Everyone who has experienced the love and connection our animal friends give us will understand the significance of remembering their part in our lives. They stir up positive emotions within us, whether from a childhood pet or a current fur family member.It’s a beautiful thing for them to share their lives with us, and photos help us forever hold those moments dear to our hearts.

1. Malamutes are very cute.

1. Malamutes are very cute.

2. 14 years as best friends

2. 14 years as best friends

3. Imagine cuddling this big, beautiful ball of fur.

3. Imagine cuddling this big, beautiful ball of fur.

4. 17 years later and his cat still tries to avoid cuddles.

4. 17 years later and his cat still tries to avoid cuddles.

5. This photo is a heart-melter.

5. This photo is a heart-melter.

6. 15 years of unconditional love

6. 15 years of unconditional love

7. One year apart — can you tell the difference?

7. One year apart — can you tell the difference?

8. Look at those smiles — pure joy!

8. Look at those smiles — pure joy!

9. “Hey, I’m almost as tall as you!”

9. “Hey, I’m almost as tall as you!”

10. They grow up so fast.

10. They grow up so fast.

11. “I will always be your lap-dog, human.”

11. “I will always be your lap-dog, human.”

12. Still smiling after 14 years!

12. Still smiling after 14 years!

13. She’s fallen asleep on his lap every night since she was 10 weeks old.

13. She’s fallen asleep on his lap every night since she was 10 weeks old.

14. Reunited pals with a heart-warming story — a picture really does tell a thousand words.

14. Reunited pals with a heart-warming story — a picture really does tell a thousand words.

15. Best friends forever

15. Best friends forever © Gordondel / Reddit

What do your pets mean to you and your family? Tell us in the comment section below.

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