We love this video of a sweet cat who is trying his hardest to keep a curious little tot from getting into trouble with the stove. Yes, there are adults nearby but kids can get burnt in an instant if no one’s paying attention! Luckily this protective kitty isn’t going to let that happen!
An unlikely animal bond can tug at our heartstrings, and one cat and dog duo exemplify that heartwarming attachment.
Idgie and Ruth, a Dachshund and a black and white cat, are the precious spectacle that draws visitors to Hollywood Houndz Boutique & Spa in Lake Mary, Florida, the Huffington Post reported.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, the pair was found alongside a road in Seminole County. When animal control officers approached the Dachshund, they noticed that she was standing over the kitten, barking and growling when anyone tried to get close.
Officers then noticed that the kitten was having some difficulty getting around, and realized that she could only move her front legs; the back two were useless, the Sentinel article said.
The duo were taken back to a shelter, where several attempts were made to allow the cat the use of her back legs. Unfortunately, nothing—from steroid shots to acupuncture—made a difference.
It soon became clear, though, that the two friends were inseparable. Usually, the Sentinel article said, the shelter segregates cats and dogs, but any time the dog was away from her kitten friend, she seemed very upset.
“It was like she was constantly looking for her,” Diane Gagliano, the program coordinator for Seminole County Animal Services, told the Sentinel.
Gagliano then set up a special pen for the pair to be together.
Luckily, Jacqueline Borum, who runs Hollywood Houndz along with a nonprofit called Project Paws, took an interest in the two cuties and decided to take them in herself.
She dubbed them Idgie and Ruth after another inseparable pair in the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.”
“They got lots of attention,” Borum said in a Sentinel video. “We’re making up for lost time of anything that they may have lacked.”
Since their adoption, they’ve become an adorable sight that has customers coming in specifically to hang out with them.
No one may ever know the unfortunate circumstances that brought about this incredible interspecies friendship, but their bond is clear. “Idgie would take a bullet for that cat,” Borum told the Sentinel.
To see what’s going on with Idgie and Ruth, as well as for updates on Ruth’s health, check out the Project Paws Facebook page and be sure to check out this adorable video about their story!
We love Flo. And we love March Madness. And, we love cats! Check out this hilarious video of Flo attempting to coach a team of felines. Regardless of how your teams are doing, they are for sure playing better than this one! It’s #Flosanity Season! GO #FLOCATS!
Smiley is the perfect name for a sweet, blind therapy dog who makes people feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
According to ABC News, Smiley, who was born without eyes, has been making people smile at nursing homes and schools in his hometown of Stoufville, Canada.
Smiley’s owner, Joanne George, says she rescued Smiley from a puppy mill when he was just a couple of years old. Although he was nervous and scared, Smiley immediately bonded with another of George’s dogs, a deaf Great Dane named Tyler.
Tyler turned out to be a perfect role model for the scared Golden Retriever. “Tyler was so bouncy and crazy and happy go lucky.” George said. Smiley took cues from the Great Dane mentor. “He came out from underneath the tables where he was always hiding,” George explained.
Once Smiley was showing his true personality, George could see that he’d make a great therapy dog. And he does. Today, Smiley is part of the St. John’s Ambulance Therapy Dog program and visits nursing homes, hospitals and schools, spreading joy everywhere he goes.
At one nursing home, a man named Teddy never smiled or communicated with anyone…until Smiley showed up one day. George said the staff was amazed. “[Teddy] smiled when Smiley got into his vision,” she explained.
That doesn’t surprise us! Smiley makes us smile from ear to ear just looking at that happy furry mug of his!