There’s nothing more adorable than a tiny little puppy, and nothing beats the feeling of taking one home to your family to love and take care of it.
Sometimes, they grow so quickly, you forget just how little they were – and how much bigger they ended up than your ever imagined possible.
Let’s take a moment to salute those teeny-tiny puppies who totally outgrew themselves – and their owners.
Read on for 29 incredibly cute pics of puppies on the day of their adoption, compared to how they look today.
Who’s A Good Boy
SQUEAL! Just look at that tiny little face on this heartbreakingly sweet puppy. Excuse us while we just lie down and die from the cuteness on display here. We just cannot.
Fast forward till this puppy is all grown up, and his owner can barely get her hands around him!
We bet this dog still has no idea how big he is, and wants to jump on laps for cuddles and snuggles at all times.
We’d let him, no matter how many lamps or limbs he might break.
by crystal.the.shepsky / IG
All Growed Up
We admire the commitment to continuity here. If you look closely, the owner is wearing the same pajamas in both photos!
The photos have also been taken in the same spot, next to that chest.
It would have been extra cool if the clock had been in both snaps – showing the same time.
But who cares about the background when your TINY PUPPY HAS TURNED INTO A MYTHICAL WOLF BEAST OF BEAUTY?!
The wolf beast looks so happy and proud, too. “Look, Mom! I growed!”
We’re not crying. You’re crying.
Oh my god. The look on this owner’s face in both pics really says it all.
It’s overwhelming enough the day you bring a heart-squeezingly adorable new puppy into your life.
But nothing can prepare you for the astonishing cuteness of comparing their fully grown selves to that first baby pic.
We feel you, overwhelmed and emotional owner. We’re right there with you.
The pose of his dog in the second pic just makes it even more adorable – he doesn’t understand what all the fuss about. He’s just shrugging like, “what?”
Nothing to worry about, big guy. All good here.
Woahhh! This dog didn’t just grow up, but it possibly grew into several new enormous dogs, who then formed together to create one giant Superdog.
What we especially love about this one is the change in the dog’s facial expressions – as a puppy, he looks distinctly unimpressed. He’s like “why you pick me up? Who you? Sleepy time now.”
As an adult, an enormous, oversized adult, his vibe is more “YAY! BEACH TIME WITH BAE!”
We just wish we could see this behemoth babe bundling into the sea. That would truly be a sight of utter joy.
Don’t mind us, we just need to quickly go and buy a new heart, because ours have exploded all over the place. BRB.
What is particularly moving about this picture is not just how EXQUISITELY SMALL AND PERFECT this beautiful boy was as a puppy, but it’s the clear bond that has clearly developed between him and his owner over time.
Just look at that connection in the second picture. We just cannot.
Man’s best friend, guys. It’s not just a saying. It is life.
OMG! Private Perfect Pooch, reporting for duty!
We just hope that this adorable good boy wasn’t away from his owner for too long. It looks like he has been serving in the military the length of this dog’s life. (It also looks like he hasn’t aged at all? What’s your secret, military man?)
We think perhaps there was a bit of separation at least – just look at that unrestrained joy in the dog’s all-grown-up face. He’s like, “Yay! Bae is back!” while positively convulsing with delight.
Must have been pretty hard to keep hold of, to think of it. Well done, soldier!
Circle of Life
Oh holy hell. This one is UNBEARABLY ADORABLE.
Who hasn’t lifted up their newly acquired puppy in a Simba-esque display of devotion and joy?
Fast forward a couple of years, and an attempt to do this literally leaves you consumed by dog.
It almost looks like the dog is levitating by himself, but if you look very closely, you can see some tiny human feet sticking out at the bottom. And one flimsy human arm deep in the folds of this handsome hound’s luscious coat.
Consumed by dog. That’s how we’d like to go.
HEART SHAPE! This little girl is almost as adorable as her tiny, perfect puppy.
Is there any joy deeper than that of a little girl receiving a longed-for puppy?
Probably not, except perhaps the joy a dog feels every day when their owner comes home, hugs them, gives them food, or simply exists.
That waggy-tailed, unbridled delight at your very presence – every. Dang. Day.
Their unwavering happiness and love towards us is just so pure. We don’t deserve dogs, really we don’t.
It’s possible that this guy bit off more than he can chew when he settled into this routine with his tiny puppy.
It’s an easy mistake to make – he committed to a position that, comfy at first, now looks like it may kill him.
Hey, who hasn’t done that before while in the throes of new love? We are certainly all guilty of that.
And new dog love, well, we’ve got no chance. All bets are off when it comes to foresight in that case.
Live for the moment, we say. The happy, fluffy, doggy cuddle moment.
Walk, Don’t Run, From… This Dog!!!
No but seriously, this fella is doubling in size again and again, at a rapidly alarming rate. Has this loving owner fed him some Skele-Gro?
Hey, we wouldn’t judge anyone for wanting to have more dog in their life.
Barbra Streisand actually loved her dog so much, she cloned her. Twice. At $50,000 a pop, it’s definitely one of the more relatable dog-owner decisions.
Whatever works for you, pup parents. We understand the struggle. Sometimes there’s just not enough dog to go round.
We are not sure which progression is more impressive here. The astounding growth of this beautiful, glossy-coated dog over time, or the expansion of his owner’s illustrious facial hair.
Either way, they are both pretty amazing. It just shows that time is one of the most powerful forces of change in life.
Time can heal a broken heart, can repair ruptured friendships, and, more importantly, can provide shiny, full-bodied tresses for both man and his dog.
We salute you, Father Time. You’ve done good work on these two.
A double whammy of puppy and baby cuteness! This one should come with a warning sign. Overload: will explode your heart into a million tiny pieces.
The look on this baby girl’s face says it all – that unadulterated joy of uniting a baby with a puppy. We should bottle this feeling and sell it around the globe – world peace would truly be just around the corner.
What’s especially adorable is that this girl may have grown up into a blossoming young woman, but the joy on that face has stayed the same.
We feel ya, girl. Hold on to that love.
Top of the World
Well, this is another one the owner could have perhaps seen coming.
What may have been a fun and adorable photo opp a few years ago, now comes with a serious risk of being crushed to death.
But seriously, this is really an incredible comparison.
The difference between the little puppy just sitting there feeling comfy, to this majestic beast who is guarding his master from harm (notwithstanding above crushing-to-death scenario), is really something.
Look at those eyes. This pooch is not letting anyone mess with his bae.
Stop Looking at Me
This guy!! His expression is just so adorable. As well as the incredible, staggering growth from tiny puppy to enormous hound, he has clearly also developed greatly as a person.
His face as a puppy is delightfully blank, clearly not thinking about anything much apart from how comfy he is right now in those sturdy hands.
Fast forward a few years, and this grown-up pup has been hit with that all-too-familiar curse of adolescence – self-consciousness.
We can feel his awks as he eyes the camera.
Don’t worry, handsome boy. We’ve all been there. It gets better.
Just look at those backgrounds! Same bookshelf, same arty photo.
Another progress photo with serious attention detail. And we mean SERIOUS.
We just love the matching looks on the faces of both this adorable pup and his owner.
The progress of your dog in growing from tiny pup to shaggy delight is certainly no laughing matter.
Well, actually it is sometimes, but clearly not for these guys.
Fair enough. We would never judge anyone for how they deal with those overwhelming dog love feelings.
The Look of Love
Well, this guy didn’t exactly grow to great heights, but he certainly still made a huge difference compared the tiny tot he started out as.
Look at how tiny and delicate he was! You can see how carefully and lovingly his owner is handling him.
And even now that he’s all grown up, he may not be quite so delicate, but she is still holding him with such love and care.
The bond between dog and (wo)man knows no bounds, truly.
Also, we like her bangs.
Aww. We are not sure who’s grown up more here, this little girl or her beloved pup!
Though they’ve both clearly been through a lot of changes, the love between these two is clear for all to see.
Growing up together, they obviously share an unbreakable bond.
This adorable pooch has grown so big, that his doting owner can’t even pick him up anymore!
However, that doesn’t seem to have stopped them enjoying every second of the time they spend together.
Nothing beats the memories made when you go through life with your dog by your side.
Sob! As well as grief for ourselves that we don’t have this dog owner’s beautiful, shiny tresses, we’re overcome with emotion at how this tiny pup has blossomed into a glorious glossy beauty.
They say dogs always look like their owners – and this good boy certainly emulated his human with his shiny locks.
We also love the overwhelmed emotional expression of her face in the first pic – replaced with a loving, relaxed attitude in the second, after years of bonding.
We won’t say anything about the foot-licking, though – that makes us feel weird in a different kind of way.
by duffyandrambo / IG
What Have I Done?
We love the look on this guy’s face throughout these progress pictures.
It’s as if he knew from the outset that he had perhaps made a terrible mistake.
Sure, this puppy looked super cute when he picked it up, but after signing on the dotted line, he clearly realized right away that things were going to get out of control.
Sure enough, as time went on, this teeny-tiny dog expanded, expanded, and took over his human’s entire body.
Sure, this owner may be a little overwhelmed, but that’s still a look of true love in those eyes.
by gurkenprinz / IG
Soooo cute! We like to think that these two best bed buddies have not moved between the taking of these two pictures.
Imagine that, a whole life in bed with your adorable little pooch. Nothing to do but snooze, cuddle, snuggle. And maybe snack. A whole lot of snacks.
You’d be so relaxed, you wouldn’t even notice that as time went on your bed bud is slowly taking up more and more of the covers.
Personal space? Who cares about things like that, when you’re this snuggly.
Dreamy. This girl and her adorable pet pooch have certainly always known how to work a camera.
From super-sweet puppy hugs, to man’s best friend professional photo shoots, this loved-up pair clearly bring out the best in each other.
You can see how this skill might develop, as well – if we had a little daughter that cute, and a puppy that adorable, we would take pictures of them constantly, too.
That’s life in front of the camera for you – you learn how to work it.
Sorry, we have to take a quick break from writing this post, because we have died.
That’s right, we took one look at these pics and we have officially expired from cuteness.
We just CAN’T. Where do we even begin with the adorableness of these guys?
There should be a law against placing a babies and puppies so close together when they are that cute. It’s seriously dangerous.
What’s more, both this dog and his human have grown up into super handsome specimens.
Give us a break. Die or drool? We just can’t decide.
Super cute! To be fair, this doggo doesn’t look like he as actually grown up that much. But is that just in comparison to the amazing transformation of his owner?
If you look at the fence to her side, you can really see just how much she has shot up over the years.
We love the attention to detail here too – the inward position of her feet, the exact same posture, the position of her hands – it’s perfect.
However much this lovely lady and her pooch have grown, they are truly a gorgeous pair in both pics.
Another one where the human here seems to have grown up more than his dog.
Perhaps years of lying on top of him has stunted this poor pooch’s growth?
We don’t think so. If we were this guy, we would steal a snuggle with this adorable pup every chance we would get.
Even if that means snatching him in a full-body tackle onto the kitchen floor.
Artfully recreated, this one is a real gem – just look at the cupboard in the background!
We appreciate the commitment in this photo – to the continuity, as well as this guy’s obvious love for his little friend.
So sweet! The special bond between these two is clear for everyone to see. What even is the point of having a pup, if not to utterly transform and elevate your nap time?
We can see why this girl has kept her doggo in bed with her for the duration of both their lives – once you sleep with puppy snuggled up to you, you can never go back.
Sleepless nights ahead for anyone who has a one-off shluff with someone else’s dog – you’ve been warned.
Wowser! Now that is what you call a growth spurt. You can see how pleased this owner is with how spectacularly his big boy has grown up.
The look of love on his face is so acute in both pics – it’s making us emotional just to look at them.
In the first pic, it’s a look of protective admiration – like he wants to look after this little bundle of joy in his arms forever.
In the second, you can see a slight grimace as he struggles to manage the weight of his not-so-little friend – but the pride at how his baby has grown, is palpable.
Mix and Match
Aww! Look at how this little boy has shot up, with his best friend by his side throughout.
We also like how in adolescence, he’s grown his hair to match his furry friend’s flappy ears. Now that’s dedication.
We are not quite sure why exactly he’s holding the dog by the neck in both pictures, though. That seems a little odd.
Perhaps it was just a random pose he struck as a child, and now they are stuck with it, if they want to recreate it properly.
Well, this guy certainly did a great job growing up!
As if he wasn’t cute enough as a puppy, just look at the incredibly handsome hound he has turned into.
And his owner seems to know it, too – she looks pretty pleased with herself in both pics.
We think this gal certainly knew what she was doing when she adopted this little guy – you can see in her face in the first pic, she’s thinking, “I’ve got a good one here.”
As the second pic shows, she wasn’t wrong.
Well, stick these guys into our coffee, because they’d certainly sweeten it up.
Just look at that sunny smile in both photos – that’s the grin of a guy who’s had a happy few years.
And how could you not, with a beautiful dog like that by your side.
We all know the saying “I get by with a little help from my friends”, but often, it’s man’s real best friend who can see you through the ups and downs of life.