Dog left heartbroken after his rodent best mate dies | Metro News

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Feb 9, 2018 in Rat News | Subscribe
This dog and rat had a more beautiful friendship than you'll ever know
This could be you but you’re not a rat (Picture: Mercury)

When you find a friend that makes your heart sing, it’s the best feeling in the world.

The first person you think of when you see a funny meme, the one you call when you’re in a crisis, that pal you always have a good time with.

A dog and a rat found just that when they first met three years ago, becoming totally inseparable despite the canine companion being a Puggle (a Beagle/Pug cross) and Beagles normally being used to hunt rodents.

Puggle Pippin and rat Leia became buddies when owners Hayley Lopez, 22, and Tyler Lopez, 21, brought the rat home three years ago.

Pippin swapped hunting for snuggling and became firm friends with Leia, playing hide and seek, and cuddling on the sofa.

Hayley shared the below footage – which shows them playfully chasing each other around their owners’ lounge, and Leia affectionately nibbling Pippin’s tail – after Leia sadly passed away a couple of months ago.

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Hayley, from Washington State, US, said: ‘They were best buddies.

‘I work in a pet shop and Leia was the last one in the litter so I brought her home. It was the best decision I ever made.

‘Pippin would not stop staring at the cage. He was so interested. I took Leia out and put her on the couch and Pippin just ran over and started playing.

‘Leia really liked to nibbling on Pippin’s toenails and Pippin would jump around and she would go for his feet.

‘They would always chase each other around. They were best friends and attached at the hip.

‘Pippin would watch the cage and it was like they would be having a conversation.’

Just having a chat (Picture: Mercury Press)

‘They used to sit on the sofa together and when she was tired she would lie on him, Pippin would lightly rest his head on her while she slept,” Hayley continues.

‘They would play hide and seek. She would hide behind the pillow and Pippin would look for her. It was really cute.

‘They were just buds. They were the best.

‘Pippin would recognise Leia’s name. I used to ask him if he wanted to play with her and he would run to the cage and wait for her to play.

‘He would wag his tail and watch for her then she would jump out of her cage and run over to him.

‘He was always so gentle when he was running around with her.’

Kisses and cuddles with BFF (Picture: Mercury Press)

Hayley works in a pet shop and breeds rats – she even has 12 pet rats at home.

Was she nervous having a dog with hunting instincts around Leia?

‘Pippin’s got a super personality and has never tried to harm any animal,’ she says.

‘It’s quite unusual because he is part beagle and they are used to hunt rats.

‘I was nervous about that at first but he’s never tried anything. I think he’s more Pug than Beagle. He does not have a hunting bone in his body.’

‘I kiss your head, okay’ (Picture: Mercury)

When Leia died, Pippin was left heartbroken.

‘When she passed away he would still watch the cage and would get really sad when she did not come by,’ reveals Hayley.

‘He went out to her grave in the back yard. He really felt her loss.

‘I think he could smell her. He went over to the grave and would not leave. He sat there in the rain for about half an hour. I think he was saying goodbye.’

Hayley says Pippin has befriended one of the babies in a new litter of rats, but it’s just not the same.

‘There was a baby in that litter called Toriyama who he’s starting to bond with but it’s not as strong,’ she says.

Rest in peace, sweet Leia. Until you and Pippin meet again.

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Article source: http://metro.co.uk/2018/02/09/dog-left-heartbroken-rodent-best-mate-dies-7299379/

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