The Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) may just be the best pet owner in Hollywood. In August, he adopted the dog he found wandering in traffic near the TVD stages only to later discover the dog, Nietzsche, was pregnant. Eight pups were born last week, and Ian has been on grandpa duty since. Check out the adorable photo he Instagrammed earlier today.

Woken up every two hours on the hour by this little lady... 1st check up photo-priceless,” Ian captioned the photo, a snapshot of the teeny, tiny pup. In the pic, Ian is holding a stethoscope up to the puppy’s belly, and it is beyond adorable. Hard to believe that this guy can pull off playing “reformed serial killer” Damon on a daily basis!


This isn’t Ian’s first demonstration of his dedication to pets. When the cat he adopted with then-girlfriend Nina Dobrev needed to be rushed to the kitty hospital in the middle of the night, Ian was on it. And Ian was there for Nietzsche throughout her recent laborto offer praise and support.

Basically, we’ve decided he would make the best parent ever based solely on his willingness to go above and beyond whenever one of his pets needs him. Do you agree? Sound off in the comments!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 17, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, followed by a new episode of Reign.