"Grandfather" Ian Somerhalder Gives His Tiny Pup a Check Up

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Ian Somerhalder is taking his grandfather duties seriously. Find out what the Vampire Diaries star was up to with his adorable new pup, who he showed off on Instagram. Ian Somerhalder is taking his grandfather duties seriously.

The Vampire Diaries star showed off one of his adorable new pups Monday, holding the tiny dog in the palm of his hand while giving her a check-up.

"Woken up every two hours on the hour by this little lady... 1st check up photo-priceless," Ian posted on Instagram Monday, along with the aww-inducing snap in which he placed a stethoscope to her chest.

Ian's ex-ladylove, Nina Dobrev, was on hand to help him deliver the pups when his dog Nietzsche give birth to a litter of eight last week in Atlanta.

"Birthing little Nietzsches...such a beautiful + equally terrifying thing to witness...the miracle of life :) Wow," Nina Tweeted, along with a snap of the new mom with her brood.

Ian also couldn't help but to dish on the birthing experience with fans, posting on Instagram, " The Babies have arrived!After an unforgettable,stressful yet magical 24 straight hrs-a sleepless night that turned into day- bonding with Aunt @thejram & Uncle @polivierjr &Nietzsche ushering some beautiful little tiny creatures into this world."

"I'm officially exhausted...They are here,safe and we're grateful for all of the positive energy you, the world sent our way. Along with some super-fancy camera work from Aunt @ninadobrev Thank you all! Love, US."

Ian adopted his new dog after finding her wandering in traffic near the Vampire Diaries set.

Not long after, he discovered that the canine was pregnant with eight little ones.


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