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For most non pet-owners, the idea of adopting a cat or dog is a vague vision of the future that surfaces occasionally. You might see a cute kitten in the window of a pet shop, or maybe one of those toilet paper commercials starring puppies, and suddenly you find yourself looking up shelter hours.
But not even the pups populating your Instagram feed are a more powerful source of pet envy than the adorable animals on your favorite TV shows. Every week, the fur balls make things a bit more interesting for characters who already lead pretty compelling lives. You might start to wonder, if you had a dog, would you have more meet cutes in the park? Would wacky adventures that don't spill into your next-day plans have a way of finding you? Felines and canines, animated and real, these are the creatures that make you seriously consider moving into a place that allows pets. Or, at the very least, swiping right on Tinder prospects who have one.
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The world's most tolerant (animated) dog is basically the only reason these poor children don't die at the hands of their negligent parents. Plus, All Grown Up!'s elderly Spike is a reminder that a dog can be a friend for life.
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Paul Anka, Gilmore Girls
Proof that sometimes a dog as an impulse buy can work out. And if Lorelai Gilmore can keep a dog alive and happy, anyone can.
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His stare may be unnerving to the doc, but when was the last time someone looked at you that intently when you were talking?
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This pooch is all about reminding you of the creative possibilities that open up when you get a dog. You can play dress-up! You can try to become YouTube famous!
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Comet, Full House
Didn't Full House, despite its fullness, seem kind of hollow before Comet? Their unconventional family just wasn't complete without a Golden Retriever. Maybe there's a hole in your apartment you won't even see until you fill it with a Corgi.