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?


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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 1 year ago

i wish to have the opportunity to capture such amazing moment

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#2

Best Buddies

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DariaB 1 year 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 1 year ago

"Tell me Doc, is it serious?"

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#4

Boy With His Cat

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GraceBarclay 1 year 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 1 year ago

The beginning of a beautiful friendship ! :)

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#6

Cats Drinking Milk

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Jean-MarcDosSantos 1 year ago

because it's adorable and harmless ....

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#7

Cute Friends

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NealMichaud 1 year ago

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

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#8

Moose & Squirrel

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NatalieBlenkhorn 1 year 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 1 year ago

Best friends

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#10

Big Dog With A Baby

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lee 1 year ago

Aww that smile

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#11

Just My Dog Spooning My Baby

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JoeDeLory 1 year 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 1 year ago

A helping PAW!

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#13

Praying Together

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CathyNguyen 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Welcome home!

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#16

Don't Worry, Kid, I Got Your Back

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GraceBarclay 1 year 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 1 year ago

The baby says I love you!

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#19

Girl Kissing Her Cat

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AnnaSalerno 1 year ago

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

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#20

Best Friends

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LisanneLis 1 year ago

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

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