Piglet is dog’s new babe

Heidi the blue heeler throws or­phaned Rosie a life­line

Isis Town and Country - - News -

AS FAR as be­ing a mother goes, blue cat­tle dog Heidi re­ally brings home the ba­con.

Heidi adopted an or­phaned piglet af­ter her lit­ter of pup­pies had gone to new homes.

In the pe­cu­liar chain of events the or­phaned piglet, which has been named Rosie, lost its mother dur­ing birth. But Rosie now has been given a chance to live with the help from young Childers girls Stella and Har­mony Candy, along with com­fort from their dog Heidi.

Rosie was taken into care by the fam­ily af­ter the girl’s mother Sarah Candy saw a post on so­cial me­dia ask­ing for help to raise the or­phaned babes.

“We saw on Face­book the mother pig had to have a cae­sarean and had died. We thought we should help out,” Mrs Candy said.

“My girls have raised her for the past two weeks giv­ing her bot­tles ev­ery four hours.

“Stella has taken her to bed at night to keep her warm – she is part of the fam­ily now.”

Stella, 3, said she saw Rosie fol­low­ing Heidi af­ter all her own pup­pies were sold last week.

“I tell her no, but she won’t stop,” the young­ster said.

Older sis­ter Har­mony said Stella doted on the piglet and couldn’t imag­ine her not by her side now.

“If Rosie isn’t with Stella she is fol­low­ing Heidi around,” she said.

The fu­ture didn’t look very bright for lit­tle Rosie but with help from Heidi and Stella this pig might fly.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

DIN­NER TIME: Heidi has be­come a sur­ro­gate mother to Rosie the or­phaned piglet. IN­SET: Stella Candy, 3, loves help­ing to feed her new pet, Rosie.

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