Having someone around to share the little things in life with you can make every moment seem picturesque. Yaoyao Ma Van As is a professional illustrator and animator who has drawn landscapes and other backgrounds for popular cartoons including Rick and Morty, but her greatest passion, it seems, is illustrating those magical moments. Her subject? Our relationship with our pets and the simple comfort that comes from having them around. Her dog illustrations, most of which are based on her and her little dog named Parker, will make your heart soar with their saturated colors and cozy lighting.

Her gallery doesn’t really dwell on the messy side of pet ownership, but everyone with a four-legged best friend knows that their companionship makes everything worth it, and that’s the side that the artist chooses to emphasize.

You might recognize Yaoyao Ma Van As from her series about the perks of living alone, or our previous compilation of her dog illustrations.

More info: Yaoyao Ma Van As | Instagram | Facebook

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Pan Narrans
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7 months ago

Can't find the words to explain why this illustration is one of the best I've seen in months. Colour use, composition, it oozes tranquility, contentment and happiness. Wow.

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Kristy P
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7 months ago

Except the dog would be trying to eat your cookies XD

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Kelly Horrigan
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7 months ago

Love the stretch- caught the moment perfectly!

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Her strength in creating backgrounds really stands out in her beautiful depictions of every season and type of weather, with lush plants and golden sunlight, while her illustrations of evenings spent curled up below a string of fairy lights look more carefree than any photo on Instagram.

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Tifferooski
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7 months ago

I love the water technique.

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Grumble O'Pug
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7 months ago

That widdle face!!!!

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Laugh Fan
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7 months ago

That's how my little cross breed dog sleeps!

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Even the more melancholy illustrations of messy rooms and dreary days show the quiet, non-judgmental comfort that dogs can offer when you’re feeling down. After all, dog ownership has been shown to alleviate feelings of loneliness, and the reasons are multi-faceted.

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NAOMI CORBALEY
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7 months ago

my dog would eat the pizza

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Rachel Neye
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7 months ago

Oh I love this scene!

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Laugh Fan
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7 months ago

Yes, my little terrier digs his paws in and won't go out in the rain if he can avoid it.

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Not only does having a dog keep you from staring into the void for too long on your days off, since you have to go out and take them for a walk occasionally, but cuddling with them can actually give you a chemical boost by making you release oxytocin. This hormone has many roles, one of which is to induce feelings of bonding when you hug or socially interact with someone, reducing stress in the process. Some good news is that it works with not only other humans, but dogs and cats, too.

Keep scrolling for more warm and fuzzy moments that will make you want to give your dog a hug!

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Kelly Horrigan
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7 months ago

Please, please, please lady. I love you, I love the white crunchy things

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India Frost
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7 months ago

Ooo I love this

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Mooncut
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7 months ago

Love when you need it most

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Kathy Baylis
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7 months ago

Don’t worry, Mama. I’ll get us home.

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Night Owl
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7 months ago

Dog: "All mine!"

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Alex Bailey
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7 months ago

Zoomies in the leaves!

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Kelly Horrigan
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7 months ago

Yep - he is going to lead the way out!

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Pryjmaty
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7 months ago

The caption is misleading. While I love dogs...as long as they belong to someone else and I can give them back, like children...I am a cat person. I've had dogs & enjoyed them. While dogs bring MUCH JOY, they are also much work...much like a child. Unless a person is able & willing to devote time to properly parenting a dog, please do NOT get one! If you cannot allow a dog inside your home and "need" to always keep it outside, do NOT get one!

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Jjjane20
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7 months ago

Looking into heaven.

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Kathy Baylis
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7 months ago

Pay attention to ME, Mama!

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Mooncut
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7 months ago

What!? A STICK!!

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Pernille Dyre
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7 months ago

Thats me and our dog. If I want a cup of Tea and 2 min for my self. ... He gets hes toy 🙈😂🐶⚾

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Kristy P
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7 months ago

My terrier mix LOVES to eat tiny pumpkins. I buy him one he can have all to himself once or twice in the fall:-)

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Mooncut
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7 months ago (edited)

Aww

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Mooncut
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7 months ago

This one is a different style. It has thicker outlines. Like it

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Laugh Fan
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7 months ago

My terrier's Christmas Teddy Bear present looked like that for a very short while! Still, gave us a chance to open our presents while he was busy.

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Blueberry Woofle
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7 months ago

the dog looks like my dog in this picture except my dog would have already torn apart the stick completely xd

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Laugh Fan
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7 months ago

Hahahaha! My dog did that to me today with shingle on the beach!

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tuzdayschild
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7 months ago

can i taste your please?

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Carol Emory
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7 months ago

There should also be one with the leash wrapped around the legs..lol

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Kathy Baylis
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7 months ago

Oh. Just dog food, huh?

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