When Ian Somerhalder announced that he was going to be a grandpa, we were shocked. But now we’re in awe of how great he’s doing at his new job. After helping his dog Nietzsche through birth (with the help of his friends, including co-star and ex Nina Dobrev), he’s been doting on them — and snapping adorable pics in the act.

“Little ones are here! Safe! Perfect! Mom is exhausted but happy...Thanks for all of your love beautiful world!” Ian wrote on October 10. The accompanying picture was of all five puppies snuggled up together in a pile, teeny tiny and completely adorable.

While Ian noted that all of the pups will go to new homes, one of them may be staying close to his. After Nietz gave birth, Julie tweeted at Ian and Nina, writing, “I want the one with the stripe on its head!” Aww. TVD set dog, anyone?

In all seriousness, Ian noted how lucky his dog’s pups are since they’ll all find loving families. “Nietzsche's puppies are lucky! They'll all find homes but 9,000 dogs & cats are killed in U.S. shelters each day. Please spay/neuter #adopt,” he wrote.

Until they’re old enough to leave his home, though, we’re sure he’ll be snapping some more cute photos and taking good care of them. What do you think of Julie potentially taking the one with the stripe on its head? Sound off below!


Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.