According to Know Your Meme, the 'how it started vs. how it ended' meme was first posted on September 23, 2020, when Twitter user Vjillanelles shared their relationship evolution. So in meme years, it's like 127 or so. However, it is still going strong. Mostly because of how versatile it is.

We've had couples sharing their versions of the meme, as well as artists, pilots, and pretty much all kinds of folks celebrating their life achievements. Now, pet owners are hijacking it. From pups becoming service dogs to fluffy kitties growing into majestic queens, continue scrolling and check out these wholesome pictures.

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SuavesLomitos Report

Valquerys
Community Member
4 months ago

Happi doggo

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A lot of these memes focus on the recoveries neglected animal went through after finding their forever homes. Which is great. Caring for a companion animal goes far beyond providing food, water, and shelter. So seeing people putting in the effort to make the critters enjoy life is really awesome.

"Helping vulnerable animals and keeping pets in safe and loving homes requires a commitment from all of us—advocates, pet owners, shelters, leaders, and entire communities. When we work together under a common cause, we’re both saving lives and elevating our society and its laws to ensure cruelty victims and other at-risk animals receive the protection and care they deserve," Matthew Bershadker, ASPCA President & CEO, wrote.

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conodeeskimo Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Beautiful transformation!

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Around 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters every year (of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats). However, the good news is that experts estimate that this number has steadily declined from annually has declined from approximately 7.2 million in 2011.

#3

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n_avee_n_ Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Happy, happy doggo!

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#4

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iirohitii Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh he is a Handsome floof kinda guy!

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#5

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YaniraDavila Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
4 months ago

Heart breaking....

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#6

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theogcrystal Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
4 months ago

Thazza big boi... :)

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#7

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msspinach Report

nanashi
Community Member
4 months ago

can't even see the dog in the first pic

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#8

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LucyClydesdale Report

Squee
Community Member
4 months ago

I'm glad you took him!

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#9

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DogsTrust_IE Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

She is a Gorgeous Fluffy Queen! Love her tail standing tall & straight! 💝🐶💝

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#10

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kittyobsessee Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Linguini: "Hey, how ya doin'?"

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#11

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Autie_Radig Report

Ani Archeron
Community Member
4 months ago

oh my god it ate the boyfriend

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#12

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mollybackes Report

Caroline Kimber
Community Member
4 months ago

Say cheeeeeseeeee

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#13

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gaylenoah Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

She's so Pretty!

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#14

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stephanie4086 Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

The cute kitten turned into a gorgeous cat.

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#15

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chevivana Report

Mieke Fabry
Community Member
4 months ago

it broke my heart when I saw that.... glad he/she is oké

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#16

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bolillocano Report

Alex T
Community Member
4 months ago

"Both girls are part of a family of 22 doggies that make us so happy!" loosely translated, correct me if i'm wrong, i'm still working on my spanish to english translation

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#17

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elefsismyhearth Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

He grayed nicely!

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#18

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napathegolden Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
4 months ago

Beautiful....

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#19

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Dav3zul Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

Yeah still family! Both adorable!

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#20

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KYL0JEN Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Kitty is thankful to have been rescued.

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#21

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number10cat Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Larry, the chief mouser at 10 Downing street, started out as a shelter cat at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. From humble beginnings to residing at the Prime Minister's house. Not a bad deal at all.

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#22

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TheMattMika Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Do you have the photos the wrong way around?

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#23

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SunnyMewati Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Thank you for rescuing this cat that resembles Hitler, but whom I am sure is much nicer.

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#24

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matttwood Report

MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
4 months ago

gorgeous catto!

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#25

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_i_Shaa Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

A happy family!

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#26

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RichTweets Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

Adorable overdose! May these two enjoy a happy life together These two guy's are similar in coloring to my two girl's & they were that tiny @8 weeks when I got them, now 12 & still happy, hyper & getting into mischief together!

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#27

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BatdogRookie Report

glowworm2
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh my gosh! The dog's a "batboy." How cute!

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#28

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elefsismyhearth Report

Alex T
Community Member
4 months ago

OMFG THEIR LIL PINK NOSE

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#29

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Lupelupeylupe Report

R L
Community Member
4 months ago

Lovely looking dog

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#30

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Rossonera63 Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

From an innocent Shar-Pei (possible mix) to a rather judgemental one. Look at the disapproval on its face. LOL

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#31

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RHodge220 Report

Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

In the second photo, they must be sharing an inside joke.

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#32

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rbraunwell Report

R L
Community Member
4 months ago

The good life, and a good age :)

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#33

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PetSmart Report

Alex T
Community Member
4 months ago

his blep got lopsided

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#34

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briiwii3 Report

Maria Roberts
Community Member
4 months ago

Completely irrelevant, but I thought the flowers were part of the lady's hair!

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#35

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stocksc_cricket Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

So Pretty!

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#36

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EastBaySPCA Report

JustSomebody
Community Member
4 months ago

Awww. Poor puppy.

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#37

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tweetsbymidge Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
4 months ago

Love that stripe...

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#38

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kristina__bitch Report

Norma
Community Member
4 months ago

Aw... It always starts with a bath, tbh...

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#39

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joleenShaw2 Report

Chelle R.
Community Member
4 months ago

Poor guy can't see through his/her bangs! Groom Stat....!!

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#40

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fritz353 Report

R L
Community Member
4 months ago

I like the dark brindle colour

#41

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iamsophiegray Report

Alex T
Community Member
4 months ago

mmm those ears i wanna pet them

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#42

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raphaelraj777 Report

Katy McMouse
Community Member
4 months ago

Corgi butt!

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#43

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IamYoBuddy Report

Wanna-be Vegetarian
Community Member
4 months ago

Poor thing is overweight

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#44

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MersadiesKubat Report

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
4 months ago

Labs!!!!.....

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#45

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tsonnenholzner Report

Kevin Donegan
Community Member
4 months ago

You've got to give it a bit more time ... it looks like your pup is about a month older in the second the photo.

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