Mak­ing the grade

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

Eden Poin­ton started at Gold­fields Pri­mary School, in Cromwell, on Novem­ber 1. Amy-Rose Pearson started at Man­iototo Area School on Novem­ber 24.

Talk about puppy love. This Jack Rus­sell, owned by Alexan­dra SPCA field of­fi­cer Helen Saun­ders, has adopted these two kit­tens as her own. Mrs Saun­ders said her dog, called Doris, re­cently gave birth to six pup­pies of her own. At about the same time, the two new-born kit­tens were brought into the SPCA, af­ter be­ing found with­out their mother in Omakau. ‘‘I usu­ally hand-rear new-born kit­tens, but it’s re­ally hard work, so I just thought I’d see if Doris would take care of them, and she did,’’ Mrs Saun­ders said. And while it wasn’t a per­fect sit­u­a­tion for the kit­tens, they were do­ing well and Doris was tak­ing good care of them, along with her own pup­pies. ‘‘I knew she wouldn’t be nasty to them, but I wasn’t sure if she would feed them.’’ Doris would con­tinue to feed the kit­tens un­til Mrs Saun­ders was sure they could eat on their own. When they were old enough, she would be look­ing for peo­ple to adopt them, along with four kit­tens the SPCA had ready to be adopted.

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