Have we got a treat for you, dear Pandas! We know that many of you are huge fans of cuteness, so Bored Panda has taken the time to collect some of the most magical photos of animal friendship to warm up your hearts. From best buds of the same species to unexpected friendships blossoming between members of different kinds, you’re about to see that love, respect, and the desire to have fun can transcend appearances and genes.

As you scroll down, remember to upvote your favorite pics, and be sure to share this list with anyone who you think is in need of some cheering up. Got any photos of your pets getting along? Share ‘em in the comment section. (Pssst—we’ve got some more adorable animal friendship posts for you to lose yourself in right here, here, and here.)

Arizona Humane Society's Pet Behavior and Pet Training Manager Jenny Dagnino told Bored Panda that social relationships between animals of different species are common. Read on for more of Dagnino's insights.

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A Pelican Befriended A Stray Dog Who Was Often Spotted Hanging Out All Alone Along The Boat Docks. The Man Who Photographed This Has Adopted Him But Brings Him Back Every Day To See His Friend, Petey The Pelican

A Pelican Befriended A Stray Dog Who Was Often Spotted Hanging Out All Alone Along The Boat Docks. The Man Who Photographed This Has Adopted Him But Brings Him Back Every Day To See His Friend, Petey The Pelican

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This one...really makes me smile.

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Bubbles The African Elephant And Bella The Black Labrador

Bubbles The African Elephant And Bella The Black Labrador

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago (edited)

Bubbles and Bella are living their best lives. I love the joy radiating from their faces.

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Friendship Goals

Friendship Goals

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ML
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1 month ago

Like they'd know they have to pose. Very nice picture

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AHS' Pet Behavior and Pet Training Manager Dagnino said that pets like dogs and cats are social animals and usually prefer the company of other animals and people. "It is safe to assume that animals who do have social relationships with other species likely had exposure to them during an early stage in their development, or had interactions over a long period of time that were positive for them," she said.

"At the Arizona Humane Society, we have opportunities to pair animals of the same species (dogs with dogs, cats with cats) to provide some more social interaction, and sometimes it can provide a shy animal some comfort," Dagnino explained.

What's more, the AHS team can provide adopters with some tips for pet adopters to help introduce new rescue animals to their new forever homes in a way that's safe and comfortable for all the pets involved. You can find some helpful tips and tricks right here.

#4

Family Isn't Always Blood

Family Isn't Always Blood

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Gorgeous photo. Beautiful friendship.

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Cheetah And Doggo Stayed Best Friends From The Start!

Cheetah And Doggo Stayed Best Friends From The Start!

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

They both look so happy to be with each other.

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Friendship Goals

Friendship Goals

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This is too cute! Look at those pink toe beans. I also like the 'jewellery' the owl is wearing around its ankles.

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Dagnino confirmed to Bored Panda that cats and dogs can get along together and even show affection toward each other. "But their ability or inclination to do this is affected by both animals’ experiences in early development and maintained by positive or negative experiences during their lifetime, even genetics," she warned.

Mutually beneficial friendships between different species can occur naturally (like badgers hunting together with foxes or coyotes), but some close bonds blossomed because of us—human beings.

Humans domesticating animals has created the foundation for some interspecies cooperation and friendships that otherwise would most likely never have come about. So you can see friendships blossoming between animals that live with or near humans. Ever been to a farm or a zoo? You’ll know what we mean, then.

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Friendship Through The Toughest Of Times

Friendship Through The Toughest Of Times

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

Poor Pup. Healing is always easier when you have a friend to help you get through it.

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Little And Large

Little And Large

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

You can be friends no matter what shape or size you are.

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#9

Best Buddies

Best Buddies

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1 month ago

The foxes closed eyes and smile makes the picture! Awww!

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That’s not to say that cats and dogs will suddenly become best amigos, but it does mean they’re more likely to get along (or at least tolerate one another) because they’re constantly around each other.

Animals of different species communicate with each other both verbally and non-verbally. Just like we can try and interpret what a dog is telling us, a dog can try understanding what its duck/cat/cheetah buddy is trying to say. Meanwhile, some species of monkeys have been known to communicate with one another by sounding alarm calls whenever danger is near. However, bonds aren’t always purely utilitarian.

The basis for friendship can be pretty much anything, but one of the most common ways it starts is through having fun. When animals play together, they get closer, and can become friends, eventually. It’s not that different for human beings!

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These Best Friends. Even The Look In His Eyes Is Adorable

These Best Friends. Even The Look In His Eyes Is Adorable

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ML
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1 month ago

Even the colour matches

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#11

Comforting A Friend

Comforting A Friend

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

At least the kitty is inside the cone. Some will sit on top of it- like rubbing salt into the wound.

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Our Neighbor Sent Me This Adorable Display Of Pure Joy Between Our Dogs. They Finally Got Him A Stool So He Could Greet His Big Friend Properly

Our Neighbor Sent Me This Adorable Display Of Pure Joy Between Our Dogs. They Finally Got Him A Stool So He Could Greet His Big Friend Properly

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Alex Bailey
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1 month ago

Let them play together!

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#13

Meet Herman, The Flightless Pigeon And His Best Friend Lundy, The Chihuahua Who Can’t Walk

Meet Herman, The Flightless Pigeon And His Best Friend Lundy, The Chihuahua Who Can’t Walk

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

Kindred spirits.

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#14

Give Us Back Our Friend

Give Us Back Our Friend

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

"Help! Where is she taking me?"

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#15

Today, At Doggy Daycare, My Dog Made A New Best Friend!

Today, At Doggy Daycare, My Dog Made A New Best Friend!

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Beautiful eyes!

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#16

Baby Elephant And Ostrich's Friendship

Baby Elephant And Ostrich's Friendship

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This is amazing! I have never seen this combination, which goes to show you that I probably haven't seen enough.

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#17

Anjana The Chimpanzee And Tiger Cubs

Anjana The Chimpanzee And Tiger Cubs

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

May they stay friends forever!

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#18

Unexpected Friendships Are The Best Ones

Unexpected Friendships Are The Best Ones

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I've read that cheetahs and dogs of approximate size are often paired together to optimize socialization.

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Buddies

Buddies

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Alex Bailey
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1 month ago

Aw, so adorable!!

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#20

The Start Of An Awwesome Friendship!

The Start Of An Awwesome Friendship!

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ML
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1 month ago

That is the adorable category winner

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#21

Friendship Between A Horse And Husky

Friendship Between A Horse And Husky

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This is a stunning photo, against the backdrop of the snow. The Husky and the horse share the same colouring.

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#22

Goat And Sheep Friends

Goat And Sheep Friends

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Sweet!

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#23

My Friend's Cat And Rat Are Best Buddies

My Friend's Cat And Rat Are Best Buddies

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

Looks like they met as babies. It must have been buddies at first site.

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#24

Rescue Fox And A Bulldog Become Inseparable And Form A Real-Life “The Fox And The Hound” Friendship

Rescue Fox And A Bulldog Become Inseparable And Form A Real-Life “The Fox And The Hound” Friendship

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

That arm around his friend as they sleep. :)

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#25

My Girlfriends Horse Got A New Friend

My Girlfriends Horse Got A New Friend

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

So cute!

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#26

"A Rare Friendship Developed Between A Gray Wolf And Brown Bear"

"A Rare Friendship Developed Between A Gray Wolf And Brown Bear"

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Stimpy
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1 month ago (edited)

I also once saw footage of a wildlife cam, showing a wolf exitedly trying (and finalling suceeding) to convince his badger friend to follow him across a bridge. I guess they sometimes make hunting partnerships with other species and become friends over that?

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#27

Ingo The Dog And His Owl Friend

Ingo The Dog And His Owl Friend

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

The sweet gentle giant with that small bird make a good pair of friends.

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#28

My Aunts Goat Thinks It's A Dog. It Wont Associate With The Other Goats And Only Hangs Out With The Dogs

My Aunts Goat Thinks It's A Dog. It Wont Associate With The Other Goats And Only Hangs Out With The Dogs

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

The goat has an adorable identity crisis.

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#29

Friendship Is A Very Beautiful Thing

Friendship Is A Very Beautiful Thing

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

Those gentle paws, and that loving look, are truly a beautiful thing.

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#30

You’ve Got A Friend In Me

You’ve Got A Friend In Me

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

These two alpacas are ridiculously cute. They almost look like plush toys.

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#31

Best Friends

Best Friends

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Kitty looks so comfy.

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#32

Cat And Fox Are Best Friends

Cat And Fox Are Best Friends

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

These two are beautiful - so photogenic.

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#33

Now This Was An Unexpected Friendship

Now This Was An Unexpected Friendship

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Two joeys and a kitty. What a lovely photo.

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#34

Meet Mickey And John, They're Best Friends

Meet Mickey And John, They're Best Friends

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Aww, this is sweet!

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#35

Dog And Raccoon Friendship

Dog And Raccoon Friendship

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

You can almost feel the love between these friends.

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#36

I Went To The Shelter To Adopt A Dog, And I Found Those Two In This Posture, I Couldn't Separate Them So I End Up Adopting Both Of Them

I Went To The Shelter To Adopt A Dog, And I Found Those Two In This Posture, I Couldn't Separate Them So I End Up Adopting Both Of Them

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

Bless you for keeping these friends together.

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#37

Unusual Friendship

Unusual Friendship

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I gather that the kitty enjoys the warmth of the lamp. The tortoise: Yeah, I'll just climb onto your back.

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#38

Tinni The Dog And Sniffer The Wild Fox

Tinni The Dog And Sniffer The Wild Fox

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Two buddies walking off into the sunset together.

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#39

Golden Retriever And An Abandoned Kitty

Golden Retriever And An Abandoned Kitty

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Aww, the wee kitten and the gentle giant.

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#40

Making New Friends

Making New Friends

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chi-wei shen
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1 month ago

Branch manager and assistant branch manager. Who's who?

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#41

Doggo & Cow Friendship

Doggo & Cow Friendship

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

That is one happy pup. Her sweet friends are so gentle.

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#42

Dog And Newly Rescued Calf Who Are Best Friends At The Gentle Barn

Dog And Newly Rescued Calf Who Are Best Friends At The Gentle Barn

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

So lovely!

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#43

Mani The Wild Boar Piglet And Candy The Dog

Mani The Wild Boar Piglet And Candy The Dog

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

"I have a secret to tell you..."

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#44

Dog And Crow Are Best Friends

Dog And Crow Are Best Friends

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

This one is a little unexpected, but it works.

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#45

Welcome To This Beautiful, Unlikely Friendship.

Welcome To This Beautiful, Unlikely Friendship.

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

I would not have imagined a Scottish Fold riding on a Golden Labrador. I love this!

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#46

These Horses Always Come For A Kiss Whenever We Walk Past

These Horses Always Come For A Kiss Whenever We Walk Past

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catslave6
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1 month ago

That's so cute!

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#47

We Adopted A New Cat Not Knowing They’d Become Inseparable

We Adopted A New Cat Not Knowing They’d Become Inseparable

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

Kitty love is so sweet.

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#48

Torque The Dog And Shrek The Owl

Torque The Dog And Shrek The Owl

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Alex Bailey
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1 month ago

My turn for the remote...

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#49

Duck And A Dog

Duck And A Dog

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Cecilia Herrera
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1 month ago

So comfy.

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#50

He Made A New Friend At Doggy Day Care

He Made A New Friend At Doggy Day Care

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Raine Soo
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1 month ago

They're hoiding paws!

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