We have shared a number of unusual animal friendships in the past but the story of Riff Rat and Osiris is one of the most amazing of all! Osiris is a 3-year-old Dutch shepherd therapy dog that befriended a 3-month old rescued pet rat named Riff Rat. The pet rat and therapy dog don’t just tolerate one another they are real life best friends forever.
Riff Rat had a rough start, and was rescued at only 4 weeks of age in pretty bad shape. He was nursed back to health with a syringe and plenty of love from kind-hearted humans as well as Osiris the gentle giant therapy dog. Dutch shepherds are well known for their ease of training and obedience, but Osiris takes being a great dog to a whole different level. Osiris allows Riff Rat to crawl inside of his mouth and clean his teeth, and no one even worries that the dog will make a snack out of the little rat.
Osiris’ owner writes on @osirisandriff Instagram, “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.”
These two unusual pals love to snuggle
Riff Rat has gotten pretty good at standing up on his two back legs
And the world’s best dentist award goes to Riff Rat the rescued rat!
Riff Rat’s owner writes on Instagram, “#RiffRat likes to be in pockets.”
Sometimes Osiris gives Riff Rat a cleaning too
“Playing like they always do”
Let me tell you ’bout my best friend…
You can follow along on all of Osiris and Riff Rat’s adventures via Instagram.
Photo Credits: Instagram