An abandoned kitten who was rescued when he was just days old has found a safe haven after striking up an unlikely friendship with a Great Dane.
George, who is 13 weeks old was adopted in June after he was rescued by the RSPCA.and soon won the affection of his owner's three-year-old Great Dane, Shadow.
Weighing over 10 stone and measuring 32in high to the shoulder and 7ft long, Shadow towers over the 2lb kitten.
But despite being 65 times heavier and eight times taller, doting Shadow follows his companion around the house and even stands guard while he eats.
Ms Hughes, a manager of an RSPCA shop said: 'I was unsure at first because if Shadow sees a cat on the street he does like to chase them.
'But they just sniffed each others noses and have been inseparable ever since.
'They have an amazing bond, it really is very sweet because Shadow is so protective of George.
'George sits between Shadow's feet to eat his food and they always go out into the garden together in the morning.
'Shadow just follows George around the house and they curl up together on the sofa for a nap.
'They even give each other kisses on the nose.'
Ms Hughes said she grew concerned about Shadow after he became depressed when his canine companion Dizzy fell ill and had to be put down.
But she said he found a new lease of life after she brought George into the home.
Eve added: 'Shadow loved Dizzy and he was devastated when he died.
'He didn't eat or play, he just buried his head under the cushions on the settee.
'I was worried and thought a new playmate would cheer him up but I would never have guessed he would befriend a kitten.
'The RSPCA said they had a kitten who needed a temporary foster home but when they got on so well I was more than happy to keep him.'