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!