A Dachshund who was left devastated by the death of his husky best friend has made new pals with a cat – and the pair love going on adventures together.
Trout the sausage dog and Angus the Bengal cat have become inseparable ever since the feline was introduced into the family by owner Joni last year.
Videos shared to their dedicated Instagram account @live.life.unleashed show how they never leave each other’s side.
They regularly accompany owner Joni on her hikes in mountains surrounding their home in Gunnison County, Colorado.
And one clip even shows how they play with each other as if they were siblings and of the same breed.
In an exclusive interview with Daily Star Online, Joni explained that she decided to buy Angus after Trout became “lonely and sad” following the death of her beloved 13-year-old husky, Mr Fox.
“I knew he needed a buddy, but my heart was still way too broken to get another dog,” she said.
“I’ve never owned a cat before, so I didn’t really know what to expect with Angus.”
“I thought it would be a good solution since cats are lower maintenance than a big dog, and at least Trout would have company (though I didn’t expect the friendship to be so intense).”
Joni has always taken her pets with her on her hiking trips and so decided to do the same when Angus came along.
She continued: “I knew there would be extra challenges with a cat, but given how bonded he was to us and Trout, the idea of leaving him home alone absolutely broke my heart.
“From day one we just tried to normalise travelling with him.”
The pet owner lists visiting Moab in Utah as the most memorable trip with Angus and Trout to date.
A video of the trip shows eager Trout leading the way in the Mars-like landscape while a more cautious Angus studies his surroundings while on a lead.
When they go out on walks, both pets go into “mission mode”.
“Trout is usually about 20 feet or more ahead of us and definitely likes to lead the way,” Joni added. “Angus is quite a bit slower to walk with, but he doesn’t usually need a whole lot of coaxing until he gets really tired.”
But this changes as soon as they stop to take breaks as they go back to “their normal selves”.
The pet owner, in her 30s, added: “They will play and wrestle and just hang out- similar to the way any dog friends might act.”