When Ian Somerhalder isn’t smouldering up our TV screens as Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries, he’s playing the role of dutiful dad to a brood of playful pups!

However, caring for a litter of six-week-old puppies isn’t all puppy kisses and snuggles, it also takes a lot of hard work, especially when the pups are teething. On November 19, Ian tweeted a photo of the mischievous puppies with the caption: “My living room right now-what @thejram is having to deal with right this very second. Puppies destroying everything!”

Credit: Ian Somerhalder Instagram Photo: Ian Somerhalder's Puppies

Aww! Even though they might be tearing up Ian’s living room, the TVD actor could care less. We know love at first sight when we see it!

The story of Ian’s litter is kind of a dramatic one. He rescued his dog, Nietzsche, near the TVD stages in Atlanta in August, only to find out shortly after when Nietzsche went to get spayed that the little gal was pregnant! He took the news in stride, and was very excited for the birth, documenting every second of it. Ex-girlfriend Nina Dobrev was even there to witness the happy occasion! (Who wouldn’t want an opportunity to play with puppies?)

We think Ian is turning into quite the proud papa when it comes to raising these pups. We can’t wait to see what milestones they hit next!

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!