When Jessica Shyba brought Theo home for the first time, she had no idea what to expect.
She received a "vague description" of the seven-week-old pup's breed — part boxer, part shepherd, part lab — but that was about it.
She had no idea Theo would quickly become a "beloved puppy brother" to her kids.
And she certainly didn't expect the incredible bond the dog would go on to form with her youngest: Baby boy Beau.
"On his third day with us, Theo fell asleep on Beau and I as I rocked him down for his afternoon nap," Shyba writes on her mommy blog. "I was practically howling at the cuteness-and nearly woke them both up."
The next day at nap time, Theo surprised Shyba by appearing outside Beau's room as if asking to be a permanent part of the "ritual."
"[A]nd so began what I can only describe as the most organic and beautiful friendship I have ever witnessed," Shyba says. "Each day, Theo meets us at naptime and waits patiently for Beau to fall asleep. By that time, he’s also sleepy, so when I hoist him onto our bed, he stumbles over to Beau and plops right down on top of him. And there they sleep, entwined, for at least two hours."