13-year-old Matt from Australia wanted a dog badly but his parents didn’t allow him to get one. They gave him an alpaca instead. It may be hard to believe but it turned out to be the best decision ever! Matt and his 2-year-old Chewy are now inseparable.


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“Chewy surprises us many days with his quirky ways,” Matt’s mom told Bored Panda. “He can be very stubborn and persistent when he really wants to be and has his own very definite style in communicating his needs, wants and moods. He is very protective of family members and  responsive in showing support when one of us, in particular, Matt, is distressed. I can only recall one situation when Matt was upset that his pet baby turtle had passed and Chewy came inside to where Matt was and sat next to him the whole time. Like he sensed what was going on and wanted to support Matt.

“Chewy visits the alpaca farm he came from once a year in December where is shorn, has his nails and teeth checked and is is vaccinated if need be,” the mom added. “Chewy is a great pet Alpaca, not necessarily better than dogs but I would say he is low maintenance in contrast to some other  pets.”

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13 y/o Matt wanted a dog badly but his parents got him an alpaca instead

They had a feeling he would make a better pet…

And they were right!

His name is Chewpaca (or Chewy) and he’s downright awesome!

They call him Chewy because he literally chews anything

“Chewy is a great pet Alpaca…he is low maintenance in contrast to some other pets,” Matt’s mom told Bored Panda

“Chewy surprises us many days with his quirky ways”

“He can be very stubborn and persistent when he really wants to be”

“And he has his own very definite style in communicating his needs, wants and moods”

“Chewy is very protective of family members and responsive in showing support when one of us, in particular, Matt, is distressed”

“I can only recall one situation when Matt was upset that his pet baby turtle had passed…”

“Chewy came inside to where Matt was and sat next to him the whole time…”

“Like he sensed what was going on and wanted to support Matt”

Watch the two strolling along the beach here:

Chewy the Alpaca!When 14-year-old Matt wasn’t allowed to get a pet dog, he adopted a different kind of best friend – An alpaca! ‘Chewy’ is now a big part of the family and even has an Instagram account to keep fans updated on his adventures! <3 #9Today

Posted by TODAY on Monday, 28 March 2016

 

Thank you, Matt and your mom, for talking to Bored Panda about your wonderful pet!