Toddler naps with his 2-month-old puppy every day [15 pictures]

November 18, 2013 | By Abraham | 131 comments

Earlier this month, blogger Jessica Shyba and her family adopted an adorable 7-week-old mutt. They named him Theo. On his third day as part of their family, Theo joined Jessica and her toddler son Beau for afternoon snuggle time. Beau fell asleep and then so did Theo…

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The next day, he joined in the naptime ritual again. “And so began,” Shyba says, “the most organic and beautiful friendship I have ever witnessed.” Since then, every day Theo waits for Beau to fall asleep and then joins him for his two-hour snooze.

Of course, mama can hardly contain herself and is posting pictures of the cuteness on Instagram. And for that, we can all be grateful…

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131 Comments

  1. Susan says:

    This is, without a doubt, the most precious thing I’ve seen in a while! They are both just adorable, sleeping together!!

  2. DeeCee says:

    These photos are precious. When I was a child, I had a border collie named Prince who was clearly my best friend. We slept together, played together, and were inseparable until I reached my early teens. The innocence and complete trust I see in your photos reminds me of my relationship with Prince. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Shavonne & Ziva says:

    That is literally the most adorable thing I have ever seen you can tell that Theo loves his little human and vise versa

  4. Robert says:

    Too. Cute. Can’t even handle it. Each picture is cuter than the one before. The truest example of best buddies!!

    1. Amber says:

      I would LOVE to see more pictures as both Theo and Beau continue grow. This is such an amazing, wonderful, and sweet friendship, and I know that Beau will have a great companion and protector!

  5. Donnell says:

    So cute love them. When i was a child my mom tells me of a dog we had we would take naps together as well and she says no one was aloud to mess with me or come near me during nap time cause they dog would not let them. I personally don’t remember it at all i was to young but those pics reminds me of that story my mom tells me all the time.

  6. Alexa says:

    I love the dog and their friendship but I gotta say I was most impressed with your son’s clothing choices…haha so cute

  7. Marie says:

    Adorable! The pup looks like a rottie (rottweiler). The sleeping mannerisms are identical to my rottie at 8 weeks old to present (now 3). If so, rotties are SO sweet!

    1. Debbie says:

      Hey Grumpy, are you worried about the kid or the dog? In any case I’m sure they will both be fine…our dog (a Boston Puggle) loves to sleep right under the covers and ends up under peoples legs and pillows and arms…and no suffocation yet in 3 years! I would suggest you just enjoy these photos for what they are…beautiful :)

      1. mungo32 says:

        He’s referring to all the pillows and blankets. Sleeping with things like that is a leading cause of death in babies and toddlers. CPSC recommends having kids sleep in an empty crib until they are at least 18 months old. Not sure how old this kid is, he may very well be past that stage.

  8. John says:

    Well, it may look cute but the child can become alergic to dogs because if this close contact during his sleep.
    The reason is that a child that young doesn’t yet have the bacteria in his body like grownup people have.
    Interaction with other children helps to grow these faster but such close interaction with animals during this process may cause the child to take over some of the bacteria from the dog that are alien for most of humans when they grow up.

    So it’s not a problem to let the child play with the dog, but don’t let them lick the child and don’t let them sleep together.

    1. Bob says:

      No you idiot, it;s the opposite of what you say. Close contact with dogs has been SCIENTIFICALLY to reduce allergies and weaknesses caused by dumb people like you who want to remove children from NATURE. Please dont’ breed and cause more of your stupidity to continue…

      1. carolina moon says:

        Really? Somebody posts something you disagree with and by the third word you degenerate into name-calling and insults? What are you, a US congressman? Were you up all night playing internet video games and now you’re all cranky? Perhaps a medical checkup with a psych evaluation is in order.

        1. JFC says:

          Bob might have overreacted a bit, but I think we’re all a bit tired of seeing people like John stinking up posts like this with their unfounded bullcrap. I’m still waiting for someone to pop in and scream “ANIMAL CRUELTY!” at these images. Think they won’t? Give ‘em time.

      2. Stephanie says:

        Your comment is ridiculously childish. It’s fine to disagree. Perhaps you could come up with some information that differs and support it with a link to information on the subject instead of resorting to name-calling.

        Here’s 2 examples:

        Mark Lawrie, president of the Australian Veterinary Association, reassures you that for adults, co-sleeping with a dog can be considered, provided the dog is clean, healthy and has no fleas. There are very few illnesses that can be passed from a dog to a person.

        -http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/index.php?/topic/794605-co-sleeping-with-baby-%E2%80%93-and-dog/

        and the 2nd one:

        “Generally speaking, it’s all right to allow your pet near your new baby, as long as the pet is well behaved and you are there to supervise.

        It’s common for a pet, who has until recently been the focus of the family’s attention, to become jealous of a new baby. You should allow your pet to become accustomed to this new member of your household while in your presence. Continue to give your pet plenty of attention, both when your baby is present and when you have time alone with your pet. This will keep the jealous behavior to a minimum.

        If your pet shows any aggressive or hostile behavior toward your infant, you should quickly reprimand him. He’ll learn fast what behavior is allowed near the baby. If your pet doesn’t respond well to your reprimands, though, get help from a professional trainer.

        When your baby is very young, I’d recommend not allowing the family dog or cat to lick your baby’s face. This could transmit infectious material (such as feces) into the baby’s mouth or eyes. As your baby grows older, her immune system will get much stronger and she can play with and even be licked by your pet without any consequences.”

        source: David Geller, Pediatrician
        http://www.babycenter.com/404_should-i-keep-my-pet-away-from-my-newborn_9944.bc

    2. Waaaaah says:

      OH GOD! GET THEM APART! THE CHILD IS GOING TO HAVE AREACTION!!
      Nevermind, it’s just going to end up a normal human being.

    3. Jennifer says:

      Ummm wow can I please say DO YOUR RESEARCH!!!! Having pets around a child actually lowers their chances of having an allergy to them. ” The reason is that a child that young doesn’t yet have the bacteria in his body like grownup people have.” Bacteria…it is not bacteria that is present in the body, its called histamine that is present in the body. And as for the animal, its called dander that most people have an allergy to. Even adults have severe allergy to animals. And if you want to dispute my argument, I wouldn’t advise it. My son has an extremely high allergy to horses and hasn’t even been close enough to pet one. And he has been around dogs and cats majority of his life and guess what, NO ALLERGY TO THEM! My son has multiple allergies including food allergies. I do more research than the FBI cause I am an allergy mom. Sad to say your statement is invalid, sir!!!

      1. Michele says:

        Whoa. While I do agree with you that I don’t think this child being exposed to the dog early in life will cause an allergic reaction, I do have to say that the statement that bacteria are not is the body is just inaccurate. Bacteria are definitely in and on our body and do play a significant role in our digestion and immune functions. Histamine is a signal released by certain immune cells to communicate to others that they are under what they think is an attack and thus mount an immune response. It is hard to say what exactly will cause an individual to have an allergic reaction as it is multifaceted. Exposing children in small doses to different things, such as animals can help adapt them and prevent allergic immune response but exposing them too much at once can actually go the other way. Also if they are genetically predisposed to an allergy, then that will affect their chances as well. All I’m saying is that neither way is absolute. A parent just needs to take care and be attentive to any changes and know what is in their family history. John is wrong in his blanket statement and for bringing up something negative at such an innocent, beautiful post. But everyone could benefit from more research and we don’t all need to get so upset when there are absolutely adorable pictures above :).

    4. alison says:

      No you are wrong – exposure to bacteria (like animals) is what gives children the antibodies to allergens. People who were raised in clean, sterile environments are the ones to as older children develop allergies and asthma. Think of it like a virus – you cannot get a virus twice. It is the same as a dog/cat/dirt/bacteria. Children should be allowed to get dirty – it is better for their future health and with the over prescribing of antibiotics/and MRSA etc we should stop keeping children in glass cases and allow them to be children and develop whatever natural antibodies their little bodies can.

      1. kat says:

        This is just so off that it’s not even wrong. First of all, the phrase “bacteria (like animals)” is ridiculous. Animals and bacteria are completely different things. They are even more different than animals are from plants. It makes me shudder and gnash my teeth to see that phrase.

        Secondly, you DON’T WANT antibodies against allergens! If you raise antibodies against allergens, then you are allergic to the allergen! That’s what an allergy IS. People develop antibodies against all sorts of things — bacteria, viruses, proteins from animals, metals, latex gloves. When your immune system is working properly, you develop antibodies against bad stuff like dangerous bacteria and viruses. When your immune system is not working properly, you develop antibodies against the wrong stuff — like animal skin, food items, or latex. The allergic response to pets is caused by antibodies against proteins found in the animal’s skin, not by bacteria.

        The kernel of truth in this nougat-like confection of gibberish is that raising a child in an overly-sterile environment does correlate with the children getting allergies. The reasons for that are unclear, but it does seem that a little healthy dirt is probably a good thing.

    5. Laura says:

      Sorry John but you are wrong. Children raised with pets and pet dander have a lower chance of allergies than those who are not around pets!

  9. Kelli says:

    Those pictures are absolutely adorable!!!! I was trying to pick out a favorite, but the more I scrolled down, I couldn’t I loved them all!!!

    I would print them out and either put them in a photo Album (for when he grows up) or do a collage picture frame on his wall :)

  10. Melanie says:

    UH MY GAWH! I can’t even stand how cute this is!!!! Beautiful depiction of the love shared between humans and animals. Just makes me smile :-)

  11. Christopher Skyi says:

    Healthy pets carry little risk

    The important message is pretty simple: Healthy pets carry little risk of disease.
    The American Veterinary Medical Association doesn’t have a formal recommendation about pets sleeping with their humans. But “a little common sense will go a long way,” in reducing risk, says AVMA president Larry Kornegay, who affirms that zoonotic diseases are “uncommon, if not rare.”

    “I’ve been in practice for 40 years and I see the bond between people and their pets and the positive effects pets can have on humans, which I believe outweighs any risk, whether you sleep with a pet or not,” says Kornegay, who admits his own teenage daughter sleeps with the family’s miniature Schnauzer.
    Common-sense approaches include regular wellness exams for pets, parasite control, vaccinations appropriate for your geographical area, and dental care. “If people would remember to wash their hands, that would help, too,” Kornegay says.

    see http://www.nbcnews.com/id/41235440/#.UotmK8Qm0Q0

    1. Stephanie says:

      Thank you for providing a link…all these people commenting expect everyone to believe what they type without giving any evidence that they’ve been educated on the subject. I ignore any data-related comments that don’t have an associated link or an educated source for reference.

  12. Kathy Gagne says:

    The two most adorable things in this world…Babies & Puppies. Now put them together napping….my heart is melting, Absolutely Adorable!! Thank You for sharing :)

  13. Trudy says:

    Love, Love, Love these pictures! I have a 9 year old Boston Terrier that has slept with my son since he was little and my son is now 7 years old. :)

  14. JP says:

    So cute, and makes me sad having just lost my doggy suddenly in my 3rd trimester, knowing she’ll never get to be best friends w/my little guy when he arrives next month *sniff*

  15. L Shapiro says:

    Every now and then boys will be boys and on an occasion a young man might have to be disicplined with a very light slap on his bottom for doing something naughty. I pity the person who has to administer that with the pup around. If the doggie gets to be large, watchout.

    1. ash says:

      I pity whoever has to deal with your backwards approach to child rearing, lack of understanding of animal behavior, and fear of the unknown.

  16. Angel Burch says:

    This would make a great Blurb book or something like that for memories when he gets older. What a great present on his wedding day or the day their first child is born. Precious

    Angel .

  17. Stefanie says:

    Adorable. My soon to be 10 month old puppy is now 70 lbs. I took a picture of him just today laying on my 3 year old’s lap. She was loving it. Both my girls lay all over him now that he’s bigger than them, and he sometimes returns the favor.

  18. Matthew says:

    cute…could be any other puppy and baby in the world if they were put together…sucks that our society is so ignorant that this BS is what gets attention
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  19. Jack Skwat says:

    Yeah, it’s cute now, but when the dog is 13, blind and covered with tumors, the kid will have six tats, an earring and eye makeup and will be using whatever passes for ecstasy in 2026. It’s in the stars.

    1. Jacob says:

      Take it easy there Jackstrodamus. You do realize when the dog is 13 the boy will also be 13. I’m not saying it’s “impossible” for a 13 year old child to get 6 tattoos and use MDMA… but most likely not.

      1. Nate says:

        Well, although I agree with you Jacob, the child is actually older than the puppy looks like a 2 year old to me. And a 15 year old is much more likely to be using MDMA (probably not the 6 tattoos unless he is doing them himself).

  20. Holly says:

    Not only does my heart swell due to the sheer over the top cuteness of these pics but I am also so happy that this family rescued a mutt. Love it!!!

  21. Wren says:

    thank you so much for sharing, it is these quiet moments of true life that we should share with others more often. . . truly put a smile to my day!

  22. gary harryman says:

    Grandma said – “Young and dirty makes you live long and healthy.” Great pictures of a beautiful bond. Those who do not believe in lifelong love at first sight have never had a dog.

  23. Robin says:

    These are some of the most precious pictures that I have seen. What a beautiful bond they have. That dog is going to watch over your son like none other. These pics are definitely cherished moments. One a mother will hold forever in her heart. Mom you captured that very nicely. Great Job! Great Photos! Thanks for sharing. Enjoyed viewing them. Gave me the Awww moment. Your son is a very handsome boy, as is the pup.

  24. Kim says:

    And thus begins the relationship between a dog and his boy. My boy (now 16) and his dog began a similar relationship about 8 years ago and they sleep together still!

  25. leslie says:

    Why can’t everyone just appreciate these pictures for the beauty of it. A little boy and his dog, a long term friendship forming-just plain old raw beauty. Quit with the scientific facts and predicting the future. Just look and the pictures, take a deep breath and enjoy.

  26. Nicole says:

    YES, IM GOING TO GET A PUPPY NOW. IMPULSE STIMULATOR… IS SAYING I MUST DO SO. THEN CUDDLE AND FORGET REALITY. I LOVE THIS SO MUCH SO PRECIOUS!

  27. shannon says:

    OMG! These pics are so adorable! The pup looks like some sort of Rotti mix! If so, your son is going to be well loved and protected throughout the pups whole life! Rottweilers are the most amazing dogs. We have currently our 3rd Rotti that is 2 years old now, and he just adores our 9 year old daughter and sleeps with her as well. I go to bed knowing no one will ever mess with her! I am looking forward to a follow up to this story! Thank you for sharing!

  28. LD says:

    Absolutely the most adorable pics I’ve ever seen! My heart is melting! I would like to get a puppy just for this reason – for my little boy. Unfortunately my 8 yr old dachshund would never do this, I’m so jealous! They will have the most amazing bond, forget about toy cars! Just please don’t let people’s negative comments ruin it for you. Anyone who is a dog lover like myself considers them as part of the family! Enjoy these moments! Everyone’s got an opinion, they should keep it to themselves!

  29. D.Chap says:

    That is the sweetest thing ever. Both are absolutely beutiful babies. I hope to recieve more pics as the 2 fellers grow up together.

  30. lou tillman says:

    I agree with PW-a calender is a must ! Put a charity on it and take half in profit for your son and his dog .
    Beautiful models they are . Wonderful photographer you are . You really captured the relationship in these images .

  31. Helen says:

    I think this is truly a way for Beau and The to bond together for live. Remember a man’s best friend is his dog. I grew up with dogs all my live and they are always part of the family as soon as they enter your house. I don’t know what I would do with my pets. And yes they do sleep with us, it’s all about being protected a giving the dogs comfort.
    I hope you do write a book and call it “Through the Years with Beau and Theo. I would would definitely buy it!!
    So precious!!

  32. Dani says:

    So adorable, what a great way to capture the innocence of both a toddler and puppy. And a wonderful timeline- they both grow so fast! Thanks for sharing!

  33. Brittany says:

    What kind of puppy is this? …I have a blue tick rebone hound that looks tsame…she is 8 weeks old and sles sleeps
    with me just. like with ur son…solo adorable

  34. Teresa H says:

    These pictures are the cutest pictures I think I’ve ever seen. Thanks for sharing with us. I just can’t get enough of these. So stinkin cute!!!

  35. Belinda says:

    These are the most adorable pictures. They make you feel warm and fuzzy. That little puppy is truly in heaven.

  36. moshe says:

    People are so gullible.

    The pics are cute but obviously posed.

    Yet she tries to pass them off as if they are spontaneous.

    Now she rides the wave of awwww for what it is worth.

    1. j2313 says:

      Yes, she obviously tranquilizes them to take photos for Instagram. Or she trains the toddler and 8 week old puppy to pretend they’re sleeping… so sneaky.

    2. Anne says:

      If they are posed, then wow! She’s so talented at setting up cute photos! The cutest pics I have of my children sleeping are totally un-posed, I found I couldn’t improve on nature!!

  37. Jennifer says:

    These pictures are just precious. Your son and his puppy are so lucky to have this very special bond. I have volunteered in rescuing shelter dogs and it was heartwarming to know this dog was rescued and now has such a loving family. Thank you for sharing these pictures with us. Ignore the haters!

  38. beck says:

    Oh Gosh, wasn’t sure it was possible for anyone to say anything negative about these pics….apparently some folks are not happy unless they are being that way…

    Thank you for the cute kid/cute dog fix, adorable :-)

  39. Utah Dog Dad says:

    The comments are so far apart from the images the pictures represent, except those of a warm, loving response. I guess it is just human nature for some people to take something beautiful and make it into something it is not. I applaud those that like the pictures and sentiment. They are meant to be uplifting.

    The most positive comments made are those that touch on the grand benefits of adopting a rescue animal. These creatures so deserve an opportunity to bring love and joy into a receptive family. Please support your local rescue animal organization.

    Hugs to all.

  40. Kim says:

    I could look at these pictures everyday! Instantly calms road rage from a hard drive to work every morning in busy downtown fort lauderdale!!

    And secondly, anyone who SERIOUSL THINKS a mother would tranquilize her child and/or dog for a photo opportunity is a complete idiot!! Sorry to the idiot but I had to call you out for that stupid comment you made….

      1. Nathan says:

        Have you ever been near a child that age? My daughter is a similar age to this kid. She has boundless energy, runs around all the time, isn’t very agile yet, having learned to walk relatively recently, and kids bruise easily at that age. If you were to see the bruises that a beaten child carries, you would realise that the little bumps he has on his legs are run of the mil for kids this age.

  41. Annie Hall says:

    What adorable pictures. The mother put these pictures on for people to enjoy, not for people to have a free- for- all.. Sometimes people disgust me. Just a cute little boy and his cute little dog..

  42. DJBscout says:

    When I see a page, I look at the scroll bar to see how long it’s gonna be.
    If the article itself isn’t all that long, but the scroll bar is, I know there are gonna be a lot of comments.
    As a general rule, I’ve found that when there are tons of comments there is almost always some big, huge, battle over something that may or may not be absolutely pointless. Sometimes I wish the comments would just be positive.
    When I saw the start and all the positive memories being shared, I thought “maybe, just maybe!”
    Alas, no. Why must we do this? Oh well. Back to looking at the positive comments.
    P.S.(And yes, I do realize the irony of what I’ve just said about negative comments)

  43. Elise says:

    Greetings from South Africa! These pics are just too damn cute :-) Our Jack Russell is a real cuddle bunny, but your pup and kid take the cake…thanks for sharing.

  44. Dianne Daniels says:

    Just LOVE these pics! Love the fact that your puppy was rescued, that he’s a mutt (the best kind of dog, IMHO) and your son is SO adorable.

    Don’t let any of the negatives stop you from taking pictures of, and enjoying this start of a lifelong friendship. I think you’ve got a chance for a franchise here…a photo book of them growing up together, a screensaver for friends and family, posters with inspirational / cute sayings, etc, etc, etc.

    I too got teary when looking at these. Our last furbaby, Sisko, was adopted from the pound – he was full-grown when we adopted him. He was at the pound because he was very protective of his owners, and they had moved to an apartment where they could not have a dog his size (he weighed over 100 pounds when we adopted him, slimmed down to about 80 with regular exercise and good food.) Whenever my hubby had to work afternoons or midnights (rotating shift), Sisko would come and sleep on the bed with me. If my hubby was home, he’d sleep at the foot of the bed on a rug…very protective and we loved him so much.

    We lost him due to problems with his hips – at the end, he couldn’t hold himself up. His back legs refused to obey his commands and we had to put him to sleep. One of the hardest and worst days of my life.

    I pray this adorable little boy and his equally adorable puppy have a long and wonderful life together. You’ve given him a gift that cannot be replaced…the love of a dog. Kudos to you!

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