Piglet is dog’s new babe
Heidi the blue heeler throws orphaned Rosie a lifeline
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.
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.