Heartbroken Dog Can't Accept That His Guinea Pig Friend Is Really Gone
"He climbed in and wouldn't leave" 💔
On the surface, Mattis and Otis couldn't have been more different — Mattis being a bulldog, and Otis a little guinea pig. But despite the contrast in their sizes and species the furry pair formed a profound connection where it mattered most: the heart.
And now, in the wake of Otis' passing, the love they shared has never been clearer.
Mattis and Otis' friendship blossomed at home with their owners Joseph and Brittany Scaramucci. The Scaramuccis had had the guinea pig for a number of years before Mattis came along. But, much to their surprise, the two really seemed to delight in each other's company when they met — so they made sure they got plenty of it.
"Otis’ cage was right by Mattis’ kennel, so they were beside each other all night," Joseph Scaramucci told The Dodo. "When you took Otis out he would go to Mattis' and hang out."
Like all good things, this friendship sadly came to an end. Last month, Otis grew weak and passed away of old age; Mattis never left his side.
It was tough on the whole family — but then something happened that revealed the full extent of Mattis' heartache.
A few days after Otis' passing, the Scaramuccis moved his cage outdoors with the intent to clean it. Mattis followed and, after watching for a moment, climbed inside the base of the cage where Otis had lived.
"It was heartbreaking," Brittany Scaramucci told The Dodo.
Mattis could sense that Otis was really gone, it seemed, but he was having trouble accepting it. Lying where Otis had lived was a way of holding on.
"He climbed in it and wouldn’t leave," Joseph said.
That's not the only way Mattis expressed his grief. For several days after Otis died, Mattis wouldn't touch his food and seemed sad in general. The little guinea pig had cast a long shadow on Mattis' heart.
It will undoubtedly take time for Mattis to heal from the loss of his friend, and his experience is indeed a sad one. But there is a lesson to be learned from his behavior — that animals, too, have emotions, and they're not so different from our own.
Thankfully, Mattis won't have to learn to cope alone through this time of mourning.
The Scaramuccis say they're making sure Mattis is getting plenty of love and affection to help lift his spirits in the weeks going forward. Otis, of course, will never grace their lives again — but he'll never be forgotten.