Dogs

Rescued Therapy Dog Is Depressed And Lonely, Until He Becomes Best Friends With A Rat

December 20th, 2018

Sometimes, all you need is a best friend and a partner in crime to lift your spirits. The adorable pup Osiris, a three-year-old Dutch Shepherd, has been depressed for a while because had no one to play with, but then a very unlikely friendship formed.

Animal friendships are truly heartwarming, especially when they seem like the unlikeliest of friends.

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

When Osiris was just a little puppy, he was left behind like trash by his previous owners. The four-footer was completely abandoned in a parking lot and didn’t know what to do, but luckily, people who were passing by notified animal rescuers.

It didn’t take long before a foster home was found for the adorable Dutch Shepherd. In fact, the family who took him in was head over heels in love with him and decided to keep him permanently instead of taking care of him until he was ready for adoption. Osiris was a part of the family now!

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

Osiris finally had a loving home and received plenty of attention and tender loving care, but he was missing one crucial thing in his life: an animal best friend.

Meeting Riff the rat completely turned the pup’s life around for the better.

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

Even though Riff is only a fraction of the dog’s size and just three months old, these two get along incredibly well. Who said that a rat and a pup couldn’t be the best of friends?

Admittedly, Osiris’ parents were really worried that the two wouldn’t be able to stand each other – or even worse, that the dog would try to hurt Riff the rat in any way. However, those fears were completely unnecessary because these two are now practically inseparable!

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

Riff was rescued when he was only four weeks old.

Because of his young age, it was important to properly feed him and make sure that he received all the medical care and attention he needed. His condition was rather problematic at the beginning, and they were forced to nurse the baby rat with a syringe.

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

Luckily, Riff’s medical condition slowly started to improve and a couple days after he was rescued, he was finally able to open his eyes for the first time.

Osiris and Riff had something in common: they both knew what it feels like to ask for help and get rescued by warm and loving people.

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

The owners of this adorable and magnificent animal duo have posted several pictures of them hanging out, and they’re all immensely cute. The size difference alone truly makes for interesting shots. You can just see the special, playful and unique connection that these two have, even though their friendship is somewhat unlikely, to say the least.

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

After he was rescued, Osiris took training to be a licensed therapy dog. The four-footer has helped many different families and pets over the years that he’s been active, and Riff is usually around to keep an eye on what Osiris is doing.

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

Both also trust each other one hundred percent. Riff can even crawl into Osiris’ mouth to take a look and clean his teeth! It definitely helps that the pup has an affectionate personality and has always been extremely gentle.

“Riff Ratt really likes licking the inside of Osiris’ mouth. I’m sure you all are wondering if we’re afraid Osiris will eat Riff – NOPE! Osiris has helped foster and care for dozens of animals and he is the gentlest dog I’ve ever met,” his owners told.

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Osiris and Friends Source: Osiris and Friends

Who would’ve thought that a rescued pup and a rescued rat would become soulmates!

You can keep following the adventures of Osiris and Riff online, and sometimes, they even hang around with a couple of friends as well. Milhouse the rat and Maria the cat regularly join them for play sessions. And we thought it couldn’t get any more adorable than this…

Watch them interact in the video below.

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Source: Osiris & Friends, Happiest

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