Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) is one proud grandpa! After unexpectedly finding out his dog Nietzsche, whom he rescued and adopted, was pregnant, Ian has helped birth, care for, and found good homes for the litter of pups. Over the weekend, he indulged in some quality time with some of his favorite pups.

Credit: Ian Somerhalder on Instagram Photo: Ian Somerhalder and His Last Puppy

“One last one, I couldn't help myself — me and @thejram holding one of the sweetest creatures on the planet,” Ian captioned the Instagram photo of himself and assistant Jessica Ramsey holding one of the dogs. “I cut this little girls umbilical cord. We raised This creature with @polivierjr from in the womb — I played classical music on headphones over Nietzsche's belly for them, sometimes Jazz. NEWS FLASH — PIT BULLS ARE THE MOST LOYAL AND LOVING DOGS ON EARTH — IT'S THE SHAMELESS AND DEVOID OF COMPASSION IDIOTS THAT HURT THESE ANIMALS AND GIVE THEM A BAD NAME. Love a Pit Bull, you'll see;)” Did you make it through that paragraph without swooning? He played music to these puppies before they were born.

If you didn’t swoon at Ian’s words, perhaps you did at the cuteness that is this pup. Ian has been sharing snapshots of their progress since the day they were born. In November, he shared this adorable pic of two of the babes staring up at the camera.

“This is what I just came home to... Beauty of insane proportions. How could anyone hurt something like this...? Love my babies. A s—t ton,” Ian tweeted Understatement of the year, gramps!

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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