Growing up with a dog or cat by your side is pretty awesome. Anyone who had a four-legged best friend to help them navigate the world of toddler-hood will certainly tell you this. Not only do pets teach little ones how to have fun and scope out the best snacks, but they also teach them invaluable life lessons.

Just check out the animal-baby duos in this video. Being a tiny human can be hard at times, and parents really don’t always get it. Luckily, that’s where these loyal cats and dogs step in. From learning how to react when mom and dad come home, to the ultimate lesson in how to show love, these kids are getting all the insider tips they need to be successful in the world.

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We all know that our dogs and cats play pivotal roles in our lives and these babies and pets definitely prove that. So Green Monsters, if you have a special furry friend in your life, go ahead and give them a big hug to say thank you!