Forget time, tears or chocolate — let’s be honest, the cure for anything is actually puppies. Unfortunately, though, pups don’t stay small and cute forever, as every dog owner quickly finds out. But while these pooches might have gone from minuscule to mammoth in a matter of months, the bond they share with their humans has grown bigger and stronger, too.
And it certainly helps that grown-up dogs will have some pretty adorable personalities. Take this golden retriever, for instance: it doesn’t have quite the same fluffy face or puppy dog eyes as it did when young, but it still knows how to make an entrance.
And it’s not just human pals that pups make when they’re young, either. These two furry friends, for example, are still going strong all these years later, judging from the caption to this adorable pic – “buddies for life.”
Scotty the Rottweiler could barely see over the coffee table when he was just a pup. But just look what a difference a year makes: now he looks like he could easily hurdle over the table, the sofa and the chair all in one go.
Redditor Gordondel took this pic of his new Labrador pup outside his parents’ house near the Belgian capital of Brussels. Ten years on, then, he returned to the same spot to re-enact the photo — albeit with a lot more hair.
This Pembroke Welsh corgi pup made a very strategic decision in claiming the glass coffee table for his bed. He can still see what’s going on around him, but no-one else can climb in. And it seems he’s still determined to stay put all these years later.
Redditor FalconPunchh uploaded this before-and-after image of his husky being cradled like a newborn baby. And from the ecstatic look on the dog’s face in this “after” pic, it still believes that it’s not too old for cuddles just yet.
This is River, the English Staffordshire terrier, looking a little intimidated by the big, bad world around her when she was just a young pup. Two years later, though, and she now looks like she owns the place; the chair, meanwhile, hasn’t aged so well. “I blame the damage to the chair on River,” said her owner. We can only imagine what became of that toy…
Invite a Great Dane pup into your bed, and you have a super cute photo to melt even the most cynical of hearts. Invite an adult Great Dane to sleep in your bed, however, and you risk a permanent neck injury. This big beauty is Vesta, and despite her gigantic size her owner still says that she’s “my baby.”
You could fit a whole litter of snoozing puppies in that bed. But just one year later, and it seems as if Turbo the golden retriever has finally grown into his digs.
Here’s proof that Labradors are cute in every color. These three little pups have no doubt gone through teething, toilet training and vaccinations together, and now they’re BFFs for life.
Here’s Pixel, an aptly named Yorkshire terrier, when she was a mere three days old. Ten months later, though, and the little palm-sized pup has definitely outgrown her teeny tiny collar.
This gorgeous German Shepherd pup looks very much like a guard dog in the making, even at such a young age. We suspect that it’s moved a little from the spot in the 12 months following that first snap, though…
Coal, the camera-shy collie, made an incredibly cute pup at seven weeks old. But although he’s still every bit as handsome at seven years old, it seems that he’s still never quite learned to love the camera.
Swedish Redditor kaffetermos uploaded this picture to illustrate just how much his chocolate Labrador pup had grown in the space of three months. Which at least must make hide and seek a bit less of a challenge these days.
Cuddle time has become a dangerous sport in this household. Because this St. Bernard pup must have eaten solidly for two whole years to account for its growth spurt, as the owner trapped underneath would probably agree.
This golden Labrador might have outgrown everything else, but it’ll never outgrow its fluffy polar bear toy. Napping buddies for life.
This coconut-loving canine has found the best teething toy around. And three years later, he looks like he’s just about cracked it.
At eight weeks, bull terrier Herman could almost squeeze himself through the gate towards freedom. Cut to eight months on, though, and the situation is looking a lot more secure.
This boxer didn’t find it funny the first time the new pup climbed atop him and settled in for the night. Three months and a few extra pounds later, though, and it’s even less amusing.
There’s 14 years between these before and after shots, but the affection between this girl and her furry friend is still clear to see. Although, as one imgur user commented, “That’s not a pup anymore, that’s a loyal guardian.”