There are few things sweeter than watching puppies snuggle with their mother, nestling into her soft fur as they contently drift off to sleep. But sometimes even mom is tired of being all sunshine and roses and wants to play. And that's when things get even more adorable.
Although it's fun, while playing, mothers are also teaching their puppies manners. If they bite too hard, she'll growl, yelp or walk away. Then they learn how to behave, so everyone can have fun next time.
Here are nine canine moms (and one dad) having fun with their kids. Like Lucky, above, a corgi who is trying to teach her babies the intricacies of a good game of tug.
In a game of tag at the park, this dog mom can't be beat, no matter how hard her pups try.
And then there are these 10 golden retriever puppies who swarm mom hoping for a meal. When she disappears they decide to have some fun with dad.
This beagles spins and barks as she's playfully attacked by her feisty offspring.
These Westie puppies get down and wrestle with their mom.
These Jack Russell pups are no match for a mom with these kinds of amazing acrobatic skills.
It's sleepytime until mom shows up, then everybody jumps up to play. (OK, technically, they get up for lunch.)
Somewhere in all this hair are Maltese puppies playing with their mother. One puppy gets a little sidetracked.
Mom just wants a little roll in the grass, but when she does, it's a puppy pile-on.