"You know sometimes, cats are jerks?" Ruiz asks.
"Bagheera was the most loving, sweetest cat you'll ever meet."
And she had no greater friend in the world than little Binks, who would push him around in a shopping cart.
"He would just lay there with a blanket on him," Ruiz recalls. "He wouldn't try to jump out or get away.
"When she went to her room, he would get on top of her dresser and just lay there and watch her fall asleep."
He even dined at the kitchen table with the family.
"We always set his bowl at the empty spot at the table," she says.
Binks considered Bagheera her boyfriend. When she was mad at him, she would yell, "That's why I broke up with you!"