19 Photos That Prove Dogs Are Totally Part Of The Family

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By Anna Swartz

They're by our sides for the big, happy firsts, the lowest lows, and every chill, stressful, or boring day in between — and they make each moment little better. Dogs: They're what makes a house a home.

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Imagine coming home to this.
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"Today is my dad's birthday, and all he wanted was to snuggle with our dog, who he hasn't seen for a week because he's been in the hospital. We managed to get clearance for this birthday surprise!"
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This guy has a dog who can't walk anymore. Every day, he takes her on a walk in a wheelchair.
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"We adopted Sadie three weeks ago; she has helped us heal our hearts after losing our Isis in late June."
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"How I found my daughter and our lab out on the deck."
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"I'm a cancer patient who just got home from chemo. This is my battle buddy!"
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"My one-year-old Aussie hates when I leave to go to work in the morning, so jumping into my bed is one of his many stalling tactics."
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"My niece and her best friend got a trampoline. I think they are enjoying it."
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"My little brother and his dog, Fergus."
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"My daughter was born a week ago, and my dog will not leave her side."
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"My 97-year-old grandma, meeting our new dog."
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"My younger brother has Fragile X and autism. Our dog, Jack, is his best friend."
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"My dog seeing me for the first time after coming home from Afghanistan."
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"Every time I go pick up my daughter, her pup has to sit with her."
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Watching TV with the best friend.
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"My friend explaining to his best friend that he's not going to be the baby of the house anymore."
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"My dad and my dog have a special connection."
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A boy carrying his dog during a flood.
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"Left my basset hound puppy with my parents during a long workday. Mom captured this moment when the pup watched as I drove away."
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