I’ve never been a rat kinda girl, whether they be the furry or love variety … but Riff Ratt has almost turned me.
This little guy was rescued from a reptile store where he was about to be fed to the snakes and is best friends with a three-year-old Dutch shepherd called Osiris.
The adorable pair even have their own Instagram page – Osiris and Riff Ratt.
(Sadly, the owners have been forced to put this note on the Instagram page (what is WRONG with some people?): “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.”)
Curious about their unusual friendship? I was, so I did a bit of research.
Owner Alice Kwapis told CBS Chicago: “Osiris is trained to … be very gentle and help keep orphaned baby animals warm because heating pads can actually cook them to death,” Kwapis explained. “I do a lot of foster care and wildlife rehab (I am licensed to do so, it is illegal and dangerous without training) and Osiris helps us with all the little guys.”
“He’s been the sweetest guy since we found him abandoned in a parking lot as a tiny puppy almost three years ago,” Kwapis went on. “Since then, he’s helped us with rehabilitating mice, Riff Ratt (whose eyes weren’t even open when we rescued him), squirrels, kittens, raccoons and puppies.”
Case in point …
“This is super typical. 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.”
There is part of me that thinks maybe Osiris will have a momentary lapse one day … there’s a small animal sitting in his mouth … but I hope not for Riff Ratt’s sake.
Here are a few more adorable pics …
What’s the most unusual pet you’ve ever owned?
My parents weren’t into pets, but my grandmother had a menagerie of creatures that we enjoyed during school holidays – ducklings (that turned out to be geese), guinea pigs, a cockatoo, Choo Choo the dog, magpies they fed every morning and evening … Loved it … then I ended up with six chooks, two fish, two rabbits and a dog at one point …
Song of the day: Savage Garden “Truly, madly, deeply”