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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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3:24PM PST on Nov 3, 2014

thanks for sharing :)

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3:55AM PDT on Jul 21, 2014

I remember reading about Champion Duc de la Terrace, a standard white show poodle in the 1920s, who came home one day with a stray kitten who became his special pet. They went everywhere together, and if Cat couldn't keep up Duc would pick him up in his mouth and give him a lift.

9:28PM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

a lovely miracle, that caring folk appeared in their lives.
Happy ending (beginning for all)

5:41AM PDT on Jul 20, 2014

Animals read each other and love each other better than humans a lot of the time.

5:35PM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Humans can learn a lot from these animals, thank you for sharing this wonderful story, I am so glad it has a happy ending.

10:09AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

9:33AM PDT on Jul 19, 2014

sweet. I'm glad they are together in a forever-home.

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