They say dog is man’s best friend, and that really is the case for one pair who have more than 5,000 Instagram followers
Carter and Toby have been inseparable even since before Carter was born in their home town of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
Carter’s parents, Devin and Jake Crouch have been documenting their progress on picture-sharing app Instagram and they now have more than 5,000 followers.
Devin, 26, who has no previous photography experience, said: “The bond that Carter and Toby share is absolutely incredible.
“The first Carter and Toby photos started the day Carter came home from the hospital, when we noticed how protective Toby was over him.
“Toby stayed close to his new brother and would follow anyone who would hold Carter.
“We realised that the two of them would always have a special relationship and we thought an Instagram account would be a great way to document their lives together.”
The couple rescued Toby in June 2011 and Carter was welcomed to the family 16 months later.
Devin said: “This bond between them was evident to us even before Carter was born.
“While I was on bed rest, Toby, who was not allowed in our bedroom at the time, would sneak up and lay at the end of the bed to make sure I was okay.
“He could tell that something was going to happen that was going to change his world.”
Devin says the bond between Carter and Toby only grows as time passes.
She said: “It continues to amaze us as parents.
“Toby is incredibly loyal and patient, as Carter is the centre of his world.
“Carter loves his “puppy brother” and always wants to be right next to Toby.
“As Carter has gotten older, their relationship has evolved from Toby being his protector, to Toby being his play companion and best friend.”
Animal-lover Devin first started the Instagram account to shed a positive light on the adoption of animals.
But as the number of followers steadily increased, the couple decided to use the account as a photo journal for Carter.
Devin said: “It feels great to be able to share these special moments with the world and to promote rescues.
“We look forward to giving Carter the journal so he can see the photos and incredibly kind words from complete strangers.
“We feel very blessed that it has given us the platform to shed positive light on the adoption of animals.”