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6 newborn puppies fetch smiles in photo shoot with mom: See the pics!

One dachshund is giving humans a run for their money when it comes to family photos.

In a photo series, the pup and proud new mama named Mia got a chance to show off her six newborn puppies. The pups, all bundled in a fluffy, white blanket and knitted hats, sleep soundly (and adorably) near their mom.

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Proud Dachshund Mom Poses For Photoshoot With Her Newborn Pups

Mia's owner, Monica Sanchez, 35, said she decided to do the photo shoot for her son. "I didn't have dogs or puppies growing up," the McAllen, Texas, resident told TODAY. "And I wanted my son to see that. I'm just real crazy about capturing moments."

As for where those adorable bonnets came from? That was thanks to a friend of photographer Belinda Schenk.

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Proud Dachshund Mom Poses For Photoshoot With Her Newborn Pups

"A friend of mine crotchets and I told her, 'You've got to help me make bonnets for them!" she told TODAY. "We were told their heads were as tiny as gum balls. We just winged it, but it all worked out."

Schenk said she wasn't surprised to get the phone call from Sanchez — at first.

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Proud Dachshund Mom Poses For Photoshoot With Her Newborn Pups

"In my mind, since I specialize in maternity and newborns, I'm thinking, 'OK, another regular maternity session,'" Schenk said. "But at the end she said, 'It's actually for my dogs,' and I wanted to laugh, because I was shocked!"

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Despite the surprise, the Texas photographer said the canine family was very well behaved during the May 17 photo shoot. "Mia was very, very well trained," Schenk said.

Not to mention that since the photos have been shared online, she's thrilled with the reaction. "There has been an incredible response," she said.

However, the newborn shoot wasn't the first time Mia and her family posed for photos: Just three weeks prior, Sanchez originally recruited Schenk for a maternity photo shoot. She dressed the expecting Mia in a flower crown and maternity dress to announce her pregnancy.

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Proud Dachshund Mom Poses For Photoshoot With Her Newborn Pups
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With photos that adorable, we think this family is off to a pawsitively wonderful start!

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