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Paralyzed Cat Deeply Loved by Dachshund. Both Found Abandoned.

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Paralyzed Cat Deeply Loved by Dachshund. Both Found Abandoned.

In Lake Mary, Florida a dachshund and a paralyzed tuxedo cat were found abandoned in front of a gated community. Seminole County Animal Services was called to pick up the pair, but the little dachshund was so protective of his feline friend that it took some time to capture the two and take them to the local shelter.

At first, the pair was separated – the dachshund went to the dog kennel and the cat was in medical care. The dog now, named Idgie, was frantic and someone fortunately understood that these two animals were deeply bonded. They brought the cat, now named Ruth, back to her canine buddy. That calmed Idgie right down.

The cause of Ruth’s back leg and partial front leg paralysis was unknown, so the non-profit group, TEARS, Every Animal Receives Support, stepped up and offered to pay for experimental therapy and acupuncture for Ruth. Unfortunately, Ruth’s condition did not improve, so the shelter sought to adopt out the cat-dog pair together to a special owner who could manage Ruth’s disability with the care and love it needed.

Jacqueline Borum, the owner of Hollywood Houndz Boutique and Spa, offered to adopt the pair and gave them a home in her shop. Now Ruth and Idgie get plenty of attention and treats. Plus, Ruth gets daily baths and Idgie gets daily walks from both Jacqueline and her customers. When not getting celebrity treatment, the two furry friends can be found cuddled up together — usually with Idgie curled up protectively around Ruth.

Borum named the pair Ruth and Idgie after two characters in the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Borum said she has been deeply touch by the bond the two animals share — and she has seen her share of bonded animals — but she notes that Ruth and Idgie have taken interspecies love to a whole new level.

* The cover photos was provided by the Hollywood Houndz Boutique and Spa Facebook page. To get updates on Idgie and Ruth please visit the aforementioned Facebook page.

Next page: video clip of the two furry friends

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Cherise Udell

Cherise Udell is a mom, clean air advocate, anthropologist and feline aficionado with the nomadic habit of taking spontaneous sojourns to unusual destinations. Before her adventures in motherhood, she was an intrepid Amazon jungle guide equipped with a pair of sturdy wellingtons and a 24-inch machete, as well as a volunteer at a rainforest animal rescue center.

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8:25PM PDT on Mar 13, 2014

Thank you for posting!

4:04AM PST on Feb 22, 2014

Great story and I am thrilled that they can stay together.

1:32PM PST on Feb 18, 2014

So glad the vet staff realised that these two beautiful creatures needed to be together - imagine the lifetime of sorrow if they had been separated. My dog & cat sleep together & eat together & I could not imagine them being apart, except for the odd time when the cat flies at the dog & bites him. I think the cat thinks he's being funny but the dog is never amused.

7:18AM PST on Feb 11, 2014

Please take a moment to sign my petition - pledge to adopt at least one rescue dog or cat in your lifetime! So many animals like Idgie and Ruth need YOU to give them a second chance at life!

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/493/578/888/pledge-to-adopt-a-rescue-cat-or-dog/

2:38AM PST on Feb 11, 2014

sweet

10:02AM PST on Feb 10, 2014

awesome

8:44PM PST on Feb 9, 2014

The video is no longer available :( but what a sweet story!

3:33AM PST on Feb 8, 2014

Lovely to see them happy and cared for.

5:25AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

This is one of the best stories I have read about animal love. To them, species doesn't matter, love and safety does, and to them that is all there is. May these baby's and their human have many wonderful years together.

10:59PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

"An affair to remember" -
May there be many many humans like Ms.Jacqueline Borum.

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