Protective Dachshund Adopts Paralyzed Cat

It’s another tale of two unlikely friends–this time involving a quadriplegic cat and an over-protective dog.

Ruth, the seven-month-old cat, and Idgie, a 2-year-old Dachshund, were found abandoned in a box at the end of a Florida driveway in early October. The kitten could only move herself by dragging her front legs. Her back ones were completely useless, the paws twisted. But the kitten remained completely safe at the side of her new guard dog.

Idgie growled and barked protectively whenever anyone approached, and every time Ruth disappeared, the tiny Dachshund was reported to be “profoundly unhappy.”

“We actually don’t know what’s wrong with her,” Diane Gagliano, program coordinator for Seminole County Animal Services told the Orlando Sentinel. “We think it may have been something she was born with. It was really a strange situation — both of them were found in fairly good shape, not filthy or malnourished, so it seems as though they probably had a home at some point. But on the flip side, no one came and claimed them, and how could the cat get very far without the owner knowing?”

The dynamic duo was eventually adopted by Hollywood Houndz Boutique & Spa in Lake Mary, Florida, and guests from all over can now witness their inseparable bond in the front of the store.

Project Paws, the group raising money for Ruth’s treatment, offered a glimpse of hope for the paralyzed cat last week on their Facebook page.

“Ruth is a very happy girl. She crawls to her food bowl and uses her litter box. She is very playful and loves playing with Idgie or whatever toy is available. She doesn’t think there is anything wrong. We should all be this happy!!”

“Stay posted as we are going to have Ruth diagnosed as soon as we have the $ donations to cover the exam. The neurologist said that there is the possibility that her condition is treatable.”

It’s just further proof that love cures all.


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