When it comes to dogs, does no really mean no? Look at those big innocent eyes, the wagging tail, that cute way they lick their behind and then your face. It would take an absolute stone-cold stoic to refuse that puppy love when it’s brought home. Or a monster, just saying.
Check out these parents who took a hard stance and then later had their hearts absolutely incinerated by their pets. I see your firm dad ‘no’ and I raise you one golden retriever puppy.
These Cuddle Buds
You could look at this photo and say ‘that doesn’t seem like the dad changed his mind about having a dog.’ Oh, contraire my friend. This is an example of a dad-pupper bond that eclipses all else. The dad is so comfortable with the dog he didn’t even wake up to a paw in the eye.
These two are so in sync that they’re probably having the same dreams right now. The dog is going to wake up feeling the urge to mow the lawn and the dad is going to have a strong craving for kibble.
If You Love Something Put It On A Blanket
This dog has graduated to the highest level of novelty praise that a mother can offer. Even more coveted than the coffee-mug photo, the blanket portrait means for certain that this guy has solidified his place in the family.
This blanket is a portion of a two-part endeavor. Check out the pumpkin costume, the leaves in the background, and the soft vignette focus on the camera – this was an autumn photoshoot. Move over babies sitting on piles of leaves for the doting mom, this dog is here to bask in all the love and attention.
These Two Netflix Marathoners
Reddit user Zukinicat said that his dad, ‘said he didn’t want to adopt my brother’s dog.’ This isn’t only an adoption here sir – this is full-blown commitment. There is no greater commitment than starting a new Netflix series with someone, and it’s only to be done if you love them unconditionally.
Think about it, their schedules probably don’t always match up. The dad has work, while the dog has a hectic schedule of naps, walks, and growling at walls – they have to schedule in advance to fit some good quality time in. This is stable adult love.
Hi Son, You’ve Been Replaced
This dog has achieved the coveted spot as the subject of the impromptu ‘you look so cute right now’ photoshoot and stands as an equal in the dad’s eyes. This son should be worried about his inheritance right about now.
This Boston Terriror’s ascension isn’t going to stop with brother status. No, no. He’ll soon be moving up to a high managerial position at the company the son works at, then taking the family name and crest. ‘Hi brother,’ more like ‘hi soon-to-be-underling.’
This Pug’s Been Immortalized
For a mom who adamantly didn’t want a dog before, immortalizing her dog forever seems like a pretty big change. It doesn’t matter if it’s on a salt holder – this symbol of love is equivalent to building a Taj Mahal in the dog’s honor.
Too bad that the artist didn’t capture the little drip of drool on the corner of the pug’s mouth or the vacant and vaguely concerned look in the dog’s eyes. Those would have better captured the likeness of this guy. Actually, it’s probably better they were left out.
This Smol Neck Warmer
You know this dog wormed its way into this dad’s heart by showing its skills as a neck warmer. The dad was probably putty in the dog’s hands after the nice feeling of its 2-pound body supporting his vertebrae. Ah, yes, right there.
This dad would probably run into trouble at airports if he tried to bring him on as a neck pillow, though he would definitely try. If the cuteness of this dog got him to change his mind about dogs then maybe it could get him to change his preferred travel method. Hello trains with no TSA.
Dressed Fur The Occasion
For a couple of parents who ‘didn’t want a dog,’ getting two and dressing them up in starched white shirts for an event is a giant leap and a double-down into dog parenthood. Whatever the occasion was, it just got 10000% better the moment that this squad rolled through the door looking fresh.
The best part of this photo is the pure joy on both of these parents’ faces as they hold up these doggos. Are they showing off their craftsman skills at making tailored clothing pieces for quadripedal, or are they showcasing their good boys? Either is totally understandable.
He Dressed Her In A Family Heirloom
Reddit user pleasecreatemyacc says that their, ‘dad dressed the dog he didn’t want in my childhood dress he kept for his first granddaughter.’ In his eyes, the dog is the baby – which is a feeling most pet parents can relate to.
You see those little hellions grow up, take their first baths, bite another kid at daycare, and get fleas for the first time, so it’s fitting that you include them in your family traditions. Plus, when the granddaughter comes along, the dress will have the soothing smell of new puppy on it. Ahhh, relaxing.
That’s A Weird Looking Baby
‘My dad didn’t want a dog at first’ seems to translate into major dog-babying behavior. Reluctant dog dads fall back on the parenting skills they already have in response to a cute thing they don’t know how to handle. Pretty soon he’s going to be teaching this dog her multiplication tables at the dinner table.
What’s even cuter about this photo is the little picture of Big Bird on her chest. Does she even watch Sesame Street? Her face says yes. That pensive and slightly confused stare can only be from learning the mysterious value of sharing.
Hold Me Closer Giant Dancer
This initially reluctant dad taught his big dog how to hug. How insanely out of this world cute is that? Hugs from a giant dog are just intrinsically better than human hugs. Just make sure he doesn’t feel the need to hug a child. He might make starting tight end this year.
These two look so pleased with themselves for being able to do this. It’s probably the best trick someone could teach their giant pet. Playing dead is too gruesome, start learning how to grab a partner and sway like Tony Danza.
This Tender Moment
This dad may not have known the value of pug cuddles before he said no to the dog – but he definitely does now. We’ve stumbled upon a tender moment in the Savannah of the living room. Here we can see a wild father-figure tamed by the soft fur of a pug sitting on his belly.
The way this dog looks is super patient and ready for it all. This guy definitely has been subjected to the prolonged dad-bear-hug before and enjoys it. Let’s leave these two in peace to enjoy their moment.
This Mom Who Reused Children’s Stuff
This definitely used to be a child’s bed and 100% used to be the kid’s blanket and toys. This mom knows the value of the ol’ reduce-reuse-recycle mantra because why not get another use out of those expensive children’s things? Doesn’t matter if it’s a dog. Dogs need sleep too.
This photo is great because this dog bed is levels above any of its other dog bed isotopes and it comes from a mom who didn’t even want a pet. Every other dog that comes over probably gets incredibly jealous of this dog’s sweet digs. Too bad, losers.
One For The Road
This is a rare photo of a road hog with his road dog. Make no mistake, these two may look cute together, but they’re out here with yellow line fever burning rubber in the midday sun. This is major partner-in-crime energy.
The dog looks like he’s giving directions to the dad on where to go. He’s definitely the one that wears the pants in this reluctant relationship. Also, who took the photo? Are we witnessing the first dog to grow thumbs to take photos with a phone, because he’s so advanced with his directional capabilities? Folks, here’s the missing link.
These Drinking Buds
This mom definitely wasn’t considering the possibility that a dog would offer her a potential drinking partner when she said ‘no’ for the first time. Think about it — dogs can’t judge you based on how much wine you’ve had, they’re always down to cuddle, and if you’re drunk enough, you could try and ride them. You’ll probably have minimal success, but that’s a side concern.
These two are meant to be together. Really, everyone knows how great red wine and chocolate go together. Chocolate labs are even better because they’re full-bodied and are highly unlikely to drink your beverage themselves.
From The Shelter To The Sweet Potato
Reddit user SpeccCRA writes that when their dog, ‘was a puppy, my mom refused to even touch him for months. Now, she cooks and gives him sweet potatoes every day.’ This is just way too adorable – you know you’re truly accepted as part of the family when mom cooks you an awesome sweet potato. Yukon gold just won’t cut it.
It’s hilarious that the dog is waiting for his mom to finish making the food like every kid on the planet has ever done. We’ve all been 7 and hanging off our mom’s legs wailing for mac n’ cheese.
Dad Makes Sure He’s All Tucked In
Reddit user salpalxx writes that their ‘dad didn’t want a dog… now he tucks the dog into bed every night.’ This dad is treating his dog just like you would a baby, so hopefully, he reads him some tender nighttime stories about chasing infinite squirrels so he can have pleasant dreams.
This dog looks so peaceful and content – he must know how deep his hold in his human’s heart goes. That’s clearly the restful sleep of a warrior who fought an uphill battle of trying to win a stubborn dad over and won. Rest easy dog-son.
On The First Day They’re Plugged In Together
This iPad dad learned today that there is no greater power of distraction than that of the smol doggo. Look at those eyes and that pett-able fur – there’s no way that this dad can continue to watch his show without peeking a glance at this adorable ball of fur.
This picture just shows how all your priorities change the minute you get a dog. Before the dog, there was Netflix, and before Netflix was another smaller human child. But before Netflix? Nothing. It was dark times before these two got together.
The Goodest Boy Profile Picture
You know you’ve become truly obsessed with your pet when your social media strangely begins to look like it’s theirs. Your profile picture is your dog, all your photos are of your dog, and your posts are dedicated to updating the public on vet trips and dog park shenanigans.
This dog’s placement as his dad’s Whatsapp photo is truly a new level of dog social media takeover. If you’re not careful you may forget exactly who it is you’re talking to. Wow, Sparky, that’s really smart of you to know it’s garbage day but bossy to ask me to do it.
A Splash Of Dachs
When this mom said ‘no dogs’ she clearly meant every single dog except for this one. This little dachshund has crawled its way into her heart like it did into her blanket nest. There’s no way after the first time it did this that she would hold any animosity towards the creature. It’s too pure for this world.
You can tell these two do this nightly routine every single day. It’s just business at this point and the speed at which the dachshund jumps onto the couch at exactly 8 pm is peak efficiency.
This Dad Who Picked Up Some Extra Chores
Reddit user PeppermintPhatty says that her, ‘dad didn’t want a dog. Now he hangs up both their coats to dry after it rains.’ If this isn’t a turnaround than I don’t know what is.
The highest level of love for something is if you’re willing to to do their laundry. Did that girlfriend you had in college you thought you loved do your laundry? Didn’t think so. This dad is willing to go the extra mile for the love of his life he never expected – the dog. You know it’s real because he bought them matching coats too.
The Perfect Nap Buddy
This dad wasn’t thrilled about getting a dog and had one big rule: the dog is not allowed on the couch. EVER. Looks like as soon as he fell asleep that rule barked out the window.
Now he and his pooch are the perfect naptime buddies. He even makes sure that before they drift off both are covered with a blanket for warmth. If anything, this picture is perfect proof that rules are made to be broken.
Here’s a dad who thought he would be sneaky for the love of the pooch he claimed he never wanted. He only ever let the dog nap with him like this when no one around.
Then one day, one of his kids walked in on them and snapped this photo. Now that secret love between this dad and his tiny pooch has gone public. How will they handle the spotlight together? Hopefully better than some famous couple we know.
A Package Deal
Another day, another dad who was absolutely resolute that he didn’t want a dog. And you know another thing they didn’t want? An iPad. Now he has both, and he’s never been happier.
Actually, he looks more confused in this photo than anything else, but we know he’s in love. Look how gently he’s holding the pupper! Our best guess is something on the television distracted him, even though his iPad is right there in his hand!
There’s Always Room For Two
The child who took this picture was in shock when they walked in on their dad with the family dog the first time like this. They say it happens quite a bit now, too.
We have to know, though, is the dad even comfortable? He’s halfway off the bed and could fall off at every moment. There’s no way he’s waking up refreshed, right? We guess all that matters is that the dogs has a good nap!
The Dog Is Trapped Here Forever
Not all dogs are created equal. Some just aren’t ready to go to bed when their human is. This picture is evidence. This dad decided it’s bedtime, while his dog still looks ready to run around the yard.
The real question is this; how opposed to this dog was this dad really? He seems to have fallen in love with it pretty quickly. Will he ever let go? For the sake of the pooch we sure hope so!
‘Tis The Season
At Christmas time, even the biggest grumps can find love in their hearts. This dad doesn’t look thrilled that his space is being invaded by a dog, but he also knows things could be much worse.
Plus, look how comfortable that good boi looks! He’s having sweet holiday dreams and is slowly melting the heart of the head of the house. It won’t be long until his profile picture is of himself and his soon to be best friend!
Two Dogs Are Better Than One
Whoever posted this picture wrote, “He said ‘I don’t want a dog.’ Then he said ‘I don’t want a second dog.’ Yeah dad, ok.” He looks pretty happy to have two dogs if you ask us!
When we first saw this photo, we thought maybe the dogs had interrupted him while he was cleaning. Then we realized that he just wanted to be in the best position to steal both dogs’ attention away from anyone else lurking around.
Once winter hits in most part of the United States, it gets extremely cold. Dogs might have fur, but that doesn’t mean they don’t need a little extra warmth.
This dad knows that, and he’s taken it upon himself to become a human blanket. This little pup will never go cold again! The real problem is going to be what happens when the puppy outgrows the jacket? Will the dad buy a bigger jacket just to accommodate?
The Fight Is Over
According to the poster of this picture, their dad didn’t just not want a dog, he didn’t want any pets. PERIOD. Then they brought this pup home, and instead of getting in trouble, this happened.
Now the two are inseparable. Not only do they take naps together, but they also watch television together. We’re just hoping they don’t eat and bathe together. They can go on walks together, though. Are more pets coming in the future?
No Ankle Biting
Before this dog was brought home, this dad made one thing clear: it wasn’t his dog and it needed not bite ankles. At least one of those rules has clearly been broken.
Honestly, though, who wouldn’t fall in love with that adorable pup face? It just wanted to find a home, and now it has won over the heart of the one person most opposed to it. This is truly a happy ending!
Two Lazy Bois
This dog wasn’t supposed to be allowed inside the house. The consequences were going to be real. He’d track mud everywhere and chew on the furniture. No one expected that when the big rule was broken, all the stereotypes would be too.
Now this big boi is best friends with his dad and has free reign of the house. They even pose for pictures together! Well, the dog poses for pictures. The dad just sort of sits there.
“Not A Dog Person”
One of the biggest lies this dad ever told his kids is that he just is not a dog person. Here he is proving just how badly he lied when he uttered those fateful words.
Both the dog and the dad look a little surprised here to be having their picture taken. The flash must have been on. Our favorite part about this photo is that neither one of them is smiling. Like father like son!
The Puppy Wins
We like to imagine that this photo was taken on the ride home from adopting this adorable dog. The person who posted this simply wrote, “Dad wasn’t excited about us getting a dog. Too bad puppy fell in love with him.”
Once the puppy falls in love, it’s only a matter of time before papa’s cold heart is melted. Like we said, we bet it happened on the drive home and this picture serves as proof.
15 Years Later
These two have been best friends for a long time. “My dad didn’t like the idea of getting a dog. Fifteen years later they are best friends and completely inseparable.”
When looking at this dog and we know exactly why. That is one of the most handsome bois we have ever seen. How could anyone not fall in love with that face? That dog probably never gets in trouble either. One look from those puppy dogs eyes is all it takes.
Not A Dog Person
This father was convinced he was not a dog person before becoming a dog father. The person who took this photo says their dad still lies about being a dog person even though the evidence is right here for everyone to see.
What’s really funny is that this picture probably shows him looking at pictures he took of his pups. They clearly run the house, and he’s just there to document it and deny his love.
He Doesn’t Like The Dog
Maybe there was a time when this dad was believed when he said he didn’t like the family dog. After walking in on this scene, however, he has lost all credibility.
Don’t the dog, huh? Then why are you laying on the floor petting it giving it all the puppy love you can. That looks like a pretty great head scratch going on. This probably happens once a day, this is just the first time it’s ever been seen by another person.
Always The Same Story
Can dads all over the world just admit they love dogs at this point? The amount of dads who claim not to love pooches, then fall head over heels for them is ridiculous!
Does anyone really believe this dad didn’t want the dog? He probably just thought he was going to be the only one taking care of it. And you know what? He probably is, but at this point in the relationship he doesn’t care.
Friends For Life
This dad is one of the exceptions on our list. He’s always loved dogs, but when his best friend of 14 years was put to sleep, he didn’t think he could handle another pooch.
Then this little guy was brought home and everything changed. These two clearly needed each other. Look how happy they both are! A true match made in heaven and a beautiful scene of finding happiness when all you can see is gloom.
This dad definitely is a slave to his puppy. Even though he said he didn’t want one, he now takes care of her the same way he would his own child. Of course, a lot of people view their pets as their children.
This picture was taken after he gave the dog a bath. Now he’s making sure she’s dry before he lets her loose to play with her toys and get dirty all over again.
She’s Not A Dog
For the life of this dad, he can’t understand why everyone keeps trying to tell him Ella is a dog. He doesn’t like dog, so she can’t be a dog. That’s a sound argument, right?
WRONG. This dad just needs to admit like all the rest of them that he loves dogs. It’s okay, no one is judging you by whether or not you love mutts. Really, we’re judging you for denying that you love them when you clearly do.