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25 Instagram Photos of Kids and Pets That Will Instantly Improve Your Day

You still remember the day you picked up Ralphie from the pound, how tiny Marty was when you gave him his first bath, and the look Muffin gave you when you tried to push him out of your bed that one night. Dogs and cats hold a special place in the hearts of moms and dads alike, but the bonds they develop with kids can sometimes be even greater. From a toddler playing dress up with her German Shepherd to a kitty keeping a little girl company during bath time, we rounded up our 25 favorite Instagram photos of kids with their furry friends. Get ready to melt. We did.

  • 25 Instagram Photos of Kids and Pets That Will Instantly Improve Your Day 1 of 26
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  • Twinsies! 2 of 26
    northwestmommy

    The best part of Max's day was getting dressed up like his favorite two-legged friend.
    — Photo by Stasha, @NorthwestMommy, The Good Life

  • What’s up, doc? 3 of 26
    lifeedited

    His blood pressure was a little high, but the doctor assured him he'd pull through just fine.
    — Photo by Amanda Williams, @life_edited, life.edited

  • Real-life lovies 4 of 26
    mooshinindy

    She didn't believe in stuffed animals. It was all or nothing.
    — Photo by Casey Mullins, @mooshinindy, Babble blogger

  • Quench your thirst 5 of 26
    kelihoskins

    "Hey, save me some water!"
    — Photo by Keli Hoskins, @kelihoskins, Kidnapped by Suburbia

  • Lie down! 6 of 26
    randibrookmanharris

    In training his puppy, he found "teaching by example" worked best.
    — Photo by Randi Brookman Harris, @randibrookmanharris, Randi Brookman Harris

  • Canine Q-tip 7 of 26
    the818

    "You've got some earwax I'd be happy to take care of."
    — Photo by Morgan Shanahan, @the818, Ten Degrees Hotter

  • Ain’t nothing but a hound dog 8 of 26
    moriahsunde

    She forgot to bring my favorite chew toy. "I'm not gonna cry. I'm not gonna cry."
    — Photo by Moriah Sunde, @moriahsunde, Moriah Makes

  • Gettin’ into things 9 of 26
    up--manicmotherphotography

    These two look like they're up to no good. 
    — Photo by Beth Mancuso, @manicmotherphotography, Manic Mother Photography

  • Gang’s all here 10 of 26
    aimeebourque

    There's nothing better than hanging out in the grass with your favorite four-legged friends.
    — Photo by Aimee Wimbush-Bourque, @aimeebourque, Simple Bites

  • Sunny in Philadelphia 11 of 26
    coconutrobot

    With her sunnies on and her pup nestled close, she was ready to take on whatever the day brought.
    — Photo by Kacia, @coconutrobot, Coconut Robot

  • Table it 12 of 26
    denisebovee

    I spy with my little eye: 20 miniature-sized toes, 4 striped legs, and one ridiculously cute pup.
    — Photo by Denise Bovee, @denisebovee, We Go To & Fro

  • Hot on the trail 13 of 26
    etst

    "Come on, Nella! We're getting close; I can feel it."
    — Photo by Kelle Hampton, @etst, Enjoying the Small Things

  • In your face 14 of 26
    thegrumbles

    "Did I hear dog treats?!"
    — Photo by Jamie, @thegrumbles, Grumbles & Grunts

  • Rub-a-dub-dub! 15 of 26
    fairlyfabulous

    He looked up at her in fear and wondered, "Am I next?"
    — Photo by Meagan Shemenski, @fairlyfabulous1, Fairly Fabulous

  • Why so grumpy? 16 of 26
    heatheroftheeo

    Their mom just told them school's starting soon. Bummer.
    — Photo by Heather, @heatheroftheeo, The Extraordinary Ordinary

  • Stroller buddies 17 of 26
    natthefatrat

    Huck was skeptical of this "baby." He looked an awful lot like his neighbor's dog …
    — Photo by Natalie Holbrook, @natthefatrat, Babble blogger

  • Catching some Zzz’s 18 of 26
    ohjennymae

    He lived for naptime. So did his pup.
    — Photo by Jenny Mae, @ohjennymae, Oh, Jenny Mae

  • Park it 19 of 26
    prudentjaime

    He patiently waited for the girls to throw him a bone, er, pretzel stick.
    — Photo by Jaime Morrison Curtis, @prudentjaime, Babble blogger

  • The eyes have it 20 of 26
    redneckmommy

    You know how they say dogs look like their owners? Case in point.
    — Photo by Tanis Miller, @redneckmommy, Tanis Miller

  • Giddy up 21 of 26
    samanthaettus

    "Mom, I'm just checking out his back to make sure he's safe to ride."
    — Photo by Samantha Ettus, @samanthaettus, Working Moms Lifestyle

  • A pooch smooch 22 of 26
    sundayspill

    What's sweeter than a kiss from mom? A kiss from a pup!
    — Photo by Sarah Reinhart, @sundayspill, The Sunday Spill

  • Puppy games 23 of 26
    superwife

    Duck … duck … goose!
    — Photo by Jenny Fast, @superwife, The Adventures of Superwife

  • Dressed to the nines 24 of 26
    thelittlethingswedo

    When your best friend's out of town, the next best person to play dress-up with is your dog, of course.
    — Photo by Lauren Hartmann, @thelittlethingswedo, Babble blogger

  • Puppy siestas 25 of 26
    traceyclarke

    "Will you get that camera out of my face? I'm trying to sleep over here."
    — Photo by Tracey Clarke, @traceyclark, Reframed

  • Hug it out 26 of 26
    unrulythings

    The best cure for a bad day? A hug from your closest pal.
    — Photo by Alyson Brown, @unrulythings, Unruly Things

 

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Into the Wild: Our 50 Favorite Instagram Photos to Celebrate Earth Day
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A Shot of Love: Our 50 Favorite Valentine’s Day Photos on Instagram

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