When pet owners bring a new child home, it’s always worth wondering how a baby will get along with the animals and vice versa.
One new dad in Arizona was shocked to realize his dogs were having a bad influence on his baby girl—in fact, they made her their accomplice in a life of crime.
Chris Cardinal is the owner of two golden retrievers, Bleu and Colby, aka the “Cheese Pups.”
The dogs, born in 2014, have been living the high life as viral celebrities.
They’ve got their own Instagram with over 8,000 followers and went viral two years ago with this time lapse video of them running to dinner over the span of a year:
But these two went through a big change about 15 months ago, when they got a new human in their household:
Baby Chloe was born.
It took some getting used to, but the dogs welcomed the arrival of their new human.
“Colby was immediately, ‘This is my person,'” Chris Cardinal told The Dodo. “Bleu took some warming up.”
Because even at a few months old, this toddler figured out the quickest way to a dog’s heart is through the stomach:
The pups realized that Chloe is pretty generous with giving out snacks.
Bleu and Colby love to hang out around Chloe’s high chair, knowing that she’ll drop some food down to them.
And recently, the dogs stepped up their game—and recruited Chloe for a sneaky snack mission.
One early morning at the beginning of June, Chris’ wife found their 15-month-old daughter out of her crib. They couple was puzzled.
But then, they checked the footage—and realized she had some visitors in the middle of the night.
The excited, hungry dog duo burst into Chloe’s room, getting her attention to follow them into the kitchen for snacks.
“They definitely knew what they were doing,” Cardinal said. “They start getting real hungry around 6 a.m., and instead of barking outside our room, I think they figured they’d try the baby.”
Chloe was happy to help, escaping from her crib and running after her pets.
Cardinal said he’s not shocked the dogs pulled an escape mission like this.
“They’ve snuck into her room before overnight once, but not for breakfast,” he said. “This is the first time it effected a prison break.”
But he’s glad these “partners in crime” are bonding and getting along.
While the dogs get some tasty snacks out of this new alliance, Cardinal said his daughter gets a lot out of it too.
“Chloe wakes up every morning and asks to see ‘puppeh,'” Cardinal told The Dodo. “She has to go give them their pets each morning.”
“They teach her how to be gentle with animals, socialization, etc. — and also how to get back up when they knock her over, which happens from time to time.”
At the same time, he’s reluctant about giving this gang of thieves another accomplice.
“We’re second-guessing having another baby, for sure,” Cardinal joked.