Ruth and Idgie. Photo from Facebook.
Meet Idgie and Ruth. An unlikely duo, Idgie the
Dachshund and Ruth the paraplegic cat became fast friends on
the streets of Osteen, Florida, where they were first found by
Animal Services -- abandoned, but not alone.
From the moment they were picked up, it was clear that
their relationship was something special.
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Named after the main characters from Fried Green
Tomatoes, because of the strength of their relationship, Ruth
and Idgie quickly became known as a package deal. Idgie would
grow?restless and anxious when taken
away from Ruth, wanting to be around to protect her.
?They are pretty much inseparable,? says Jacqueline
Borum, operating partner of
Hollywood Houndz, the pet supply store that adopted the pair.
Since their adoption, Idgie and Ruth have become local celebrities,
receiving a number of visitors every day and almost non-stop
attention from the staff.
Friends for Life
While they may be making up for lost time on the human
interaction front, they certainly haven?t forgotten where their
?When Idgie gets a new toy, she always takes it over
to the cat, Ruth, and they pretty much share everything,? says
Borum. And anytime a new dog comes into the scene, Idgie is there
to make sure that her feline pal is well protected.
Though the root of Ruth?s disability remains a mystery, she does
not let her mobility issues keep her down -- she is quite playful
with Idgie and
can be a regular live wire
if she gets
riled up. Nevertheless,?Project PAW
is working to raise the money to get Ruth the neurological exam
she needs in order to find out if her condition is treatable.
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But it certainly seems like whether she can be treated
or not, Ruth will always have her guardian and?best friend Idgie.