updated 08/23/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/23/2013 AT 12:10 PM ET
“Kisses,” wrote the former Dancing with the Stars pro on Instagram Thursday, showing off a pouty pose aimed at her beloved pup.
“They’re my kids,” Hough told PEOPLE in 2011 of her doggy duo, which also includes Cavalier King Charles spaniel Lexi. “They’re my babies.”
Hopefully the star’s reported new man, Ari Sandel, has already started practicing his puppy parenting.