Sorry----my computer was acting up and I couldn't get the post to go up properly or edit, second try.
When Enka(Weimaraner) and Dixie(GSD) were young, I'd take them to a nature preserve in the middle of nowhere to run.
Once, when I called them to get back in the van to go home---Enka came at a run, hopped in the van and jumped into her seat. No Dixie. Very unusual. I called and whistled a few times, still no Dixie. VERY unusual. Finally, Dixie shows up---but she stops at the edge of the parking area and will not come any closer even when called. VERY VERY unusual!!!
Dixie sits down and ignores my calls for her to get in the van. EXTREMELY unusual. So, I start to walk in her direction. When I am almost there, she jumps up and starts off down the path----then turns and looks to make sure I'm coming. She gave me the Lassie whine.
I called Enka and we followed Dixie to see what she'd found. Dixie took us straight to a small tree with a kitten crying in it. Where it came from or how it got there was a mystery----we had not seen any cats or other people all day long. It could not have been over 5 weeks old, teeth were just barely coming in. I decided it had to have been dumped off by someone. A kitten of that age would not survive long without its mother like that.
I got the kitten down and Dixie headed straight for the van at a gallop(keeping her eye on me and the kitten the whole time). When we reached the van she was in her seat in a flash and insisted on me putting the kitten with her. When I did she immediately laid down and began grooming/mothering the kitten.
Dixie raised that kitten singlehandedly from the first day----even coming to me when she thought the kitten needed to be fed.
The kitten got the name Dymka(meaning "smokey" in Russian because of his very unusual light and dark grey coat coloration). We had Dymka for several years after that. Even after Dymka grew into a largish tom cat and would get into scrapes with other tom cats in the neighborhood----Mamma Dixie was always there to make sure that nothing bad could ever happen to HER kitten.
Enka, Dixie and Dymka are all gone now----but I'll never forget Dixie and her baby kitten, I miss them all very much.
"I'd better go with you Huck, civilization can be dangerous."-------Tom Sawyer(Mark Twain)