These are tough times we live in, and we know how hard you’ve been working and studying recently, dear Pandas. So we had a little chat and decided to reward you for being so awesome by sharing some of the most heartwarming and wholesome animal photos from around the internet with you. So take a break, relax, and enjoy these uplifting pics, collected by our team here at Bored Panda.

From photos of cats and dogs being so adorable you’ll melt in your seats to more exotic animals with so much love in their eyes it’s restored all of our faith in, well, pretty much everything, there’s a bit of everything for everyone. So scroll down for a concentrated dose of cuteness, upvote the photos that you enjoyed the most, and make sure to send this list to anyone who you think could use a smile today.

Oh, and in case you want to feel extra good about yourselves, Pandas, we’ve got another article about uplifting animal photos right over here. Check it out when you’ve enjoyed the company of all the pets featured below. And, yes, they do enjoy head pats.

The PDSA, the United Kingdom's leading veterinary charity, answered Bored Panda's questions about how pets help reduce stress and anxiety, how to comfort frightened pets, as well as how we can tell if our cats and dogs genuinely care about us. You'll find our full interview with PDSA Vet Nurse Shauna Spooner below. Make sure you don't miss her advice!

Warning: you might feel so good that you might adopt half the animals from your local shelter. You’ve been warned!

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I Seriously Cannot Even. Today's Daycare Photo Of My Girl Who Is Absolutely Smitten With George, The Great Dane

I Seriously Cannot Even. Today's Daycare Photo Of My Girl Who Is Absolutely Smitten With George, The Great Dane

The face says it all. Yes, love does funny things to a girl

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Can’t blame her. George is pretty handsome.

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“Studies have shown that stroking a cat or a dog for just ten minutes can significantly reduce our stress levels. Showing your pet affection can also lower blood pressure and increase 'feel-good' hormone levels, and it is proven that dogs receive the same benefits when they are getting affection from us," PDSA Vet Nurse Shauna shared with Bored Panda that physical contact helps both the owner, as well as the pet.

"Cats may also get a 'feel-good' hormone boost when being petted, but the evidence is not as strong compared to dogs. This is not unexpected, due to how different the human-dog and human-cat bond is, and how they have been domesticated differently," she noted.

Bored Panda was interested in how owners can help comfort their pets if they happen to be frightened by loud noises or find themselves in an unfamiliar environment. There's no one-size-fits-all approach, you have to take cues from your pet.

#2

Today Our Cat Gave Birth To 4 Kittens, And Her Blissful Exhausted Face While Hugging Her Baby Is One Of The Most Beautiful Things I've Seen

Today Our Cat Gave Birth To 4 Kittens, And Her Blissful Exhausted Face While Hugging Her Baby Is One Of The Most Beautiful Things I've Seen

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

She’s gorgeous and so are her babies.

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The Cat That Guided Me Down The Mountain When I Got Lost In Gimmelwald, Switzerland

The Cat That Guided Me Down The Mountain When I Got Lost In Gimmelwald, Switzerland

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Whitefox
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1 month ago

This cat belongs to a couple who run a nearby hostel and has been seen by several hikers including guiding one man who sprained his ankle down the hill.

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“No pet owner will want to see their furry friend frightened, and it can be hard to know how to comfort them in their time of need. It’s important to follow their lead—if they want to be alone, let them, but just ensure they have a designated safe space to retreat to. If they seek reassurance from you, you can gently talk to them and try to distract them with healthy treats or playtime," Shauna, from the PDSA, explained to us.

"Find the right balance—if you comfort your pet more than usual, you can make them feel more unsettled and worried, but make sure you are there for them when they need you.”

Meanwhile, the Vet Nurse revealed to us how we can tell if our pets really do care about us. Unsurprisingly, it's a tad easier with dogs than with cats, who are slightly more subtle.

“Anyone who has ever owned a dog will talk about the unconditional love their pets show them, and probably the easiest dog body language to understand is a happy dog! There are some really clear signs to spot such as a high and waggy tail, relaxed ears and body. They may also be playful, leaping around you, or they may lean into you for attention and a stroke," PDSA representative Shauna said.

#4

Zorro And Bandit Are Ready To Fight Crime

Zorro And Bandit Are Ready To Fight Crime

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MED71
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1 month ago

Will steal your heart and your wallet.. perhaps your car.

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#5

This Is The Only Acceptable Item That Can Poke Through Between My Seats

This Is The Only Acceptable Item That Can Poke Through Between My Seats

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

He can kick my seat all he wants!

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#6

Our Lady Was Pretty Calm While Hiding In Bomb Shelter In Kyiv Last Night

Our Lady Was Pretty Calm While Hiding In Bomb Shelter In Kyiv Last Night

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

What a brave kitty!

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"Cats are a little different—you won’t necessarily find them leaping around you, but they will show their affection by coming to you for attention, and through claiming you as theirs by rubbing you with the scent glands in their body and face. A happy and relaxed cat will look at you with slow blinking eyes to show trust and affection, and communicate by purring, chirruping, or trilling at you."

Shauna also shared her thoughts about how we should interpret the 'gifts' that cats sometimes bring their owners. "Some say it is a sign of respect and is a 'present' for us whereas other opinions say that they bring their prey back to their home where they feel safe. Either way, it’s a nice (but unpleasant) sentiment!”

#7

Family

Family

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

What a cute family!

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#8

Dennis The Dieting Dog Lost 79% Of His Body Weight With Healthy Habits

Dennis The Dieting Dog Lost 79% Of His Body Weight With Healthy Habits

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Jessica Bower
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1 month ago

Holy cow! Weight loss goals

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#9

This Is Tilly 4 Months Ago vs. Today. She'll Be Well-Fed And Taking It Easy From Now On

This Is Tilly 4 Months Ago vs. Today. She'll Be Well-Fed And Taking It Easy From Now On

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

I love her ears.

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Cat behaviorist Ingrid Johnson, the founder of Fundamentally Feline, explained to Bored Panda that taking the time to get to know one’s pet helps improve your relationship with them.

"For many people, our pets are a great comfort, a best friend, a listening ear, and a source of unconditional love. Sadly, for others, their cat might stress them out, or they might find the cat annoying. This is usually due to a lack of understanding about how to best care for their cat and meet their needs, train them, etc. Those pet parents should seek the help of a qualified behaviorist! While some research claims that pets relieve stress and lower blood pressure, other studies have disproven this theory,” the feline specialist told Bored Panda during an earlier interview.

#10

Sleeping Fox

Sleeping Fox

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Deron Newman
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1 month ago

Darling Sweet Soul

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#11

Darwin Does A Very Good Job Finding Drugs And Posing For Pictures

Darwin Does A Very Good Job Finding Drugs And Posing For Pictures

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Nunya Bidness
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1 month ago

He high af

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#12

My Parents Found A Kitten And Our Rottweiler Found A New Friend To Look After

My Parents Found A Kitten And Our Rottweiler Found A New Friend To Look After

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Bless that gentle doggie.

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"Not to be negative in any way, but cats often self-preserve. This is how they have survived and evolved to be survivors over thousands of years. Their instincts are generally to hide to avoid danger or to flee. They prefer not to fight as that increases the potential for injury. An injured cat cannot hunt and take care of themselves so 'going into battle' is not their first choice," the cat behaviorist said that cats, generally, tend to see their own well-being as paramount.

Ingrid said that cats often like people the most when they “play hard to get,” so don’t be surprised if they run away from you when you pounce for some quality cuddling time. It really all comes down to what the cat prefers as an individual. Some are snuggle bugs, others like to approach you on their own terms.

#13

The Joy Of A Morning In The Country

The Joy Of A Morning In The Country

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zxracat
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1 month ago

Bambi is that u?

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#14

This Is Humphrey, Our Foster Boy Who Failed His Sheepdog Training Because He Just Wanted To Be Friends With The Sheep

This Is Humphrey, Our Foster Boy Who Failed His Sheepdog Training Because He Just Wanted To Be Friends With The Sheep

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Ozzie Ogawa
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1 month ago

Bet he could fly with those ears 🤭

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#15

When My Daughter's Rat, "Wasabi Bobby", Is Nervous Or In A New Situation, He Holds Her Hand For Comfort

When My Daughter's Rat, "Wasabi Bobby", Is Nervous Or In A New Situation, He Holds Her Hand For Comfort

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Katie Lutesinger
Community Member
1 month ago

One of my rats, Rain, loves to stretch herself out on my hand, just under my chin, and watch videos with me. She even does a big contented yawn first! I'd love to get a picture of her doing it but of course that's pretty much impossible (if I move she gets up, and every time she sees my phone she wants to grab it).

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"Respecting an individual cat's preferences for engagement is a good way to respect them," she said. "Providing a feline-friendly environment that meets the cat's needs is the best way to ensure you have a happy cat that feels safe and will 'love you back.' This means offering vertical space cat trees or cat condos, playing with your cat daily to offer opportunities to hunt and relieve stress, offering multiple outlets for scratching, and offering different substrates (they all have unique preferences) and just providing an engaging environment."

A huge part of being happy in life is directly related to doing good deeds, as well as loving others. Some choose to focus on their family and friends while others choose to spend quality time with their adorable floofs. Putting in the effort to create wholesome relationships makes everyone’s lives better.

#16

The Perfect Description Of The Treasure At The End Of The Rainbow

The Perfect Description Of The Treasure At The End Of The Rainbow

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Kimberly Alison
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1 month ago

Pure gold.

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#17

The Gang Is Eagerly Awaiting Dinnertime

The Gang Is Eagerly Awaiting Dinnertime

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MED71
Community Member
1 month ago

Aren't you cats supposed to be melty? Get in there!!!

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#18

This Is Chico. He Managed To Get Lost So He Went To The Police To Report Himself Missing, He Was Safely Returned To The Owners And Is Safe At Home

This Is Chico. He Managed To Get Lost So He Went To The Police To Report Himself Missing, He Was Safely Returned To The Owners And Is Safe At Home

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Pandamonium
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1 month ago (edited)

Smart boy. Glad he's safe and at home. 🐶

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Very recently, Bored Panda had a chat about happiness and health with Ariane Sherine, the author of ‘How to Live to 100’ and ‘Talk Yourself Better.’ She shared some great insights with us.

“Close, fulfilling relationships with others are one of the most important things when it comes to happiness, whether romantic or platonic. Studies show that the more close friendships and relationships you have, the longer you live,” she said, adding that volunteering, being kind to others, lending a helping hand all help improve your own quality of life.

#19

Cat Refuses To Leave The Side Of His Grandpa Who’s Fighting Cancer

Cat Refuses To Leave The Side Of His Grandpa Who’s Fighting Cancer

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Shashonie
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1 month ago

He knows all that purring is doing a world of good💜.

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#20

After A 10-Day Fight With Parvo. Cinnamon Is Home

After A 10-Day Fight With Parvo. Cinnamon Is Home

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Such a fitting name.

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#21

Reunited Brothers

Reunited Brothers

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KitKat
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1 month ago

Aww, good boys reunited 💝

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“There are other things that contribute to happiness and well-being including taking regular exercise, eating healthily, having enough money to feel comfortable, having job security, and enjoying experiences rather than possessions,” Ariane told us.

“Self-care and taking time for yourself are also very important. But I'd say close relationships are probably the most essential things to happiness.”

#22

She Loves Her Cake

She Loves Her Cake

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

Daisy is adorable!

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#23

Photo Showing The Sweet Boy Consoling Dad After A Hard Day At Work

Photo Showing The Sweet Boy Consoling Dad After A Hard Day At Work

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Aski Markup
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1 month ago

😢

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#24

My One-Eyed Beauty

My One-Eyed Beauty

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Joy
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1 month ago

S/he really is a beauty.

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The writer said that it’s always worth remembering that being kind to others can also lift you up as well. “In fact, the easiest way to take your mind off your own problems is to help someone else with theirs,” she said. “But if you're feeling really lethargic and low, the best thing is probably to sleep, or at least rest.”

#25

I Sold A Rug To Someone On Marketplace And They Just Sent Me This Picture With The Message "Little Man Is Chuffed"

I Sold A Rug To Someone On Marketplace And They Just Sent Me This Picture With The Message "Little Man Is Chuffed"

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Dandelion Girl
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1 month ago

I love this beyond words

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#26

This Is The Only Toy He Doesn't Rip To Shreds

This Is The Only Toy He Doesn't Rip To Shreds

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zxracat
Community Member
1 month ago

What a beautiful dog!

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#27

This Weirdo Yells Until I Let Her Join Me In The Bathtub

This Weirdo Yells Until I Let Her Join Me In The Bathtub

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Erin Fish
Community Member
1 month ago

I had a calico just like this! Total water baby but mostly wanted to be near and dip her paw in. I swear we had this same set up once. Couldn't shower or bath alone! 😊

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She added that we should all be aware of the fact that we can never control everything (and it’ll make us very anxious if we do), however, it’s vital that we do what we can to make our own situation better. Letting go of our perfectionism, focusing on what’s realistic and practical, can help us feel happier. And it might just make us kinder towards everyone else—whether they’re human beings or adorable animals who need an extra dose of cuddles and a new forever home.

#28

Best Friends Forever

Best Friends Forever

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Patti Wagner
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1 month ago

Best Friends Forever!

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#29

We Gave Our Bearded Dragon A Toy Lizard, Now He's Attached And Won't Leave Its Side Ever. This Is How He Sleeps Every Day

We Gave Our Bearded Dragon A Toy Lizard, Now He's Attached And Won't Leave Its Side Ever. This Is How He Sleeps Every Day

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glowworm2
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1 month ago

He looks so adorably happy!

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#30

Co-Parenting At Its Finest! 2-Week-Old Jelly Beans, 6-Week-Old Toddlers, And 2 Mamas Who Love And Feed Whichever Kitten Is Closest

Co-Parenting At Its Finest! 2-Week-Old Jelly Beans, 6-Week-Old Toddlers, And 2 Mamas Who Love And Feed Whichever Kitten Is Closest

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Omi bub
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1 month ago

Families come in all shapes & sizes 😍

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#31

Camping With Golden Retrievers

Camping With Golden Retrievers

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Kimberly Alison
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1 month ago

Hope you brought 3 chairs!

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#32

Been Caring For My Dad Who Has Terminal Cancer For 3 Months Now And This Guy Has Never Left His Side

Been Caring For My Dad Who Has Terminal Cancer For 3 Months Now And This Guy Has Never Left His Side

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KellyKix
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1 month ago

Golden Girls + puppy is good for the soul

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#33

My Chickens Greeting Me When I Come Home From Work

My Chickens Greeting Me When I Come Home From Work

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Kimberly Alison
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1 month ago

How sweet!

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#34

My Senior Cat Won't Let Me Sleep Unless I Spoon Him Every Night

My Senior Cat Won't Let Me Sleep Unless I Spoon Him Every Night

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Jessica Bower
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1 month ago

Blep

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#35

Favorite Pic Of Strider (Dog) And Smulder (Cat) Taken The Day My Daughter Came Home

Favorite Pic Of Strider (Dog) And Smulder (Cat) Taken The Day My Daughter Came Home

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Ola Pe
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1 month ago (edited)

„Smulder, you think it’s edible?”

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#36

Here's Marceline

Here's Marceline

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Deron Newman
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1 month ago

... and there's sweetness

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#37

This Little Lady Is Very Proud Of Herself For Hopping On The Hay Bale… Only 3 Days Old Too

This Little Lady Is Very Proud Of Herself For Hopping On The Hay Bale… Only 3 Days Old Too

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Lol'owl
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1 month ago

❤️

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#38

Meet The Future Guide Dogs: Purdee, Poppy, Pippa, Phoebe, Lola, Percy, Pilot, Cooper, Pluto, Polo And Their Proud Mum Vicky

Meet The Future Guide Dogs: Purdee, Poppy, Pippa, Phoebe, Lola, Percy, Pilot, Cooper, Pluto, Polo And Their Proud Mum Vicky

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MED71
Community Member
1 month ago

Vicky earns a raise, and a little vacation. Seriously

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#39

Snuggled With His Plushie

Snuggled With His Plushie

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Whitefox
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1 month ago

I am genuinely curious, do Hedgies shed?

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#40

Two Deers One Kitten

Two Deers One Kitten

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Whitefox
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1 month ago

Finally a 2 and 1 Picture I can feel good about!

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#41

Best Friends Overnight

Best Friends Overnight

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I'm.Just.A.Girl
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1 month ago

The colors on both of them! Their faces! They are both gorgeous!

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#42

This Little One Often Sits On A Chair Staring Inside The Back Door At Me. Today I Went Outside To Find Out It Just Loves Me

This Little One Often Sits On A Chair Staring Inside The Back Door At Me. Today I Went Outside To Find Out It Just Loves Me

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Collin Lyle
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1 month ago

Goldfinch, I think. I love them!

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#43

Wife Got A New Dog I Was Adamant I Didn't Want Another. So Trying To Avoid Him And This Is How He Greets Me

Wife Got A New Dog I Was Adamant I Didn't Want Another. So Trying To Avoid Him And This Is How He Greets Me

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KitKat
Community Member
1 month ago

He's claimed you 🐕

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#44

Someone Told Me You Might Like Him

Someone Told Me You Might Like Him

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Kat O.
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1 month ago

Well, they were wrong. I don't like him. I love him! 😍

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#45

When You Don't Know What You're Doing But You Want To Help

When You Don't Know What You're Doing But You Want To Help

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zxracat
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1 month ago

Cute, but what *are* they trying to do?

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#46

My Big Dog And Tiny Foster Kitten Adore Each Other

My Big Dog And Tiny Foster Kitten Adore Each Other

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Nunya Bidness
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1 month ago

They are both gorgeous!

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#47

When Nervous She Usually Puts A Paw On My Foot For Support. Here She Was Formally Introduced To Someone New

When Nervous She Usually Puts A Paw On My Foot For Support. Here She Was Formally Introduced To Someone New

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Shannon Dasher
Community Member
1 month ago

What is it...with dogs & toes? Is this why my German Shepherd is stepping on me? I dunno

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#48

Dog Mum Adopted A Deer Pup

Dog Mum Adopted A Deer Pup

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Andrea
Community Member
1 month ago

We drink cow milk. So why wouldn't it work

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#49

Things That Cats Do

Things That Cats Do

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My O My
Community Member
1 month ago

Perfect birthday party

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#50

Where Are They Going?

Where Are They Going?

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MED71
Community Member
1 month ago

Vet stalked by disgruntled patients remains missing.

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