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Odd-But-Adorable Pairing of the Day: This Chihuahua and This Kitten

"They love each other," said Helen Woodward Animal Center Inventory Manager Labeth Thompson. "That's all there is to it. It's not complicated. They needed each other and they were there for each other."

 |  Mar 3rd 2014  |   0 Contributions


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But sometimes it gets a little more complicated, as in the case of Beignet, who's a Chihuahua, and Gumbo, a kitten who she mothers.

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Beignet's maternal instinct seems to know no bounds.

The story of Beignet and Gumbo is adorable and heartwarming, if a little disorienting to uncaffeinated news writers. Beignet was discovered nursing the small kitten in an abandoned house in Barstow, California. The family had moved away in early January. Neighbors investigated when they heard the sound of the abandoned dog in the backyard. Thinking that she was taking care of a new puppy, they found Gumbo. The neighbors brought the couple in to the Barstow Humane Society, and from there they wound up at the Helen Woodward Animal Center.

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Gumbo needed a mother; she found one in Beignet.

Needless to say, the old phrase "fighting like cats and dogs" doesn't apply here. The two have bonded and become family, just as if Gumbo were Beignet's biological child. "They love each other," said Helen Woodward Animal Center Inventory Manager Labeth Thompson. "That's all there is to it. It's not complicated. They needed each other and they were there for each other."

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This is almost too much.

The two will be making their public debut tomorrow, as part of the Center's 2nd Annual Doggie Gras Parade and Fat Cat Tuesday Celebration. Both are up for adoption, but they're going to be kept together, the Center says. Regardless of species, they are family now.

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How sweet are these two?

If you're in the Rancho Santa Fe area, and would like Beignet and Gumbo to become part of your family, or want to inquire about the Center's other adoptable animals, contact the Adoptions Department at (858) 756-4117 ext. 1, or come by 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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