When a litter of kittens in Washington was found abandoned, Linda Smith took them in and tried to care for them. Apparently she wasn’t performing up to the standards of Pooka, her 9-year-old Chihuahua.
Although Pooka hasn’t had a litter of puppies in four years, amazingly when the kittens started suckling, her milk came in.
She wanted them. I mean she just went crazy. I was trying to feed one of them with the milk and she had a hold of its back end, trying to pull it out of my hand. So that's when I knew I had to give them to her because she wasn't going to leave them alone.
The kittens continue to gain weight and are doing quite well. The story
When I was young we had a mother cat get killed by a car while she was out doing some recreational hunting, leaving two week old kittens orphaned.
Most of the work fell to my mother, but I remember it as an endless chore for the whole family trying to keep them bottle-fed, clean and odor free, having them wake us up for night feedings.
What is a difficult chore for a whole family of humans can be done so effortlessly by mother dogs like Pooka.