:

    God in His infinite wisdom. Mittens is a hero and i am sure she loves Bootsie so very much.

  9. rezgirl says:

    I love heart warming stories like this. Mittens is a cool dog. Bootsie is in good paws.

  10. Kimberly says:

    What a sweet precious cute dog to take of that adorable little kitty. So much cuteness. :-)

  11. Cavaglione says:

    What a wonderful story! Precious little doggy!

  12. Fernanda says:

    This is too cute! <3

  13. Noelegy says:

    Not flesh of my flesh
    Nor bone of my bone
    Yet still miraculously
    My very own

    Never forget
    For a single minute
    You didn’t grow under my heart,
    You grew in it!

    The above is something my mother always said to me as I was growing up. I’m adopted, so I particularly love the story of Mittens and Bootsie.

  14. Elisabeth Anderson says:

    I once had a male Peke, Emperor, who was the image of this Peke.
    I miss him so. It’s like he was reincarnated in the form of this female. Perhaps, someday I will have another Peke. Great story!

  15. Janet says:

    Happy story!

  16. Río M. says:

    That doggy has awesome maternal instinct!
    Imagine her body to be able to produce milk when she was not even lactating/nursing at that time?!?!
    Truly one of life’s little miracles! And what an amazing kitty/doggie story, thanks for sharing this!

  17. Tucker says:

    LOVE THIS!! I LOVE ANIMALS!! THEY ROCK!!

    HUMANS? WELL A LOT OF THEM ARE A WHOLE
    DIFFERENT STORY!!!!

    THESE ANIMAL STORIES ARE WONDERFUL AND
    KNOW A LOT OF HUMANS CAN LEARN FROM THEM!!

    GOD BLESS YOU MITTENS DOG AND BOOTSIE KITTEN!!

    TOGETHER FOREVER I PRAY!!

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