03/01/2011 at 04:00 PM EST
In the presence of a cat, a rat usually scurries away. And when confronted by a dog, a cat hisses and saunters off.
Or do they?
For one inter-species family
consisting of a rat, a cat and a dog, stereotypes are out, but giant lovefests? Totally in. Ticket the rat, Tuxedo the cat, and Scarface the pit bull live with Brian Cotrill in California and are often spotted totally happy in each other's company.
Cotrill says his animals help him in his mission to change the public's perception of the pit bull breed, which he feels has been maligned due to irresponsible owners and poor media coverage.
The proof is in the motley pudding. Scarface wouldn't do anything to harm his friends, even if they are supposed to his sworn enemies in nature. Read more about unusual animal families on PEOPLEPets.com:Abandoned White Tiger Cubs Find New Mom – in Dog Surrogate Hand-Reared Baby Squirrel Thinks He's a Kitten