A four-year-old American girl's bond with her devoted Doberman puppy is winning hearts on Instagram.
Siena Prucha's mum documents her daughter's exploits with 80-pound pup Buddha on Instagram account Cutie and the Beast: A Little Girl and Her Big Doberman.
Seattle-based Tara Prucha initially intended the account to be a way of sharing pictures with family and friends, but the pair's unlikely friendship quickly attracted attention and two years on they have a staggering 129,000 followers.
Prucha explained to Today.com: “I took a tonne of photos and wanted to share them with everyone, and then all these random people became diehard fans.”
Siena and two-year-old Buddha do everything together, including sleeping, reading, bathing - and even having manicures.
Prucha said that she hopes Cutie and the Beast will highlight how “gentle" the imposing-looking breed can be.
“Dobermans are also known as ‘Velcro dogs’, they just want to be with their one human,” she said. “And he has obviously chosen my daughter.”
“She doesn't have a single toy or play set she adores,” Prucha added. “For her, that's Buddha.”