There are few things that will make me go all girly like puppies or kittens. It’s the way I’m wired, and I make no apologies.

One of my in-laws’ Irish Water Spaniels birthed a small litter earlier this week. For scale, the first image features my wife’s hands which are smaller than mine in the second image.

Altogether, now: “awww.”

Photo of an Irish Water Spaniel puppy.

Photo of an Irish Water Spaniel puppy.

Being only a few days old, their eyes are still closed and it will be a fair while before they can stand. They swim around on their bellies just like the little brown and furry tadpoles they resemble.