LAKELAND, Fla. - (FOX NEWS) -- Don’t let appearances fool you — this big mama has a soft touch.
Veterinary technician Stephanie Vice, 36, said her burly bloodhound, Ruby Jane, is extremely affectionate toward all the rescue kittens she and her husband, Matthew, 47, foster at their home in Lakeland, Fla.
The Vices have introduced Ruby Jane to more than 100 fostered furballs over the last few years — but now the 5-year-old rescue dog has her own special little baby.
Meet Bodie, the shivering 5-week-old American Wirehair kitty the canine comforted during its stressful first bath last week.
“Is that your baby, Jane? Is that your baby you are you trying to pet?” Stephanie can be heard asking on a video capturing the moment Ruby Jane affectionately pats Bodie with a paw that’s bigger than the kitten’s head.
“Say, ‘It’s OK.’ Say, ‘It’s OK little cat — it’s just a bath,’” Stephanie cooed, encouraging Ruby Jane’s maternal instincts.
The vet tech posted her heart-warming video on social media last Thursday, and it’s since gone viral, racking up more than 8,600,000 views.
“Ruby Jane is a very playful dog and is very good with all of the foster kittens,” Stephanie said.
“In particular, she has become very fond of Bodie since we brought him home. These three kittens make 107 rescue animals that I have fostered in the last five years.”
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This article originally appeared in the New York Post.