Most of us, as children, had a favorite teddy, blanket or pillow, and dogs and cats do just the same thing – oftentimes, the toy they played with when they were youngest will remain their favorite. These before-and-after photos show adorable pets growing up together with their very favorite chew toys.


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But why do pets like certain toys and not others? Dogs prefer toys that either taste like food or can be torn apart, while cats like things that they can play with; both animals might like their owner to engage them. And once a pet starts to play with one toy, habit soon makes it their favorite.

The first tennis ball was invented in the 1870's, and the first rubber toys in the 1950's. Do you have a pet who has a favorite toy? Vote on the before-and-after photos below, or post your own!

h/t: The Dodo

#1 Still Sleeps With A Friend

Still Sleeps With A Friend

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#2 Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

Eighteen Months Later And He Still Sleeps With His Duck

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JudyTyni 1 year ago

Big, Orange and beautiful!

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#3 One Year Later And He Still Loves To Cuddle With This Stuffed Polar Bear

One Year Later And He Still Loves To Cuddle With This Stuffed Polar Bear

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JoanneCheung 1 year ago

BIG dog after just one year

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#4 Then And Now

Then And Now

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TamraSmith 1 year ago

So cute!

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#5 My Cat And His Favourite Box

My Cat And His Favourite Box

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JoanneCheung 1 year ago

the kitty cat who doesn't need much

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#6 Croc Battle: Then And Now

Croc Battle: Then And Now

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CCforever3 1 year ago

To the DEATH!!!

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#7 Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

Eight Months Later, My Little Ball Of Fury

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SusanneToft 1 year ago

I love the 'grown-up' picture, such beauty and grace. The kitty picture is just to cute to handle! :-D

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#8 Mayo, My Friend 's Dog, Then And Now

Mayo, My Friend 's Dog, Then And Now

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SheriMayo 1 year ago

What a great name for a dog...

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#9 The Difference A Year And A Half Makes, For Both My Cat And His Toy Monkey

The Difference A Year And A Half Makes, For Both My Cat And His Toy Monkey

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HipChick 1 year ago

Poor little monkey. Most of his face is missing.

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#10 Years Apart

Years Apart

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КристинаКойчева 1 year ago

The toy is not smiling any more :D

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#11 Four Years Later And It's Still His Favorite

Four Years Later And It's Still His Favorite

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JudyTyni 1 year ago

Black and handsome!

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#12 My Dog Then & Now

My Dog Then & Now

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AnujSoni 1 year ago

It took me a while to identify the dog and panda...

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#13 Seven Years Later, He Still Loved His Duck

Seven Years Later, He Still Loved His Duck

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AngelaMerola 1 year ago

This cat is gorgeous

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#14 Six Months Later, She Still Loves It

Six Months Later, She Still Loves It

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#15 Then And Now

Then And Now

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JudyTyni 1 year ago

Awww... Sweetheart!

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#16 Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

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Hanna 1 year ago

LOL - loved the way the toy is so smooshed now :).. Rocky is beautiful

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#17 Gizmo And Pookie - Bff's

Gizmo And Pookie - Bff's

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EdithNooijen 1 year ago

Look how Pookie relax Zzzz happy

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#18 It's Old And Ragged And Has Seen Better Days But It's Her Favorite Toy

It's Old And Ragged And Has Seen Better Days But It's Her Favorite Toy

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MarthaDonaldson 1 year ago

What a cute dog!

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#19 Remi, Four Months Apart

Remi, Four Months Apart

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WendyDonnelly 1 year ago

Remi is BEAUTIFUL!

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#20 Three Years Later, Still Spends Hours Trying To Get Into Coconuts

Three Years Later, Still Spends Hours Trying To Get Into Coconuts

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#21 Ten Weeks Apart

Ten Weeks Apart

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Thespian 1 year ago

Dogs grow so fast!

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#22 Benny And His Favorite Toy Nine Months Later

Benny And His Favorite Toy Nine Months Later

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#23 Stevie The Kitty, The Day We Got Her, To Today. She Still Loves Her String

Stevie The Kitty, The Day We Got Her, To Today. She Still Loves Her String

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EdithNooijen 1 year ago

Strings are fun

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