Like the adorable duos Theo and Beau and Zoey and Jasper, Carter and Toby demonstrate the amazing friendship and love between children and dogs. Toby, a rescue pup who has adopted by Devin and Jake Crouch in early 2011, has been watching over his human brother since Carter’s birth in October of the following year.
After nearly two years of playing, sleeping, and eating together, the pair have formed an inseparable bond of unconditional love. Devin, Carter’s mother, documents their cute adventures on Instagram, capturing each sweet moment between these two best friends. Although rescue dogs sometimes have the bad rap of being disobedient or dangerous, the images show that Toby is incredibly patient and gentle with Carter, letting him cuddle and lie down on him. The toddler, in return, is completely unafraid of Toby, giving his pooch plenty of kisses, petting, and treats.
“This bond between them was evident to us even before Carter was born,” Devin told the Daily Mail. “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.” By sharing the photos and the story of Carter and Toby, the family hopes to not only record memories of this precious time, but also to raise awareness for rescue dogs everywhere.