With her Australian boyfriend otherwise occupied, Miley Cyrus turned to another loyal companion to accompany her to the recording studio yesterday - her puppy Mate.
The Hannah Montana star, who was dressed down in tracksuit pants and a vest, turned up for a session in Hollywood with the white German shepherd in tow.
The 10-week-old dog's name was inspired by her current love, Melbourne-born actor Liam Hemsworth, who got her hooked on the using the word.
Mate was a gift from her parents, who wanted her to have a dog just like one her father Billy Ray owns.
The 17-year-old says she was 'stoked' by the fluffy present.
On her official blog Miley wrote: 'It's so great that Mate is a puppy so I can take him everywhere. But it won't be long until he's his full size!'
She then joked that it would be 'a bit more difficult to fit him in my Prius' when Mate is fully grown, as he could weigh up to 125lbs (9st).
Miley met Hemsworth, 19, on the set of the coming-of-age drama The Last Song, which is set for release in April.
Just last week Miley sparked rumours of engagement after she stepped out wearing a sparkling ring on her left hand.
But her spokesperson denied the pair have plans to marry.