A baby boy and his pet bulldog have become an online sensation after incredible footage shows the pair playing, eating and even sleeping together.Bob Miller and his pet Dave have been inseparable since Bob was born 19 months ago – even kissing and cuddling each other before bed. The footage, made by Bob’s mum Zoe Fletcher, Bolton, Greater Manchester, shows the pair’s friendship, and has gone viral after attracting more than 521,000 views on social media.
Zoe, who runs a beauty salon, made a slideshow of pictures showing the duo in matching outfits – including a hilarious snap of the pals dressed as Minions.Dave, four, sits down for breakfast with Bob every morning and they even have naps together. mZoe, 33, said: ‘I don’t know what it is but they have this incredible bond.. I think Bob sees Dave as his brother. They’re never apart.
‘I’ve been collecting photos of them for ages and I think it shows that dogs and children can have a great relationship. ‘I think because Dave has been around since the minute Bob was born, it means they really trust each other. ‘I can’t describe it. They eat together, they get washed together, they play together. Bob just looks at Dave and sees himself.
‘Obviously we never leave them alone together but I honestly don’t believe Dave would ever hurt him. There are a lot of myths about bulldogs but they’re really loving. ‘On special occasions they get dressed up; Christmas, birthdays, Halloween. We’ve always wanted to integrate Dave into the family properly and I think we have. ‘It started out that I would post photos on bulldog groups on Facebook and then the video just came from there.
‘I thought it would be interesting for people but I never expected half a million people to see it.’ Zoe has two other sons – Anton, nine, and Milo, seven – and lives with her partner Mark Miller, a 37-year-old joiner. Dave and Bob gained a host of fans after Zoe posted their pictures on animal charity pages including The Edward Foundation and the Bulldog Rescue and Rehoming Trust.
Zoe said: ‘I thought it would be interesting for people but I never expected half a million people to see it. ‘Everyone comments on the Minions picture. My friend runs a costume shop called Sew Sally Boutique so they have loads of matching outfits. ‘Even when Bob goes out to nursery, Dave will wait at the door for him to come home. We went away for a week and Bob was crying and asking for Dave.
‘Everyone keeps asking: ‘What are they going to do when Bob is at school?’.. I honestly don’t know. ‘It just goes to show how close the two of them are. The first time they ever met, Dave licked Bob the whole time. I’m surprised he didn’t show up at the hospital. ‘It sounds bizarre, but I treat them equally. It’s like having a fourth child.’