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21/04/15<br />
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Melissa Ebbatson with the lambs.<br />
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Two ‘sheep dogs’ are helping to pamper three orphaned lambs who think the dogs are their mum.<br />
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The three orphaned  lambs, who wear nappies so they can have the run-of-the-house, like to snuggle up to the dogs and share their bed with them in the kitchen by the stove.<br />
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Piper, an 11-year-old rhodesian ridgeback-cross and Draughtsman, an eight-year-old ex-hunting beagle, take turns looking after the week-old lambs who often try to suckle from their doting canine ‘parents’.<br />
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Melissa Ebbatson, 21, said: “These three were quite poorly, so we brought them inside so we could look after them better and give them a bit more warmth. We put them in nappies so they don’t make a mess in the house.  One of the dogs was having a snooze on his bed and the lambs just jumped in and joined him. And they’ve all become inseparable since then.<br />
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“The dogs like to clean the lambs’ faces after they’ve had their bottles. And they enjoying romping around the place with them,” said Melissa who helps to run Crossgates Farm, with her family near Tideswell in the Derbyshire Peak District.<br />
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“They seem to really care about them and go straight to them if they start bleating – they even come to find us if they think they’re hungry.<br />
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“We change their nappies at least four-times-a-day - the baby boys even need to wear two!<br />
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“They are between seven and eight days old, and we hope to get them living back outside again when they are strong enough in another ten days or so – that’s as long as the dogs let us!<br />
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“We’re probably all a bit bonkers here but it all seems normal to us”, she added.<br />
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