You know why today is actually not the worst day?
And they have completely shredded and melted the internet’s heart to pieces.
A video posted last month of Lottie hugging her best friend Grizzly (a trick the dogs first picked up themselves, their owner told BuzzFeed Canada) has now been viewed over 23 million times and shared over half a million times.
While Lottie is a trained show dog and Grizzly is a rescue who also picks up on tricks, their owner, Taylor Duguay, says their love and affection for each other is 100% real.
Duguay, the 20-year-old from Sudbury who adopted and rescued these pups, says their “storybook” friendship was instant when they met. “Lottie and Grizzly have been inseparable since day one,” she told BuzzFeed Canada. “Lottie truly believes Grizzly is her own puppy.”
Duguay says Lottie began hugging Grizzly on her own on a day she was training them on another trick: “They where positioned closely beside each other, and when I asked them both to ‘sit pretty,’ Lottie very gently placed her paws on Grizzly. I almost died of cuteness.”
From there, she taught them how to do it on cue for shows.
Duguay says her pups love going on adventures together, above all else.
Especially hiking, one of their favourite activities.
“Even simply while we’re watching TV, you can find Grizzly and Lottie grooming each other or cuddling up close for a nap.”
Because as much as they are individually thrill-seeking dogs, they have a much better time when they’re doing things together.
“I couldn’t possibly ask for better dogs,” Duguay said.