There’s nothing sweeter than seeing dogs and puppies together in heartwarming photos. This is especially true if it’s a picture of a mama dog with her precious baby boy or girl. While we humans might brag about being “dog moms” and about how much we love our “fur babies,” there’s no comparison to how an actual pooch feels about her little ones.
The Sweet Bond Between Mama Dogs and Puppies
One of the main reasons why the relationship between a mother dog and her baby is so important is because puppies are essentially helpless when they’re first born. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), newborn pups are born without the ability to see, hear, or walk. Furthermore, their motor skills are basically nonexistent. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial during the first few weeks after puppies are born that their moms give them their full and undivided attention, helping them with everything they need to survive and thrive. “What you’ll see on day one is a mother who doesn’t want to be away from her pups for more than a second,” said Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of NYC’s Animal Medical Center in an interview with AKC.
But this doesn’t mean that the family bond ends once the puppies are able to stand on their own four paws. Some studies suggest that dogs still recognize their mothers as their parents as they get older, even if they’ve been separated for years, according to Psychology Today. When Irish researchers instructed dogs to sniff two different cloths — one with the scent of their mom they were separated from and one with the smell of an unfamiliar female dog — they showed a clear preference for the cloth bearing their mother’s scent. The same was true for the dog moms, who highly preferred the cloth with their offspring’s smell, even though they had been away for an extended period of time. Even though dogs can be independent from their parents once they grow up, it’s so wonderful to hear that they don’t forget where they came from. Clearly, their moms taught them well!
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Dog With Puppy Relaxing in the Grass
The sweetest moments in life are the ones that we spend with those we love. Clearly, this dog mom completely understands that powerful sentiment while she rests in the grass with her baby. Just look at the sweet smile on her furry face! It's almost as if she doesn't see the rest of the world around her when she's enjoying her time with her precious pup. All that matters is that her beloved baby is having fun on a nice day. What mom out there can't relate to treasuring a day like this?
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Dog Feeding a Litter of Puppies
It's hard work taking care of a whole litter of pups, but this dog mama is fiercely devoted to her job. (After all, being a mom is one of the most important jobs on the whole planet.) No matter how long it takes, this doggo wants to be sure all her precious babies get all the nourishment and fulfillment they need. Even sweeter than her devotion and dedication to her work is the huge smile on her face as she feeds them — you can just tell instantly that she loves them with all of her heart!
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Puppy Dog Kissing Mother Dog
As if Dachshunds weren't adorable enough already, this Fido family photo ups the cute factor for these popular dogs even more. The puppy kissing his or her mom is a beautiful depiction of dog family bonding at its finest — especially considering how much the pup has already grown up. Even though the little doggo is no longer a totally helpless newborn, it's clear the little furry baby still relies on Mom to give the best snuggles and cuddles after a long day of playtime and relaxation. What dog mom could say no to that?
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Vintage Photo of Mother Dog With Her Litter of Puppies
Can you believe this photo of a mama dog and her pups dates back to the 1950s? Minus the black-and-white design, we swear that this picture could've been taken yesterday — just look at those incredibly detailed smiles! It just goes to show that dog moms have been adoring their little babies for years on end. On top of that, we have to admire how fiercely protective that dog mama looks standing behind her precious pups — that's certainly one proud parent that we wouldn't want to mess with.
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Dog Teaching Puppy How to Play
Dogs aren't born knowing how to be the playful and lively creatures that we all know them to be when they come home to us as our pets. Before they can meet us and enjoy our company, they need their mamas to show them the ropes of how to take care of themselves — and enjoy themselves, too. Luckily, this dog mama is more than happy to show her adorable pup how to properly bask in the glow of a day outside. The little boy or girl will surely be picking up that ball to play fetch in no time!
Dog and Puppy Smiling Together
You know what they say: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Even though this mama dog and her pup are looking in opposite directions, we can't help but notice that they share practically the same facial expressions. How adorable is it that they're so in sync even when they're not looking directly at each other? This sweet photo proves that no matter what path the little ones take, they always remember the (positive) lessons their parents taught them. Is it just us, or does this remind us of our own kids? Too touching for words!