MANíS best friend may be his dog . . . but this dogís best friend is a pigeon.
Unlikely pals Jester the Shetland Sheepdog and his feathered friend Gonzo the pigeon can often be found snuggling up together on the sofa.
The pair bonded when Jesterís animal-loving owner took in Gonzo after she was found by builders abandoned on a construction site.
Gonzo was taken to a veterinary surgery in North Shields where staff said she would either need to be carefully hand-fed or they would have no choice but to put her down.
Big-hearted veterinary nurse Pauline Marshall couldnít bear the thought that the little birdís days might be numbered so she took her home.
She called the chick Gonzo after the Muppets character because of her distinctive-looking beak.
Against all the odds, Gonzo survived and grew into a healthy adult bird.
Jester, who was also rescued by Pauline, who works at First Vets in Heaton, Newcastle, became firm friends with his flighty housemate and they have become inseparable.
So close is their bond that loyal Gonzo has refused to fly the nest.
Meet the dog who's best friend is a pigeon - Sunday Sun