THEY call it puppy love...
Caring Jack Russell pup Bill is already proving he is adept at fatherhood by taking on a pair of orphans - orphan kittens that is.
The adoptive canine mum has amazed owner Sandra Lemons after ‘adopting’ the tiny bundles of fur as his own, cleaning and comforting them just days after they were born.
And the tail is even more astounding as Sandra’s other dog Ed, a Yorkshire Terrier cross, was also a surrogate mother to his own litter of three tiny kittens two years ago.
Sandra, who fosters animals for the RSPCA at her home in Handsworth, said: “It’s incredible how Bill has taken to the new kittens.
“When they came in we thought Ed would take over like he did before but he just left Bill to it - it’s like he has taught a little student.
“Despite his clumsy and devil-may-care attitude he is so gentle with the babies, cleaning and comforting them.
“And Ed takes a back seat and looks on growling if Bill gets a bit rough, but lets him do most of the work.”
The three kittens that were looked after by Ed and Sandra in 2010 after their mum was killed have all now found new homes through the Sheffield RSPCA animal shelter in Attercliffe.
Ten-month-old Bill was fostered then adopted by Sandra after he and Ed – who was cared for by a cat as a weak rescued puppy – got on well.
And now he is keen to take others, namely Reptu and Karyu, who came all the way from York and are named after World War Two Japanese aircraft, under his wing.
Sandra, a tiler and decorator, added: “I don’t know whether it’s something in the water here - it’s like the United Nations in this place.
“There are birds as well which have been hand reared and come back for feeding.
“Outside the garden walls I think it would be a little bit different.”
n To help rescue cats and kittens call RSPCA Sheffield on 01142 898050.