Every kid needs a pet. A pet provides companionship, but did you know that there are other good reasons for letting your child have an animal friend?

According to parenting.com, pets also help kids with learning, they encourage nurturing, keep kids healthy, and build up family bonds. This is on top of them providing comfort and giving shy children something to talk about with others.

This list features some of the cutest kid-and-pet pictures around. Does your family have any pets? Upload a picture of your children hanging out with your pet below, or upvote your favorite!

(h/t: brightside)

#1

Merry Christmas From Cassie + Gracie

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AnaLilia 8 months ago

i wish to have the opportunity to capture such amazing moment

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#2

Best Buddies

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DariaB 8 months ago

"I think there's an intruder amongst us."

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#3

Little Girl Is Taking Care Of A Dog

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NealMichaud 8 months ago

"Tell me Doc, is it serious?"

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#4

Boy With His Cat

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GraceBarclay 8 months ago

I love this photograph. The cat is so relaxed with this child; no sign of stress.

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#5

Napping In The Dog Bed

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MarkSzeman 8 months ago

The beginning of a beautiful friendship ! :)

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#6

Cats Drinking Milk

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Jean-MarcDosSantos 8 months ago

because it's adorable and harmless ....

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#7

Cute Friends

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NealMichaud 8 months ago

"Don't cry. They feed you soon. See? I pat you."

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#8

Moose & Squirrel

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NatalieBlenkhorn 8 months ago

Jesus! That dog looks humongous compared to the baby!

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#9

We Don't Need Cups (or Bowls)

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NealMichaud 8 months ago

Best friends

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#10

Big Dog With A Baby

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lee 8 months ago

Aww that smile

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#11

Just My Dog Spooning My Baby

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JoeDeLory 8 months ago

This was my dog (wolf/shepherd hybrid) and my daughter. As an OU grad I wish I could add 10 more likes because of the t-shirt.

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#12

Step One In Taking Care Of Your Hooman

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HeidiMarin 8 months ago

A helping PAW!

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#13

Praying Together

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CathyNguyen 8 months ago

This looks like a photo straight from a Norman Rockwell painting! :)

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#14

My Niece And Her Cat Tiger

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NealMichaud 8 months ago

We see what you're doing in there!

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#15

Meeting Baby For The Very First Time

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KathrinBöcker 8 months ago

Welcome home!

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#16

Don't Worry, Kid, I Got Your Back

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GraceBarclay 8 months ago

Beware the person who tries to go up to this child. We had a collie like this many years ago.

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#17

Gingers

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KathrynBass 8 months ago

The baby says I love you!

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#18

A Little Country Charm

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KathrynBass 8 months ago

Perfect

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#19

Girl Kissing Her Cat

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AnnaSalerno 8 months ago

Hope she didn't choke this baby too much! So adorable.

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#20

Best Friends

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LisanneLis 8 months ago

Cat looking at the baby like "would you go in there?"

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