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

But why do pets like certain toys and not others? Dogs prefer pet 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 1870s, and the first rubber toys in the 1950s. Do you have a pet who has a favorite toy? Vote on the before-and-after photos below, or post your own cute pets!

h/t: The Dodo

#1

Still Sleeps With A Friend

Still Sleeps With A Friend

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AnshulSoni
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5 years ago

so cute!

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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
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5 years 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
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5 years ago

BIG dog after just one year

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#4

Then And Now

Then And Now

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TamraSmith
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years ago

Poor little monkey. Most of his face is missing.

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#10

Years Apart

Years Apart

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КристинаКойчева
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5 years 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
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5 years ago

Black and handsome!

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#12

My Dog Then & Now

My Dog Then & Now

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AnujSoni
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5 years 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
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5 years ago

This cat is gorgeous

PlePaperie
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5 years ago

After seven years, duck still looks good!

Holleigh Bennett
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4 years ago

Love the heart on his nose!!

BarbaraForauer
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4 years ago

Wow same pose just bigger!

Moonglass
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4 years ago

heart nose~!

ClaudiaTaylor
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5 years ago

That looks like a dead duck, blue eyes.

Κωνσταντιναcool
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5 years ago

Τhis is really nice!

EdithNooijen
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5 years ago

You got me a duck wowwy wow thats my duck ;-) p

LaurenKingsbury-Anderson
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5 years ago

:) that is one spoiled cat lol

ShellyMorrison
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5 years ago

Beautiful cat!

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#14

Six Months Later, She Still Loves It

Six Months Later, She Still Loves It

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KimberlyShaffer
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5 years ago

That's funny!!

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#15

Then And Now

Then And Now

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JudyTyni
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5 years ago

Awww... Sweetheart!

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#16

Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

Still Rocky’s Favorite Toy

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Hanna
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5 years 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
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5 years 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
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5 years ago

What a cute dog!

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#19

Remi, Four Months Apart

Remi, Four Months Apart

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WendyDonnelly
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5 years 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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CrackrJax
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5 years ago

Lola!

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#21

Ten Weeks Apart

Ten Weeks Apart

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Thespian
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5 years 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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KimPage
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5 years ago

So adorable!!

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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
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5 years ago

Strings are fun

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#24

Love At First Sight - She Stole Mouse Attached To My Keys. Now She "kill" It Every Night. ;)

Love At First Sight - She Stole Mouse Attached To My Keys. Now She "kill" It Every Night. ;)

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AnaDeCarolis
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5 years ago

Beautiful!

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#25

Scott After 2 Years

Scott After 2 Years

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CrackrJax
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5 years ago

Haha, goes from cute basket, to box ;)

#26

8 Months Apart, Rupert The Bear Is Still Eric's Favourite Toy

8 Months Apart, Rupert The Bear Is Still Eric's Favourite Toy

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JessicaYocom
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5 years ago

Rupert the bear. Was he named after Stewie's bear from family guy?

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#27

Bell And Her Goose

Bell And Her Goose

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SarahSilverstone
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5 years ago

This is so sweet! It's my favorite on the list!!

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#28

My Baby Boy Now Three Years Old And Still Loves His Mofumin-pillow

My Baby Boy Now Three Years Old And Still Loves His Mofumin-pillow

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CrackrJax
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5 years ago

Awe love it!!

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#29

My Dog Then And Now

My Dog Then And Now

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KanishkaRajawansha
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4 years ago

In the first photo, I thought both of them are stuffed toys

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#30

Three Years Later And She Still Loves Stuffed Bears

Three Years Later And She Still Loves Stuffed Bears

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SharonBynoe
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5 years ago

This is so cute!

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#31

Growing Up With Favorite Toys

Growing Up With Favorite Toys

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JudyTyni
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5 years ago

Awwww!!!

#32

Rita, The Cat, And Joana, The Little Bug - Months Apart

Rita, The Cat, And Joana, The Little Bug - Months Apart

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JudyTyni
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5 years ago

Love the beautiful black kitties!

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#33

Sid. Kangoo Is Always Near To Him, But.... You Have To Find It!!

Sid. Kangoo Is Always Near To Him, But.... You Have To Find It!!

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CrackrJax
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5 years ago

Lol

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#34

A Year Ago Today I Met My Best Friend, And He Got His First Toy

A Year Ago Today I Met My Best Friend, And He Got His First Toy

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PennySchulze
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5 years ago

Looks like you adopted a senior...you are awesome!

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#35

He Loves His Toy So Much, He Ate His Head And Arms

He Loves His Toy So Much, He Ate His Head And Arms

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ErinArmstrong
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5 years ago

I really hate seeing toys made for humans given to dogs. That plastic can cause real damage to their digestive tracts!

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#36

Best Toy Ever

Best Toy Ever

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JudyTyni
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5 years ago

Beautiful calico! So love them!

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#37

Miep With Her Bunsen Honeydew At Four Weeks And One Year

Miep With Her Bunsen Honeydew At Four Weeks And One Year

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#38

She Can Be Very Angry If You Try To Take Her "toy"

She Can Be Very Angry If You Try To Take Her "toy"

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KittyMeow
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5 years ago

Lol

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#39

My Little Shih-tzu ,ivy And Her Best Friend - The Teddy Bear

My Little Shih-tzu ,ivy And Her Best Friend - The Teddy Bear

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PennySchulze
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5 years ago

Lol...she will never get as big as the bear :)

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#40

Oscar - 5 Years

Oscar - 5 Years

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#41

Clara & Foxy-fox 2m - 2yrs

Clara & Foxy-fox 2m - 2yrs

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#42

Nine Months Apart

Nine Months Apart

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#43

Qwik N A Puppy Toy :-)

Qwik N A Puppy Toy :-)

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#44

Pumpkin And His Owl. After 1 Year.

Pumpkin And His Owl. After 1 Year.

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KittyMeow
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5 years ago

A few of these pics kinda look like the photographer just put the toy next to the animal, but this kitty is holding on protectively! Cute!

#45

Tyler Still Prefers Grown Up Toys ~ 2 Years Later

Tyler Still Prefers Grown Up Toys ~ 2 Years Later

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Erin Ragnetti
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3 years ago

Oh, Tyler. You're a little trouble-maker! <3

#46

Tina And Her Wheel, Four Months Apart

Tina And Her Wheel, Four Months Apart

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#47

Leo: 5 Months – 5 Years

Leo: 5 Months – 5 Years

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KellyRane
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4 years ago

Puppy is so adorable!!

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#48

Havah Who Always Sleeps In Her Basket

Havah Who Always Sleeps In Her Basket

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centauri272
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5 years ago

Hahaha! I'm wondering if it's comfortable!

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#49

One Year Apart

One Year Apart

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DonaldGoldthorp
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5 years ago

Turtle and elephant are not the same.

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#50

Zachary And His Plushy Rabbit

Zachary And His Plushy Rabbit

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The Size Of The Toy Did Not Change:)

The Size Of The Toy Did Not Change:)

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DashaAfanassieva
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5 years ago

EEEEeEEeEeeEeE <3 Kitty is GORGEOUS!

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#52

Willow And His Furry Feather Ball

Willow And His Furry Feather Ball

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#53

This Was His First Toy And Four Years Later It Is Still His Favorite

This Was His First Toy And Four Years Later It Is Still His Favorite

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#54

Tribute For Kitty, My Lovely Sister 6/2002-8/2014 :')

Tribute For Kitty, My Lovely Sister 6/2002-8/2014 :')

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Magnolia
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4 years ago

I'm so sorry. It's hard to lose our fur babies...

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#55

Olivia Sage And "her Sister".

Olivia Sage And "her Sister".

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QuinnEnestvedt
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4 years ago

One of the best

#56

Troy And His Box 10 Months Apart!

Troy And His Box 10 Months Apart!

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TammyChapman
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5 years ago

Oh so precious....he misses being able to fit in there. This is my favorite.

#57

Belle, 10 Months Before.

Belle, 10 Months Before.

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KellyRane
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4 years ago

OMG She is so adorable!!

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#58

Pippa Littleton And "pig" - 4 Years Apart.

Pippa Littleton And "pig" - 4 Years Apart.

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KellyRane
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4 years ago

Pippa Littleton... 10 pts or the name play and infinity pts for cuteness!!

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#59

Izzy And Chicken

Izzy And Chicken

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5 years ago

Chicken helped Izzy through her surgery, they are still best buddies.

#60

"efe" Still Playing His Bear =)

"efe" Still Playing His Bear =)

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SerkanDİMLİ
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4 years ago

Good Boy...

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#61

Tobyzza From Bucharest

Tobyzza From Bucharest

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bmjp1313
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5 years ago

Adorable, but no age comparison photo?

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#62

Belle And Her Little Yellow Ball.

Belle And Her Little Yellow Ball.

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centauri272
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5 years ago

So cute!

#63

Pom Puppy Grows Up With Roadkill Toy

Pom Puppy Grows Up With Roadkill Toy

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#64

Then And Now After 8 Weeks.

Then And Now After 8 Weeks.

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Hanna
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5 years ago

Where's the toy?

#65

Harvey The Great Hunter - Then And Now

Harvey The Great Hunter - Then And Now

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TammyChapman
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5 years ago

Looks real to me. Hey Mom, I brought you a present...lol.

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#66

Back Than It Was Just A Duck, Today, Sex Duck!

Back Than It Was Just A Duck, Today, Sex Duck!

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#67

My Garfield's Favorite Toy!

My Garfield's Favorite Toy!

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bmjp1313
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5 years ago

So cute but, could you add a kitten pic with those toys to fit the time comparison theme of this list?

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#68

My Sweet Missy Mae I Miss Her

My Sweet Missy Mae I Miss Her

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Magnolia
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4 years ago

I'm so sorry for the lose of your fur baby, I understand the hurt you feel.

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#69

3 Yrs On, Marmalade Still Loves To Wrestle With The Cold - That Is This Cold Virus Plushie.

3 Yrs On, Marmalade Still Loves To Wrestle With The Cold - That Is This Cold Virus Plushie.

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#70

Herman 8 Weeks - 10 Months

Herman 8 Weeks - 10 Months

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