A cat with paralyzed back legs and twisted front legs and her dachshund pal were abandoned by a gated driveway. They could not tell their story to the Seminole County Animal Services staff who found them, but program coordinator Diane Gagliano told the Orlando Sentinel:
We actually don’t know what’s wrong with her. 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?
Picking up the two animals was something of a challenge. The dog was very protective of her feline friend. And although the shelter tried everything possible to help the cat move again, the youngster’s paralysis proved permanent.
When it was clear the two could not be separated, shelter staff put them in a pen together and called Jacqueline Borum, who runs the Hollywood Houndz Boutique Spa in Lake Mary, Florida. She is such a regular foster home for cats and dogs she has actually found homes for 1,300 of them in six years.
She and her staff fell in love with the pair, named Idgie (the dog) and Ruth (the cat) for the extraordinary friends in the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café. Staff and customers look after them, making sure Idgie gets daily walks and Ruth gets regularly bathed and loved. Idgie moves into protective mode whenever a strange dog comes in. All in all, the two lead a relaxed, happy life together.
Whatever the impulse of the human who left the dog and cat behind, the pals now have their forever home. And every day they teach the people who see or hear about them a lesson in extraordinary love and loyalty.
You can follow Ruth and Idgie on the Project Paws Facebook page.