THIS WEEK IN 1995: Boxer dog takes on family of six kittens

An unlikely guardian, Lucy the boxer dog takes good care of her new kittens
An unlikely guardian, Lucy the boxer dog takes good care of her new kittens
THEN: Full of life and shops galore  the eastern end of Highland Road in Edwardian days with Kassassin Street on the right.  Picture: Barry Cox Collection

NOSTALGIA: Snapshot of life in Edwardian Portsmouth

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Cat-loathing Lucy the boxer dog got her hormones in a twist when she adopted six abandoned kittens.

Despite being less than the perfect mother to her own pups in the past, the broody boxer took a motherly shine to the orphans.

The kittens were born in a garden in Guildford Road, Fratton, and deserted by their mother.

Cold, wet and close to death they were discovered by Kerry Scott who rushed them to her friend Gretta Arnold, a former veterinary nurse.

As Gretta, of Glencoe Road, Portsea, began the arduous task of hand-rearing the kittens she was amazed to find a willing helper in Lucy.

Gretta said: ‘She usually hates cats, but she has really taken to the kittens. She licks them and is keeping them really close to her.’