In 2017, Cambridge researchers looked at the interactions of 12-year-olds and their pets in 77 British households. The children were asked about the quality of relationships with their family members, including pets. That quality was calculated across four different dimensions: satisfaction with the relationship, feelings of companionship, communication, and conflict.

Of those parameters, the kids reported not only less conflict with pets than their siblings, but also more satisfaction. That's a polite, academic way of saying they felt a stronger bond with their pet than with their brother or sister. Moreover, researchers noted that in the hierarchy of pets, kids were most bonded with dogs.

So consider this original Bored Panda list as the following argument: if you believe that your kids don't need a dog, you must be a cat. While we're at it, check out a compilation of photos we put together in the past to support this claim too.

#1

8 Months Ago, Our Son Got A Support Dog. Our Son Was Mostly Wheelchair Dependent. We Hoped His Dog Would Help Him Grow Stronger. I Think We Can Conclude That Together They Succeeded

8 Months Ago, Our Son Got A Support Dog. Our Son Was Mostly Wheelchair Dependent. We Hoped His Dog Would Help Him Grow Stronger. I Think We Can Conclude That Together They Succeeded

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Full of Giggles
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6 months ago

Who’s cutting onions?

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Coming back to the eye-opening research we talked about at the beginning of this post, Matt Cassels, a Gates Cambridge Scholar at the Department of Psychiatry, who led the study, said that anyone who has loved a childhood pet knows that we turn to them for companionship and disclosure, just like relationships between people.  

"We wanted to know how strong these relationships are with pets relative to other close family ties. Ultimately this may enable us to understand how animals contribute to healthy child development," Cassels explained.

#2

A Baby And His Dog

A Baby And His Dog

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Eva the Egg
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6 months ago

AWW 💕💕💕 even the dog is smiling 😭

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According to the academic, even though pets may not fully understand or respond verbally, the level of disclosure to pets was no less than to siblings. And the fact that pets cannot understand or talk back may even be a benefit! It means they are completely non-judgmental.

"While previous research has often found that boys report stronger relationships with their pets than girls do, we actually found the opposite. While boys and girls were equally satisfied with their pets, girls reported more disclosure, companionship, and conflict with their pet than did boys, perhaps indicating that girls may interact with their pets in more nuanced ways," Cassels said.

Dr. Nancy Gee, Human-Animal Interaction Research Manager at WALTHAM and a co-author of the study, added that evidence continues to grow, showing that pets have positive benefits on human health and community cohesion.

"The social support that adolescents receive from pets may well support psychological well-being later in life but there is still more to learn about the long term impact of pets on children’s development."

#3

I Volunteer For A Dog Rescue, We Love Seeing Updates Of The Dogs In Their New Homes. This One Made Me Smile

I Volunteer For A Dog Rescue, We Love Seeing Updates Of The Dogs In Their New Homes. This One Made Me Smile

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

this is so pure

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#4

My Son Has Autism And One Of His Unique Trait, Is His Need For Physical Contact At All Times. Barb Came Into Our Lives And Elected Herself To The Position Of Weighted Blanket & Bodyguard

My Son Has Autism And One Of His Unique Trait, Is His Need For Physical Contact At All Times. Barb Came Into Our Lives And Elected Herself To The Position Of Weighted Blanket & Bodyguard

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

That is just wonderful. Dogs can do so much good for us and I am glad for those two!

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#5

We Told Lincoln To Watch Some Youtube Videos On How To Train His Puppy

We Told Lincoln To Watch Some Youtube Videos On How To Train His Puppy

So here he is, showing them to the dog.

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MagicalUnicorn
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6 months ago

some attention was paid :D

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#6

Two Street Children, With Barely Enough Money To Afford Slippers, Bandage An Injured Puppy

Two Street Children, With Barely Enough Money To Afford Slippers, Bandage An Injured Puppy

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

It breaks my heart... No kid ever should live like this. The truth is, there're a lot of them. Even in so called civilized countries. You usually don't have to got to countries far away, they're just around the corner.

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#7

My Daughter Has A Huge Heart For Dogs And Begged For Months To Get Another Rescue. She Even Used All Her Money To Pitch In For The Fees. Here She Is With Our Third Rescue Pupper, Daisy

My Daughter Has A Huge Heart For Dogs And Begged For Months To Get Another Rescue. She Even Used All Her Money To Pitch In For The Fees. Here She Is With Our Third Rescue Pupper, Daisy

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MagicalUnicorn
Community Member
6 months ago

beautiful doggo

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#8

A Sleeping Baby, Dog, And Cat. I Think I Win The Internet High Score

A Sleeping Baby, Dog, And Cat. I Think I Win The Internet High Score

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Hayasahibaa
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes, you do 🙂

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#9

And I Never Thought That 17 Years Later, My Best Friend Would Live To Meet My First Child

And I Never Thought That 17 Years Later, My Best Friend Would Live To Meet My First Child

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

"And those, Timmy, are the punks that won't get offa our lawn (Dirty Harry reference). You may bark at 'em from time to time."

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#10

So, Cassidy (My Daughter) Was Snuggling Elsa (Our Rescue Pup) Under Her Hoodie. I Walked Into The Room And Asked "Where's Elsa?" Well, Elsa Tried To Get To Me

So, Cassidy (My Daughter) Was Snuggling Elsa (Our Rescue Pup) Under Her Hoodie. I Walked Into The Room And Asked "Where's Elsa?" Well, Elsa Tried To Get To Me

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Into the unkownnnn!

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#11

Our Neighbor Gives Treats Through The Fence. Recently He Has Been Giving My Daughter Treats Too. This Is Them Waiting Patiently Today

Our Neighbor Gives Treats Through The Fence. Recently He Has Been Giving My Daughter Treats Too. This Is Them Waiting Patiently Today

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

That would probably be called successful conditioning. ;)

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#12

Their Dog Hasn’t Eaten Well Since They Brought Their Baby Home - Dog Kept Taking Food Into The Living Room And Leaving It There

Their Dog Hasn’t Eaten Well Since They Brought Their Baby Home - Dog Kept Taking Food Into The Living Room And Leaving It There

Someone suggested the dog might be worried the baby isn’t visibly eating, so is “feeding” the baby. They tried giving the baby a bowl of food at the same time. It worked!

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Awww cute instincts

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#13

Just A Boy And His New Dog

Just A Boy And His New Dog

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

Look at his smile... I mean, that is what it is about, right?

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#14

My Moms Rescue Dog Rico Is Best Friends With My Baby. I Interrupted Them Watching Peppa Pig

My Moms Rescue Dog Rico Is Best Friends With My Baby. I Interrupted Them Watching Peppa Pig

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow, that dogs head is as big as the little one. A big friend.

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#15

I Knew My Senior Dog Loved Babies, But Seeing Him Love My Daughter Makes My Heart Burst

I Knew My Senior Dog Loved Babies, But Seeing Him Love My Daughter Makes My Heart Burst

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

is it just me but does your senior dog look like a puppy

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#16

Peeking Buddies

Peeking Buddies

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SoozeeQ
Community Member
6 months ago

These two growin' up together - best friends for life.

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#17

This Bulldog Squish Into Any Space As Along As He’s Close To His Human

This Bulldog Squish Into Any Space As Along As He’s Close To His Human

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Debi Blackshaw
Community Member
6 months ago

awww that's love ❤

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#18

My Best Friend Has Four Paws. CJ (5 Years Old) And Chance (3 Months Old)

My Best Friend Has Four Paws. CJ (5 Years Old) And Chance (3 Months Old)

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

"Hey can you show me the picture"

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#19

My Dog Thinks My Daughter Is His Baby. They Love Each Other So Much. This Is How They Fell Asleep Yesterday During Nap Time

My Dog Thinks My Daughter Is His Baby. They Love Each Other So Much. This Is How They Fell Asleep Yesterday During Nap Time

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Znaya
Community Member
6 months ago

Don't tell him 😀

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#20

6 Years Of Friendship

6 Years Of Friendship

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

Best friendship ever!

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#21

Had To Put My Dog Down A Few Months Ago. My Son Will Never Know How Much Griffin Loved Him

Had To Put My Dog Down A Few Months Ago. My Son Will Never Know How Much Griffin Loved Him

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Diellza
Community Member
6 months ago

I'm so sorry for your loss.

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#22

In Their Mind They Are Secret Service

In Their Mind They Are Secret Service

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Znaya
Community Member
6 months ago

And they have the serious faces for the serious job 😀

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#23

My Brother’s Daughter And New Puppy Are Already Best Buds, They Even Have Matching Outfits

My Brother’s Daughter And New Puppy Are Already Best Buds, They Even Have Matching Outfits

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Full of Giggles
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh my goodness! All that beautiful hair!

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#24

Took My Dog And Daughter Out For The First Time Together, In A Winter Wonderland

Took My Dog And Daughter Out For The First Time Together, In A Winter Wonderland

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Watching
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6 months ago

Stunning photo.

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#25

My Baby With My Dog’s Babies

My Baby With My Dog’s Babies

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

All the babies in one place makes them much easier the watch

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#26

Our Dog Has Hardly Left My Wife’s Side Since Baby Arrived. He’s A Proud Older Brother

Our Dog Has Hardly Left My Wife’s Side Since Baby Arrived. He’s A Proud Older Brother

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Hayasahibaa
Community Member
6 months ago

That humble smile 😍

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#27

My Daughter Was Nervous Around Dogs, And Then She Met This Guy. He Let Her Love All Over Him For 20 Minutes And Afterwards, Her Fear Was Gone. Thank You, Sweet Boy, For Making Her Into The Dog Lover She Is

My Daughter Was Nervous Around Dogs, And Then She Met This Guy. He Let Her Love All Over Him For 20 Minutes And Afterwards, Her Fear Was Gone. Thank You, Sweet Boy, For Making Her Into The Dog Lover She Is

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Berry Budgie
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6 months ago

Awww Gibbs

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#28

It’s My Dogs 4th Birthday, My Daughter Spent All Her Pocket Money Buying Her A Steak

It’s My Dogs 4th Birthday, My Daughter Spent All Her Pocket Money Buying Her A Steak

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Dark Side of the Loom
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6 months ago

Love her sweater :) !

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#29

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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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

Good boy

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#30

Our Son Had A Heart Transplant. My Wife Made Him A Tin Man Costume. Cowardly Lion Played By Murphy Jenkins

Our Son Had A Heart Transplant. My Wife Made Him A Tin Man Costume. Cowardly Lion Played By Murphy Jenkins

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CaliCoast
Community Member
6 months ago

So glad your son is doing well. They're both adorable!

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#31

The 12-Week-Old Guarding The 1-Week-Old. Something Tells Me This Is The Start Of A Beautiful Friendship

The 12-Week-Old Guarding The 1-Week-Old. Something Tells Me This Is The Start Of A Beautiful Friendship

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Peachthepan
Community Member
6 months ago

Look at those two! They both look so cute! :>

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#32

This Kid Walking His Dog In Full Astronaut Gear

This Kid Walking His Dog In Full Astronaut Gear

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

That's so adorable!

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#33

Our Daughter Was Visited By Maddie, A Therapy Dog, Before Her (Successful) Surgery At Phoenix Children’s Hospital ... This Dog Helped All Of Us More Than She Will Ever Know ... She’s Not A Good Girl, She’s A Great Girl

Our Daughter Was Visited By Maddie, A Therapy Dog, Before Her (Successful) Surgery At Phoenix Children’s Hospital ... This Dog Helped All Of Us More Than She Will Ever Know ... She’s Not A Good Girl, She’s A Great Girl

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Berry Budgie
Community Member
6 months ago

Yes☺️ Yes she is

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#34

My Son And Daughter

My Son And Daughter

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

That one made me smile. Look at how cute they are. Lovely!

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#35

Our Good Girl, Stella. Picked Her Up A Year Ago At The Pound. The Best Farm Dog Ever

Our Good Girl, Stella. Picked Her Up A Year Ago At The Pound. The Best Farm Dog Ever

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

At first I thought the kid was called Stella. Took me a moment. I am sorry. They look wonderful together!

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#36

Step 1: Try To Take Cute Pic Of Dog And Baby. Step 2: Dog Sneezes During Pic. Step 3: Accidentally Capture My Dogs Inner Demon, And My Son Thinks It's Funny

Step 1: Try To Take Cute Pic Of Dog And Baby. Step 2: Dog Sneezes During Pic. Step 3: Accidentally Capture My Dogs Inner Demon, And My Son Thinks It's Funny

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

This is worth framing on the wall!

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#37

I Waited Over Ten Years For A Dog, Finally Have A Backyard. We Tried For Two Years To Get Pregnant, Finally Had A Daughter. Last Month My Heart Became Complete

I Waited Over Ten Years For A Dog, Finally Have A Backyard. We Tried For Two Years To Get Pregnant, Finally Had A Daughter. Last Month My Heart Became Complete

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Watching
Community Member
6 months ago

You lucked out. Congratulations!

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#38

She’s Loyal, Protective, And Goofy. Meet My Daughter’s Best Friend

She’s Loyal, Protective, And Goofy. Meet My Daughter’s Best Friend

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

Once there was a fairy. She had a dog. They were best friends. They lived happily ever after! End of the story!

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#39

My Son And His Puppy - They Can’t Get Enough Of Each Other

My Son And His Puppy - They Can’t Get Enough Of Each Other

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Kinga Złotkowska
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6 months ago

This picture is worth a thousand words. Love it!

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#40

We Were So Nervous To Bring Our Newborn Son Home To Meet Our Beagle. Best Friends Right Away. Meet Oliver And His Doggo Sophie

We Were So Nervous To Bring Our Newborn Son Home To Meet Our Beagle. Best Friends Right Away. Meet Oliver And His Doggo Sophie

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Watching
Community Member
6 months ago

Oh look at the absolute bliss on Oliver's face! Love this.

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#41

This Pretty Girl Came To Visit My Daughter

This Pretty Girl Came To Visit My Daughter

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Olivier Caissy
Community Member
6 months ago

I wish hospitals had those when I passed my childhood in them, 30 years ago.

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#42

Gentle Giant

Gentle Giant

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manon M
Community Member
6 months ago

I would like to know what dogs think in these situations (with a baby on lap) because we can see that they never/rarely seem to be at ease (eyes, ears etc)

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#43

They Bonded Before We Even Left The Parking Space

They Bonded Before We Even Left The Parking Space

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

This is the expression of happiness and bliss.

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#44

Now This Is Just Perfect

Now This Is Just Perfect

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

What's wrong with the picture? Answer: Nothing!

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#45

I Just Finished This “Fort” For My Son So He Could Look At Trucks Out The Window. Now He Can Hang Out With His Best Friend

I Just Finished This “Fort” For My Son So He Could Look At Trucks Out The Window. Now He Can Hang Out With His Best Friend

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Marc
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6 months ago

That's just a wonderful photo there!

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#46

My Oldest Has Been Battling A Cold. 95 Lbs Of Lap Puppy To The Rescue. Such A Good Boy

My Oldest Has Been Battling A Cold. 95 Lbs Of Lap Puppy To The Rescue. Such A Good Boy

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

the perfect cure

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#47

My Son Broke His Arm And Ever Since He Came Home My Girlfriend's Dog Won't Leave His Side

My Son Broke His Arm And Ever Since He Came Home My Girlfriend's Dog Won't Leave His Side

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

Dogs... animals are very good at sensing, when we are not okay or don't feel good. They are very good at feeling our energy.

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#48

Beginning Of A Great Friendship

Beginning Of A Great Friendship

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Znaya
Community Member
6 months ago

Love at first sight

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#49

My Nephew Meeting The Puppy

My Nephew Meeting The Puppy

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Marc
Community Member
6 months ago

I wonder what it tastes like... said both of them!

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#50

My Wife And Her Pupper 30 Years Ago, And Our Daughter And Her Pupper

My Wife And Her Pupper 30 Years Ago, And Our Daughter And Her Pupper

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
6 months ago

friends forever

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