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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
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i wish to have the opportunity to capture such amazing moment

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#4

Boy With His Cat

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Cute Friends

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#11

Just My Dog Spooning My Baby

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JoeDeLory
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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Praying Together

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#16

Don't Worry, Kid, I Got Your Back

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GraceBarclay
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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Girl Kissing Her Cat

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Dog And Kid Just Staring Together

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When we get big I will ride a bike & you can sit on the back!

#40

Boy Sleeping With His Cat

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#42

My Daughter And Dog Checking Out The First Snow Of The Season

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8 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wonder what p's out there. Both of them have different reaction.

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#51

Best Friends

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#55

Best Friends

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#58

Baby And Cat

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#60

Baby Sleeping With Cat

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#61

Kid With A Cat

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#62

Boy Hugs His Cat

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#63

Baby Sleeping With A Cat

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#64

Best Friends

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#67

Girl With A Cat

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#68

Baby And A Dog

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#69

Girl With Her Kitten

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#70

Tired

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#72

Sleeping Day

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#75

Baby With A Cat

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#78

Baby Playing With Cat

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#80

The Best Pillow Ever

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#82

Horselove

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#84

She Fell Asleep On Her Buddy

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#85

Lub Dub...lub Dub! ❤️

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#86

Charlie And His Dog, Dexter

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#87

Best Friends Forever

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#88

Best Friends & Brothers

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3 And 13

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#91

My Friend

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#92

Hi Human Brother

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#93

Jayden And The Donkey

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#94

Lets Play

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Playing

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#98

Akash And His Pup

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#100

Sunset In The Dog Park

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#102

Bonding

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#103

Sleeping Beauties

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Azores, Portugal

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#106

Best Footrest Ever

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#107

Friends

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#108

Snuggles

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#109

Waiting For Santa

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#110

Boys! Getting Dirty Together!

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#111

Even Lekker Uitrusten

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#113

Leila Kissing Ito, Our Cat.

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Best Friends

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#115

Jacopo And Gateau, A Blanket For Two.

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