Bachelor Nation is gearing up to watch Rachel Lindsay bring her three remaining suitors home to meet her family tonight. And while we’re pumped to see how things play out for Bryan Abasolo, Peter Kraus, and Eric Bigger when they head to Dallas, we’re still reeling from last week’s heartbreaking sendoff. The Bachelorette said goodbye to fan-favorite Dean Unglert, the 26-year-old startup recruiter who giggled his way to the fourth top spot this season—and while he may not have earned Rachel’s final rose, he certainly won over the hearts of millions of viewers throughout his journey on the show.
On tonight’s episode, we’ll miss seeing Dean’s smiling face (not to mention, his impressive dedication to grey hoodies), but luckily, we can still keep up with him through his social channels. And because the Internet can be a wonderful place, that means countless photos of Dean adorably cuddling animals as well as an abundance of puppy pics. He’s a total pet enthusiast, and ever since expressing his jealousy over the fact that his newly minted BFF Peter got not one, but two canine-centric dates with Rachel, he’s been happily retweeting his followers’ dog photos. It's clear that he's a total softie, and if that wasn't proof enough, did we mention that his Instagram handle is @deanie_babies? On a scale of one to ridiculously cute, that takes things to a whole new level.
While we anxiously await Dean’s return to TV when Bachelor in Paradise premieres next month, let’s all take a minute to appreciate 7 photos of Dean cuddling with animals on Instagram.
1. LAKESIDE LOVE
No shirt, no problem. Dean was all smiles while joking that he and his pup, Nala, were “having zero fun in Nebraska.”
2. FELINE FIX
“He wasn't too thrilled about the pic but still awesome to hang out with,” Dean captioned this photo before declaring, “I’m going to have a lion of my own one day.”
3. TRUNK SHOW
“She's got lips that taste like sweet red wine,” he wrote about this ‘gram before throwing in #savetheelephants for good measure.
4. CANINE CUDDLES
“Tonight I'll be saddled up next to this (not so) little nugget watchin #thebachelorette on @abcnetwork - should be quite an interesting night,” he captioned this snap of Nala. “Excited for: watching @therachlindsay gracefully navigate her way through a sea of thirsty men vying for 5 minutes of her time. Not excited for: watching and listening to myself on TV (seriously though).”
5. PILE OF PUPPIES
“Fell in love today with 3 little asthmatic nuggets,” he wrote about his experience with these precious pugs.
6. CAMEL KISSES
There’s really no explanation needed for this one, other than Dean’s very appropriate hashtag: #allthecamelsloveme.
7. TABLE FOR TWO
Dean captioned this #tbt with Nala the “most romantic valentine dinner of my life.” Swoon.