Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder may be dating the gorgeous and talented Nikki Reed, but she’s not the only special lady in his life. We’re talking, of course, about Ian’s dog Nietzsche! If you don’t know the story of these two, then you are missing out. Check out the adorable Instagram Ian just shared of himself and his “baby girl”!


“CHECK THESE OUT! THE MOST COMFORTABLE HOODIE ON THE PLANET! Hanging in the grass with my baby girl. AWESOME new ISF hoodies!! Neitzsche not included.. sorry,” Ian captioned the photo of himself in an Ian Somerhalder Foundation sweatshirt, using Nietzsche as a pillow. He also included a link to the ISF merchandise, along with the request: “GET THEM, HELP US CHANGE THE WORLD, BE COMFORTABLE, BE WARM & LOOK GREAT! Thank you. So. Much.”

Ian seems pretty ecstatic to be back with his pets after a TVD production hiatus that saw him traveling the world for the ISF Foundation. On his first day back on the TVD set, Ian shared a photo of himself with cat Moke, captioned: “Being a Dad... Morning vet visit with moke before heading to my 1st Day of work for SEASON 6 of The Vampire Diaries! Wow, how did this happen??? I'll tell you how:you all are the greatest audience on the planet! Thank you for all of your love and support over these years- none of this could possible with out you! See you at Comic Con, then Teen Choice Awards, Then Emmy weekend, then in my dreams. Huge love to you all! Love, Ian.”

It’s hard not to be charmed by a guy who not only spends every other social media update thanking his fans, but who is so in love with his pets.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!