Golden retriever Champ became a part of photographer Candice Sedighan’s family when he was just 9 weeks old. While he was certainly adorable from the start, Champ was also a rather rambunctious puppy.

“He destroyed probably everything in his sight!” Sedighan told Flickr. “He ate a lot of rugs, thousands of dollars of damage. He had a lot of excess energy and I tried to channel that into training instead.”

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Yet, over the years, as both Sedighan and Champ grew older together, Sedighan had the pleasure of watching him turn into the wise and gentle 11-year-old dog he is today.

11-Year Old Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

At the age of 13, Sedighan first started photographing Champ and still continues to do so now at the age of 21. Their photographic journey has earned them Internet fame, garnering nearly 30,000 Instagram followers and close to 8,500 Facebook fans to date. Champs photos have even earned the title of “World’s Happiest Dog” on Imgur.

“I really like to capture the true essence with dogs, which is that they’re always so happy,” Sedighan said to Flickr. “The time Champ and I spend together, he’s just always beaming with happiness and you can really see that through my photos.”

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11-Year Old Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

It’s hard to imagine how Champ and Sedighan’s friendship could get any cuter, but indeed, it has, thanks to the introduction of a few adorable baby chicks.

11-Year Old Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

These cute chicks recently became temporary members of Champ and Sedighan’s family after Sedighan rescued them from a local feed store that was closing down.

“I decided to take them in until I could find a permanent home for them,” she told TODAY.com.

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Sedighan was a bit worried about how Champ would react to their new fluffy friends since he had never been around chicks before. However, Sedighan soon found that she really had nothing to fret about as Champ was “surprisingly very calm and gentle.”

11-Year Old Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

Not long after the initial introductions, Champ and the baby chicks became fast friends.

“The chicks loved to burrow under Champ’s fur as it kept them warm just as their mother’s feathers would,” Sedighan said.

11-Year Old Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

“I love to joke around and say Champ has ‘adopted’ these chicks since he has seemed to take on this motherly duty,” Sedighan continued.

11-Year Old Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

Champ certainly made these chicks feel very welcome, giving them the love and comfort they needed during this transitional life period.

11-Year Old Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

As of Sunday, March 30, the chicks went on their way to their new permanent home at a nearby farm. According to Sedighan, the chicks will remain at “a community college farm to help with their pre vet program instead of being sold for meat where they were before.”

Thanks to the kind heart of Sedighan and the gentleness of Champ, these chicks are poised to have a bright, long future.

11-Year Old Golden Retriever Befriends Adorable Baby Chicks (PHOTOS)

For a brief glimpse into the adorable bond that developed between Champ and his baby chick friends, check out the video below:

 

See more of Champ on Sedighan’s Facebook and Instagram.

All images: Candice Sedighan