|Season 1, Episode 25|
|Air date||January 21, 2012|
|Written by||Janna King|
|Directed by||Jos Humphrey|
|Featured Puppies||Cookie, Cupcake|
"Kennel Kittens Return"
"Lucky Gets Adopted"
"Mutternal Instincts" is the twenty-fifth episode of season 1. It first aired January 21st, 2012 in the US.
Cookie has been feeling ignored lately due to her family's busy schedule. When the D7, a meeting for the leaders of the international Pound Puppies organization, is approaches, a group of puppies arrives at the pound. Cookie grows close to the runt of the litter, whom she names Cupcake. She grows attached to Cookie as well, to the point of calling her "Cookie mommy". When the children of the local school come to adopt the puppies, Cookie prevents Cupcake's adoption which shocks the gang.
Starring the Voices of
- Eric McCormack - Lucky
- René Auberjonois - McLeish
- Yvette Nicole Brown - Cookie
- John DiMaggio - Niblet
- Michael Rapaport - Squirt
- Alanna Ubach - Strudel
- M. Emmet Walsh - Olaf
Guest Starring the Voices of
- E.G. Daily - Dolly / mom / puppy #1
- Maurice LaMarche - Agent François
- Cree Summer - Cupcake
- Dave Thomas - Agent Todd
- Lauren Tom - Agent Ping
Cookie: They don't call me "the Cookinator" for nothing.
- Cupcake will later appear in season 2 and make friends with Rebound and Patches.
- Three of the D7 members made their second appearances; Bingo first appeared in "Nightmare on Pound Street", and Todd and Ping first appeared in "Homeward Pound."
- In this episode is it revealed that Cookie was the runt of her litter.
- This episode is featured on the Pound Puppies: Super Secret Pup Club DVD.
- The school bell sound effect used by "Third Street School" in this episode is the same sound effect used by the Third Street School in Disney's Recess, a previous show created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere.