You might have had a tough week or even a difficult month. Now, it’s time to kick back, relax, and immerse yourself in some uplifting dog posts. You deserve it.

We know how much you love dogs, dear Readers, so Bored Panda has collected the newest most wholesome photos of our canine friends for you to pet virtually. Upvote the pics of your fave best boys and girls, and share photos of your own dogs in the comments! And in case you need some serious cheering up, we’ve got you covered with our earlier blessed dog lists here and here.

As if you needed more evidence that doggos are wonderful (no offense to any cattos, we love you, too), science has shown that owning pets does wonders for your physical and mental health. Having a dog at home reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, and even decreases the risk of kids developing asthma. Bored Panda wanted to learn more about the positive effects of having a dog in your life, so we reached out to the Arizona Humane Society. Scroll down for our insightful chat with them.

#1

He Loves All Animals

He Loves All Animals

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Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

A canine angel.

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I Promised To Try To Love Her As Much As Our Golden Does

I Promised To Try To Love Her As Much As Our Golden Does

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Scagsy
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7 months ago

What a perfect wedding picture, beautiful

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My Dog Is 18, Has Trouble Standing. Since Clare Was Born, He Stands For Hours Watching. Good Boy

My Dog Is 18, Has Trouble Standing. Since Clare Was Born, He Stands For Hours Watching. Good Boy

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

We dont deserve dogs 🐶

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AHS Media Relations Specialist Kelsey Dickerson told Bored Panda all about how our physical and mental health improve when we get a dog. "There are so many incredible benefits of owning a pet that go beyond the joy they bring to us each and every day, studies prove that having a furry friend greatly improves our mental and physical health as well, especially during these times when quarantine and social distancing has led people to staying at home and decreased in-person interaction," she said.

"A few physical benefits of owning a pet include lowered stress levels, increased heart health (i.e. lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels, heart rate, etc.), helping you and your family stay in shape with increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities with your pets, as well as increased socialization opportunities with other people and pet owners," Kelsey went through some of the benefits.

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Four Borzoi Dogs Adorably Peek Their Big Noses Out Of Curtained Window One At A Time

Four Borzoi Dogs Adorably Peek Their Big Noses Out Of Curtained Window One At A Time

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Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

Elegant noses, not big. Elegant.

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#5

Sacrifice

Sacrifice

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Antonia
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7 months ago

three times so sweet, dog, dad and you

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#6

Stray Dog Looking After Stray Kittens

Stray Dog Looking After Stray Kittens

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7 months ago

team work during the tough times

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"Pets also help improve our mental health by offering us unconditional love and companionship, especially for those who live by themselves or are unable to socialize with others on a regular basis. It has also been proven that pets help decrease our anxiety levels, increase our compassion for others, and also help children’s cognitive stimulation and understanding of appropriately interacting with other beings."

Just how much more active are dog owners? In general, they tend to walk and much much more. One study found that older dog owners took an average of 2,760 more steps each day compared to non-owner seniors. That’s more or less an extra 23 minutes of daily exercise.

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I Heard A Light Knock On My Door And Went To Answer It And It Was My Landlords’ Dog Bringing Me A Stick

I Heard A Light Knock On My Door And Went To Answer It And It Was My Landlords’ Dog Bringing Me A Stick

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago (edited)

Ok this is too cute🥺

Carrie Laughs
Community Member
7 months ago

Play hooman! Play now!

Courtney Christelle
Community Member
7 months ago

"Here's a stick. By the way, rent's due."

Perfumista Perfumista
Community Member
7 months ago

So did you go play fetch?

kasa alex
Community Member
7 months ago

At first I thought it said 'Good boy'

Linda HS
Community Member
7 months ago

Awwwww😻

Justine Nicole
Community Member
7 months ago

It looks like he already left one haha

NanZ
Community Member
7 months ago

I thought that too until I zoomed in. I thought it was it's collar at first, but then I thought it looked like a hairbrush for a dog or a person. Black handle with pink where the bristles are. I could also be totally wrong!

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Rissie
Community Member
7 months ago

So... Play?

bv7hearts
Community Member
7 months ago

And good day to you, fine pup!

Demongrrrrl
Community Member
7 months ago

How did he knock?

Chelle R.
Community Member
7 months ago

@Demongrrrrl Guessing his paws & or probably with his sticks! My cat scratches "knocks" on the closed bathroom door when she wants her back & butt rubbed lol!

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Joyce Deering
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7 months ago

Dog says, "So, Lady, how ya like da stick? Pretty nice one, huh?" Awwww.....you ARE going to cook this doggo a nice steak, right? Maybe a lil' one? Look at that sweet face!

Eli
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7 months ago

he might of forgotten that he didnt live there anymore

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#8

'they Hired A Photographer Just For Me!'

'they Hired A Photographer Just For Me!'

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Camilla Gonzales
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7 months ago

yesh just for you :3

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#9

12/10 Good Boye

12/10 Good Boye

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Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

You can see past his scars into his heart. I hope he's not in pain.

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Time also writes that another study showed how dog owners were much more active during the winter months, spending around half an hour less being sedentary each day. So having a dog is wonderful for your physical health because they help you stay in shape while you’re helping them stay in shape. It’s the perfect quid pro quo situation, don’t you think?

Some of us might wish that we could understand what dogs are saying. However, canine experts already have a pretty good idea of what they’re trying to communicate with their body language.

#10

Charlie! He Was My Sober Gift To Myself. 130 Days Alcohol Free Today

Charlie! He Was My Sober Gift To Myself. 130 Days Alcohol Free Today

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Gemjoybug
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7 months ago

Good on you

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#11

Growing Old Together!

Growing Old Together!

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Antonia
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7 months ago

forever love

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#12

Beautiful

Beautiful

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Awwwwwwww so cute and a bit sad he/she was left there. If he/she was mine i would have made extra sure it was taken care of

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For example, when a dog maintains eye contact with you, that’s usually its way of saying that it trusts and loves you. When your doggo bows before you, that means that it wants you to take a break from working or studying and play with it for a bit.

Meanwhile, when your pet brings you an object, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it wants to play fetch! Sometimes, these items are meant as gifts. Lucky you!

#13

A Family Portrait

A Family Portrait

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Francis
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7 months ago

how do you get the attention of 5 different animal? or is it photoshopped and i'm just naiv? :)

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#14

My Dog Lexi Is Turning 10 Soon. Through College, 3 Cities, 2 Apartments, And Our First Real House - Anywhere We Go, We Go Together

My Dog Lexi Is Turning 10 Soon. Through College, 3 Cities, 2 Apartments, And Our First Real House - Anywhere We Go, We Go Together

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Antonia
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7 months ago

true friends...

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#15

Taught Chloe To Stand On My Wheelchair’s Feet Rests, Now All She Wants To Do Is Give Me Kisses

Taught Chloe To Stand On My Wheelchair’s Feet Rests, Now All She Wants To Do Is Give Me Kisses

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Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

Be careful what you teach her. Sweet girl!

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#16

This Is "Frida", She Has Saved 60 People So Far In Her Career

This Is "Frida", She Has Saved 60 People So Far In Her Career

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Anne
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7 months ago

A statue has been raised in her honor <3

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#17

Father And Son

Father And Son

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago (edited)

So protective🥰

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#18

I Got You, Fren

I Got You, Fren

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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7 months ago (edited)

He protec

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#19

A Good Smiley Boi

A Good Smiley Boi

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Umut Börü Özsoy
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7 months ago

Beatiful pittie , I love him

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#20

We Tested Smoke Detectors Yesterday. She Heard The Alarms And Ran Up The Stairs, Made It Past The Dog Gate, And Frantically Searched Every Room Looking For All Of Us. She Would Not Calm Down Until She Could Check Every Room. She Has Never Been Trained To Do This, But She Still Tried To Rescue Us

We Tested Smoke Detectors Yesterday. She Heard The Alarms And Ran Up The Stairs, Made It Past The Dog Gate, And Frantically Searched Every Room Looking For All Of Us. She Would Not Calm Down Until She Could Check Every Room. She Has Never Been Trained To Do This, But She Still Tried To Rescue Us

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

So loyal🥰😘

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#21

Like Father, Like Son !

Like Father, Like Son !

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

TWINSIES

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#22

When Ravioli Saw His Pups For The First Time!

When Ravioli Saw His Pups For The First Time!

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

I WANT ONE SOOO CUTEE

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#23

My Grandma Had A 10th Birthday Party For Her Dog

My Grandma Had A 10th Birthday Party For Her Dog

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Cute cake

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#24

In Mexico, This Girl Who Was Celebrating Her 15 Years Was Posing On The Floor When A Stray Dog ​​approached And Snuggled Over Her. Instead Of Getting Angry, She Asked To Take Pictures Together

In Mexico, This Girl Who Was Celebrating Her 15 Years Was Posing On The Floor When A Stray Dog ​​approached And Snuggled Over Her. Instead Of Getting Angry, She Asked To Take Pictures Together

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Alma Mater
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7 months ago

dogs know when they meet gentle people

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#25

Chewbacca Cosplay

Chewbacca Cosplay

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

WOAH

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#26

He Guarded A Bird With Broken Wing Under My Truck For Four Days Before It Could Fly Off. Had To Bring Them Both Food And Water Because He Refused To Leave Its Side Day And Night, Very Proud Of Him

He Guarded A Bird With Broken Wing Under My Truck For Four Days Before It Could Fly Off. Had To Bring Them Both Food And Water Because He Refused To Leave Its Side Day And Night, Very Proud Of Him

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Awwwww

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#27

When The Ac Hits Just Right

When The Ac Hits Just Right

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ElusiveIntrovert
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7 months ago

awwdorable

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#28

Today Is Extra Special Because This Old Man, Who I Was Once Told Had A Life Expectancy Of 8 Years, Turns 16 Today! Happy Birthday Baxter Bear!

Today Is Extra Special Because This Old Man, Who I Was Once Told Had A Life Expectancy Of 8 Years, Turns 16 Today! Happy Birthday Baxter Bear!

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Umut Börü Özsoy
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7 months ago

Baxter Bear is just the cutest live long pal

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#29

Just A Raccoon Hugging A Chihuahua

Just A Raccoon Hugging A Chihuahua

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Francis
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7 months ago (edited)

looks like a pic for their instagram account :D

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#30

My Dog Diesel Passed Away Last Month. I Had Him Cremated And His Ashes Spun In This Orb

My Dog Diesel Passed Away Last Month. I Had Him Cremated And His Ashes Spun In This Orb

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

A tiny bit weird but looks amazing!

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#31

Purest Pup Ever

Purest Pup Ever

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Awwww good boii

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#32

Four Friends Taking A Nap

Four Friends Taking A Nap

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Francis
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7 months ago

*__*

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#33

Rare Beauty

Rare Beauty

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Olivier Caissy
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7 months ago

Beastly beauty.

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#34

True Love Knows No Fences

True Love Knows No Fences

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

“So sorry, Heard your owner got a cat“...

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#35

My Dog Rolo Has Always Been A Messy Drinker, My Girlfriend Turned His Water Bowl Into A Moss Garden To Keep The Place Tidy

My Dog Rolo Has Always Been A Messy Drinker, My Girlfriend Turned His Water Bowl Into A Moss Garden To Keep The Place Tidy

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Francis
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7 months ago (edited)

great idea! Wish i could do the same with the cat litters :D

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#36

It’s Important For Everyone To See This

It’s Important For Everyone To See This

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Manasvi Tupe
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7 months ago

The sweetest picture ever

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#37

My Foster Mama Ellie Had Her Babies Yesterday - Apparently She Came With A Whole Lab Sampler Pack!

My Foster Mama Ellie Had Her Babies Yesterday - Apparently She Came With A Whole Lab Sampler Pack!

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Francis
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7 months ago (edited)

8 puppies *_* so cute! would need just one more chocco lab to make my ocd happy :D

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#38

Took My Uncles Guide Dog For An "Off Work" Walk

Took My Uncles Guide Dog For An "Off Work" Walk

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Yana Friman
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7 months ago

Doggo having fun!)

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#39

If You’ve Had A Rough Week Check Out Little Man Snoozing With His Very Good Boy

If You’ve Had A Rough Week Check Out Little Man Snoozing With His Very Good Boy

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Francis
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7 months ago

chwebacca cosplayer is that you again?

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#40

Sir Patrick Stewart Playing A Very Serious Game Of Chess With His Foster Pup

Sir Patrick Stewart Playing A Very Serious Game Of Chess With His Foster Pup

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

SO CUTE AHHH

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#41

I Made This

I Made This

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Antonia
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7 months ago

proud mamma

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#42

Perfect Fit

Perfect Fit

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Brave?

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#43

I’m Currently 40 Weeks Pregnant And His Favourite Spot Is On The Bump

I’m Currently 40 Weeks Pregnant And His Favourite Spot Is On The Bump

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Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

They totally know what's happening here. Beautiful.

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#44

Somehow, I’ve Ended Up With Three Different Animals With The Same Color Scheme

Somehow, I’ve Ended Up With Three Different Animals With The Same Color Scheme

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Beautiful

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#45

This Dog Donated His Blood

This Dog Donated His Blood

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Awww dogs are so much better than us 🥺

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#46

Doggy Has Asthma And Requires Multiple Nebulizations. But As Long As He Has His Ducky With Him, He Know He Is Gonna Be Ok

Doggy Has Asthma And Requires Multiple Nebulizations. But As Long As He Has His Ducky With Him, He Know He Is Gonna Be Ok

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Dorothy Parker
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7 months ago

Oh Sweetie.

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#47

Meet Charly, The Heart-Eyed Beauty ?? Isn't He Gorgeous?

Meet Charly, The Heart-Eyed Beauty ?? Isn't He Gorgeous?

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Yes he is🥰

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#48

Teddy Has Been Working On His Quarantine Beard. What Do You Guys Think?

Teddy Has Been Working On His Quarantine Beard. What Do You Guys Think?

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

Ok this is adorable

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#49

When You Walk Past Someone You Know But Not Enough For You To Say Hello

When You Walk Past Someone You Know But Not Enough For You To Say Hello

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Anxious Pansexual Nightmare
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7 months ago

Honestly, this is me

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#50

My Mom Puts Their Puppy In Her Apron Pocket When She Preps Dinner And I’m Not Sure Who Enjoys It More

My Mom Puts Their Puppy In Her Apron Pocket When She Preps Dinner And I’m Not Sure Who Enjoys It More

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Berry Budgie
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7 months ago

THE CUTENESS IS TOO MUCH AAAAAHHHH

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