Depressed Rescue Dog Becomes Best Friends With A Rat

Osiris and Riff Rat are best friends despite the huge size gap. Osiris is a 3-year-old Dutch Shepherd, while Riff Rat is as his name would suggest, a 3-month-old rat. The two spend all their time together and have even a strong level of trust with Riff Rat crawling in and out of Osiris’s mouth!

This strange but endearing friendship started back then Osiris’s owners rescued 4-week-old Riff Rat. He was so small, he hadn’t yet opened his eyes and needed to be nursed back from the brink with the use of a syringe.

Osiris himself was a rescue who was abandoned in a parking lot when he was just a pup. His owners made him their foster fail. So it would stand to reason that he would take well to a fellow rescue. After all, Osiris is trained as a therapy dog, so he has a patient and has helped his owners to care for many animals.

At first, their owners were a little hesitant to introduce the pair to one another for obvious reasons, but all fears were dashed as they saw how well the two got along.

You can see adorable pictures of the two together below:

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When #RiffRatt was a baby.

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#OsirisTheDog and #MilhouseTheRat

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#OsirisAndRiff #RiffRatt #OsirisTheDog

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Wow! Thanks for all the likes, follows, and comments. Here are a few answers to FAQs we’ve been getting. May we re-post your photo(s)? Yes, you may use our images AS LONG AS you link back to this Instagram account. You should add watermarks! No. Watermarks are ugly and we will not be watermarking our images. If you use them, please be a decent human and give us credit. Can I interview you? Yes, we do interviews! Please email [email protected]! About comments/questions regarding Riff: Yes, rats are good pets. They are smart, affectionate, and clean. They are not gross. Please stop leaving nasty comments telling us to kill or torture Riff Ratt, the world does not need more negativity. They will be deleted if we see them. Also, to those commenting that Riff “needs a companion” – he has one named Milhouse! He's very shy and doesn't like the camera. Riff was rescued at the age of three weeks, from a pet store specializing in reptiles. We fell in love with him, knew he was going to die as snake food, and decided to nurse him back to health by bottle-feeding him. About comments/questions regarding Osiris: Osiris was found as a tiny puppy, abandoned in a parking lot in Detroit. He is specially trained to be gentle with small animals and help keep them warm if they are too tiny to keep on a heating pad. PLEASE do not adopt a rat to be “pals” with your dog just because you saw these two being cute on social media. Adopting pets should be thought through thoroughly. Most dogs will eat a rat as soon as they see it. Osiris and Riff’s human parents are licensed animal rehabbers and experienced foster parents. They have lots of experience with the handling and training of all types of animals. Again, remember Riff and Osiris’ friendship is atypical and should not be attempted unless you know the exact temperament of your dog and it has been specially trained to be gentle with small animals. We will not be responsible for any injury or death caused by poor judgment. I think that’s about it for now! Other questions? Leave them in the comments!

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