When Anderson Animal control officer Michelle Smith climbed down a steep embankment to rescue a yelping dog, she saw a black and white Shih Tzu-mix curled in a tangle of bushes and briars.
But when she looked again, she spotted a tiny kitten nestled next to the dog, suckling milk from her.
They were taken to the Anderson County P.A.W.S. shelter, where they remained inseparable and the dog continued to care for the kitten as one of her own.
The pair were taken to a foster home – together, of course.