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40 Adorable Photos That Capture The Bond Between Children And Their Dogs

The old saying says that everyone thinks they have the best dog ever, and no one is wrong.

If you grew up with a family dog, you probably have a lifetime of happy memories about them.

But a dog isn't just good for your soul, they also make you healthy and happy.

Studies have proven that dog ownership boosts everything from your mood to your heart health.

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And there are plenty of stories about dogs who have repaid their loving owners by saving their lives.

In case you're still not convinced your kids need a dog to snuggle up with, these photos should do the trick.

1. A gentle giant

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Daps Animals

2. On lookout

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3. Sounds like he has a big heart

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Vin J.

4. Nap time!

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LifeBuzz

5. Real friends share everything

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Labrador retriever club

6. All smiles

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James Naruke

7. "Welcome to the family"

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Lindsey Ocker

8. A hug says it all

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Sonia

9. A girl and her bear

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Natassa Kost

10. I can see the resemblance

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Andee Smith

11. Haatchi and Owen

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Colleen Drummond

Haatchi has been through a lot, which explains why he has so much love for Owen.

He was found abandoned and tied to a railway line, and had lost a leg before he was rescued.

Owen has a rare and uncomfortable genetic condition called Schwartz-Jampel, and Haatchi knows just how to comfort him.

12. A friend for life

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Cutest Paws

13. What's cooking?

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14. Good boy!

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Newspix

15. The perfect nanny

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Nicole Kammerer

16. "Say cheese!"

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Jaromir Chalabala

17. The neighborhood watch

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Kemp Wiley

18. Heart to heart

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Elena Shumilova

19. Up to no good

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Natalia Dabrowska

20. Friends young and old

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Szilvia Pap-Kutasi

21. A smooch from a pooch

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Ivette Evens

22. Guard dogs stick *very* close to their family

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23. A boy and his pardner

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Jake Olson

24. "Can I keep him?"

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25. Who's walking who?

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Brent Manippo

26. Family bonding

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27. Just the right size for a hug

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Favim.com

28. Twins? How cute!

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Gabriela369

29. They'll match up in a few years

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Erin Vey

30. "A little help, mom?"

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Hefty.co

31. Fun in the sun

32. Almost enough dogs, almost

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1funny.com

33. And people say dogs don't care about us

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Cutest Paw

34. Those smiles say it all

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Andee Smith

35. All tuckered out

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Cori

36. Prada and Mason

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Kelly Charron

Kelly Charron shared this photo of her rescue dog, Prada, comforting her sick son, Mason.

"I left the room once he fell back asleep...when I returned to my son's room, this is what I found...Prada next to Mason hugging him asleep also."

37. Nice and comfy

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38. Big sister

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Irene

39. Can you remember the last time you were this happy?

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It's a Lab Thing

40. Funny bunnies

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