Sometimes, the prince in a real-life fairy tale turns out to be furry and four-legged.
And when you kiss a frog but it doesn't work out, a wolf might be more of what you need.
For photographer Amanda Tromp, her knight in shining armor turned out to be a Siberian Husky puppy with bright blue eyes and a love of the outdoors.
Tromp had been dating a man for around four months when she responded to a Craigslist ad about a litter of husky puppies whose young mother was having trouble caring for them. The mother wouldn't feed them, so Tromp offered to help bottle-feed the puppies and find them homes. She brought home the largest from the litter and named him Kyro.
Soon after, Tromp noticed her ex-boyfriend flirting with other women in person, online, and over the phone. He became increasingly aggressive and controlling, and questioned her every move.
"This progressed and I stopped leaving the house, stopped returning home to my parents out of fear of setting him into a rage," Tromp tells HLN. "The hitting began shortly after this. Anytime he was stressed, upset, feeling insecure -- I became the punching bag."
Her texts and calls from her family and friends went unanswered. Tromp retreated into a shell that shrouded her pain with a smile, her only escape being the comfort of her furry friend.
Then her ex-boyfriend hit Kyro.
After leaving, with support from her family, friends, current boyfriend and, of course, Kyro, Tromp began to catalog her adventures across the Pacific Northwest from behind a camera lens.
Her favorite subject? Her hero, Kyro the husky.
"Our adventures became my healing and I found my passion and dreams through our mutual love for the outdoors," she says. "To this day, when I look in his big blue eyes, I know he knows I saved him and he saved me."
Her family's nickname for the duo, "Goldilocks and the Wolf," became the title for her photography business, and it fits just right.