Anyone who lives with a dog can attest to how special the bond between canine companion and their caretaker is. Our dogs are often the first faces we see when we wake up in the morning — especially because they’re often the ones insisting that we get up. Sometimes we eat meals together because we can’t resist those big puppy dog eyes begging for just one taste of whatever delicious human food we’re making, and at night we cuddle up with them until we get to do it all again tomorrow. For us pet parents, there’s probably no better feeling in the world than being able to spend our free time with our dogs. Maybe we want to spend our only true day off taking our dog to their favorite spot in the woods or maybe we just want to kick back, relax, and sprawl out on the couch with our animal bestie. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, as long as we get to be by their side and make them happy. The photo below is a perfect example of how much we love our animal companions and how they love us in return.

Touching Photo of Little Girl and Her BFF Shows Why Pups Are the Best

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This photo by Imgur user FrankRizzo2 shows the beautiful relationship between his daughter and their dog. In the first photo, the daughter may not have known that she had just met her best friend for life, but judging by the look in the dog’s eyes, he couldn’t wait until to have a tiny human of his very own to shower with kisses and play with him. The photo below was taken three years later and as you can see, there’s still plenty of love left between the two.

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If you’re considering welcoming an animal companion into your life, please understand that it’s not a decision that should be taken lightly. If you’ve never adopted, there are many important factors that you should consider before taking the plunge. You should also be sure to adopt from a shelter rather than purchasing from a breeder. With over four million shelter animals euthanized each year, adoption literally saves lives. However, if you’re not ready to make the commitment just yet, you also have the option to foster a pet — your foster pet will truly appreciate the love and care.

Lead image source: FrankRizzo2/Imgur

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