20 Grown Men Freaking Out Over Dogs (SLIDESHOW)

Grown Men Freaking Out

First Posted: 01/14/13 EST Updated: 01/14/13 EST

Speaking from a female perspective, nothing is more endearing than a man who isn't afraid to show his emotions. Especially when it's over a puppy. To wit:

Michael Philips pretty much ruled the Interwebs over the holidays with his adorable response to getting a puppy. But there are many more examples of grown men who've been reduced tears (or almost) over their dogs.

Like this man who sang to his dog before it passed away

grown men dogs singing

And this firefighter who performed mouth-to-snout resucitation

grown men dogs mouth snout

And this dad who adopted a flunked guide dog and spooned with it

grown men dogs flunked

See the rest in the slideshow below, but have your tissues handy.

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  • A cute puppy reduces a man to tears with his affection.

  • In June 2010, a Fresno, Calif., family unable to afford emergency care turned their injured dog over to the SPCA to be euthanized. A staffer, however, was so touched by their <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=news/local&id=8720026">heartfelt goodbye</a> that the organization helped save the dog’s life, resulting in a tearful reunion.

  • "Our sweet Levi <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=441761919221771&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357857134&type=3&theater">the day we got him</a> in 1997 and the day we said goodbye in 2012." (Via Facebook)

  • An Indiana man <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/indiana-man-reunited-lost-dog-years-article-1.1221452#ixzz2HcGt0bZU">enjoyed a tearful reunion</a> with his dog Bandit five years after the beloved pet went missing in 2007, the New York Daily News reported in December. "This is my little buddy," he said at an adoption center in Indianapolis. "I’ve been missing him for five years."

  • "This photo captures the moment when this man was <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=430963933634903&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357859936&type=3&theater">reunited with his dog</a> after a fire gutted their home and firefighters saved the dog's life." (Via Facebook)

  • "Keith Allison is out of work and struggling to support his family. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151207133003208&set=pb.45564118207.-2207520000.1357860058&type=3&theater">Despite his own struggles</a> he went out of his way to save Caleb, a dog left abandoned and neglected, when no one else would. For three weeks he took care of Caleb and searched for help to get Caleb safely captured." (Via Facebook)

  • Greg Cook hugs his dog Coco after finding her inside his destroyed home in the East Limestone, Ala. on Friday, March 2, 2012. (AP Photo/The Decatur Daily, Gary Cosby Jr.)

  • A puppy stampede of love.

  • A man and his <a href="http://imgur.com/6NFEp">best friend</a>. (Via Imgur)

  • "My husband's dog <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/germanshepherds/comments/12zh5u/xpost_from_raww_my_husbands_dog_greeting_him_at/">greeted him at the airport</a> in the morning," Redditor VonIsengard wrote. "This dog is Daddy's princess. He wouldn't have forgiven me if I didn't bring her to the airport!" (Via Imgur)

  • "The first and last night with my pup... Rest in peace" (via Imgur)

  • "<a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/1Mgx2">What a difference</a> 8 weeks makes." (via Imgur)

  • "A boy and his dog <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/12u98c/a_boy_and_his_dog_reunited_after_sandy/">reunited after Sandy</a>."

  • Don't be scared.

  • We'll make it, I swear.

  • "This firefighter <a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/Gub3v">saved this dog</a> from her burning home." (Via Imgur)

  • After Kissimmee firefighters -- reportedly all animal lovers -- rescued two dogs from a fire, Engineer Gary LaTour revived one with <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=303541009710530&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357860381&type=3&theater">mouth to snout resuscitation</a>, according to a Facebook post.

  • "My dad recently <a href="http://imgur.com/gallery/nmbvB">adopted a flunked guide dog</a>. I think they like each other." (via Imgur)

  • "This is my friend <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=467614926636470&set=pb.218621588202473.-2207520000.1357857051&type=3&theater">singing to his dog</a> before he passed away." (Via Facebook)

  • The video that started it all. His transformation from man to small child is adorable, but his reaction is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/02/dad-surprised-christmas-puppy-reaction-video_n_2397230.html?utm_hp_ref=good-news&ir=Good%20News">all the more touching</a> considering the family lost their beloved dog a short time ago.