It's always hard to get out of bed in the middle of the night, but for this one toddler, it was the easiest task.
Shortly after finding out she was pregnant with her baby Finn, Paige Knudtson adopted an adorable 2-year-old boxer from a local rescue.
"Brutus is just a big teddy bear. He loves attention and loves to snuggle with people." Paige said.
Brutus has grown up with boxers, and Knudtson knows how kind and gentle they could be, but she had no idea her dog would become a big part of her baby's life.
When the mother was 20 weeks pregnant with Finn, an anatomy scan revealed a cyanotic heart defect called transposition of the great arteries. The poor baby underwent multiple procedures right after his birth until he finally could have open-heart surgery.
"We were extremely lucky to have found this out before his birth, or he would not be here with us today," Paige said.
After seven hard weeks, Finn was able to go home with his parents.
"Finn had his arterial switch at 11 days old and did great and after seven weeks, a few unexpected complications, and additional surgery," Paige explained.
At home, Brutus met his human brother, and they had an immediate connection together.
"Once we got home, it was as if Brutus just knew Finn needed some extra close monitoring, and he has been by his side ever since," The mom said.
Both of them love each other and spend the entire day together— playing outside, watching TV, eating, and sleeping.
The mom Paige, from Richmond, Virginia said:
"Whether it be in the dog bed, Finn's bed, or the floor, the two always sleep together, and my heart is melting"
Even for a moment, Brutus doesn't like to be separated from his buddy Finn and will scratch at the door to Finn's room until he's allowed in.
The soulmates don't even like to sleep alone at night.
"Brutus often curls up wherever Finn is sitting and follows him from room to room in our house. If Finn is sick, Brutus knows it and just stays right by Finn's side or lays his head on Finn's chest." Finn's mom said.
The protective dog used to sleep on the rug in front of the crib when Finn was a baby, but now that the big boy has moved to a toddler bed it's much easier for them to sleep together.
"Finn just started sleeping in his 'big boy bed' a little over a month ago and that is when Brutus began crawling up and sleeping in Finn's bed every night," Paige said. "It was as if he laid next to him to prevent him from rolling out of bed."
They obviously follow each other even if that means being a little less comfortable..
In the cute footage, the toddler is seen grabbing his blanket in the middle of the night, climbing out of his bed, and joining his brother Brutus on a floor mat to sleep next to him.
The hilarious footage shows Finn clambering all over his fluffy friend for over 5 minutes while the family boxer dog barely moved.
The 4-year-old Brutus seems quiet, while Finn is trying to make himself comfortable even if it takes using his friend as a furry pillow.
Paige, who's an emergency room nurse, said that Brutus has always slept with her little boy because "he senses he needs extra protection."
You can watch the whole adorable footage here:
Paige is so happy that Finn has a loyal best friend and protector, and she can't wait to see them grow up together.
And this is how people think about this strong friendship:
The world would be a better place if everyone can love as unconditionally as dogs, right?