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42 Wholesome Pictures Of People Who Have Grown Up Alongside Their Dogs

"She still begs to be picked up every time I come home."

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We recently asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to show us how they and their dog have grown together over the years. Here are the results…

1. "Nova, from six weeks to eight months."

"She’s now a year old and gained 15 more lbs! She’s an American Staffordshire Terrier, Greyhound, Boston Terrier, and Finnish Spitz!?" – emmaclaireg2
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"She’s now a year old and gained 15 more lbs! She’s an American Staffordshire Terrier, Greyhound, Boston Terrier, and Finnish Spitz!?" – emmaclaireg2

2. "2009 on the left, 2017 on the right (I’m now 20 and Luna is 9)."

– mathews42c236a5c

3. "Big boi."

– missyo2

4. "Me and my dog literally grew up together."

"My great-grandmother’s dog had puppies one month after my 1st birthday and my parents got the fattest puppy and named him Polar Bear. We were best friends up until his last day. (Picture on the left: Me at age 1 when Polar was a month old. Picture on right: Me at age 17 years old when Polar was 16 years old)" – alyssad4c6746f0a
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"My great-grandmother’s dog had puppies one month after my 1st birthday and my parents got the fattest puppy and named him Polar Bear. We were best friends up until his last day. (Picture on the left: Me at age 1 when Polar was a month old. Picture on right: Me at age 17 years old when Polar was 16 years old)" – alyssad4c6746f0a

5. "From a little pupper to a big floof."

– uhleenuh

6. "Hank was six pounds when we first got him. Nine years later his paws are bigger than my hands and he takes up half the kitchen floor."

– abbyj48bf6786f

7. "My hubby and our pup Syn, from 8 weeks old in January 2015 to 3 years old in November 2017."

"She is a Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix from the Flagstaff Humane Society. She is truly our furbaby and a wonderful emotional support animal." – renelovecraft
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"She is a Border Collie/Great Pyrenees mix from the Flagstaff Humane Society. She is truly our furbaby and a wonderful emotional support animal." – renelovecraft

8. "I have her paw print tattooed on me, so we’re together forever."

"The first picture is from 2011 when I first met Lexie my labradoodle (I was 13, she was two weeks old). The middle two are from last year, and the last one was taken this year, when I’m now 20 and she’s 7." – gingerwarrior13
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"The first picture is from 2011 when I first met Lexie my labradoodle (I was 13, she was two weeks old). The middle two are from last year, and the last one was taken this year, when I’m now 20 and she’s 7." – gingerwarrior13

9. "When your one year later photo isn’t quite so graceful."

– hatties4f369e1d3

10. "This is Riko!"

"The photo on the left was taken on the day we met in July 2012, the top right on June 2015, and the bottom right on December 2017 at our first 5K." – hazellangelaw
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"The photo on the left was taken on the day we met in July 2012, the top right on June 2015, and the bottom right on December 2017 at our first 5K." – hazellangelaw

11. "This is our wonderful girl, Holliday (Holli)."

"The first pictures is a bit after Christmas when we got her and she started hitting the pre-teen puppy days. The second is her when she’s a little more than a year old. She still begs to be picked up like this every time I come home and when my arms get tired I lay her on her back and rub her stomach." – corys44c14457d
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"The first pictures is a bit after Christmas when we got her and she started hitting the pre-teen puppy days. The second is her when she’s a little more than a year old. She still begs to be picked up like this every time I come home and when my arms get tired I lay her on her back and rub her stomach." – corys44c14457d

12. "Day one, year one, and year two."

– hayleyc5

13. "My dog got bigger… I got smaller. Curtains stayed spotty."

– danj10

14. "My best friend Sam and me on my 16th birthday and then us again on HIS 16th birthday ten years later."

"I made him wear a tiara on my birthday, so it was only fair we wore crowns for his." – erikalync
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"I made him wear a tiara on my birthday, so it was only fair we wore crowns for his." – erikalync

15. "My baby boy, Bear. On February 6th we celebrated our two year adoptiversary."

– hollyraeb

16. "My Fox Red English Lab at eight months old and then at a year and a half!"

– lindsaylaraem

17. "Zeus ♥️"

– saraw450e2ff71

18. "Me and Demi."

"The first photo was taken the day we met her, she was a 4 month old puppy and I was a freshman in high school and had just turned 15 a month ago. The second photo was taken a few weeks ago when I came home during a break from school: She’s 5 now and I’m almost 20. Time has flown by way too fast!" – giav41cc6e5b0
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"The first photo was taken the day we met her, she was a 4 month old puppy and I was a freshman in high school and had just turned 15 a month ago. The second photo was taken a few weeks ago when I came home during a break from school: She’s 5 now and I’m almost 20. Time has flown by way too fast!" – giav41cc6e5b0

19. "My boy doesn’t look as excited to celebrate his 'got ya' day, I promise he is! ♥️"

– kristyd47513a029

20. Massive.

– haleys49c42d042

21. "Lola, the Havanese, at six weeks and again at four years."

– sarakathrynf

22. "Six months to a year."

– bridgeta4e3c8cec8

23. "15 years of friendship with Madison."

– adrienneg4ec1b225e

24. "From four months old when we adopted him a year ago, to now."

"He thinks he’s the same 'lil guy, he just weighs twice as much. – sydneys4f55cf09a
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"He thinks he’s the same 'lil guy, he just weighs twice as much. – sydneys4f55cf09a

25. "My fur baby and I just six months apart."

– jburley98

26. "Jasper the Yorkie from 2 months old to 1 year old!"

– hlshirley

27. "Autumn the Corgi from two months old to nine months old."

More ears, more fluff, and more love! —mcutler1595
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More ears, more fluff, and more love! —mcutler1595

28. "Rolly the Catahoula leopard dog from eight weeks old to three years old."

– haileyb406f463ae

29. "My Roxy!"

"She passed away July, 2017. First picture is spring, 2003; second is probably around 2005; third is summer, 2013; and the last is Christmas, 2016. Adopting her was one of my first memories. She was a QUEEN." – shannonw44e8d24aa
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"She passed away July, 2017. First picture is spring, 2003; second is probably around 2005; third is summer, 2013; and the last is Christmas, 2016. Adopting her was one of my first memories. She was a QUEEN." – shannonw44e8d24aa

30. "1 year, 3 years, 8 years, and 10 years."

– matthewp4e07e2df0

31. "Yoko at a few months and Yoko a couple of years later."

– chloez4dc3642c4

32. "This is Roxas, a pup I never expected to have, but could never imagine my life without him."

"I got him New Year's Eve, 2016, and we have been inseparable since. He was barely two months when I adopted him, and he took a liking to being on my shoulder, much like a pirate. Well, two years and a divorce later, not much has changed with him, he still likes to be the Parrot dog." – alexi4d55404d7
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"I got him New Year's Eve, 2016, and we have been inseparable since. He was barely two months when I adopted him, and he took a liking to being on my shoulder, much like a pirate. Well, two years and a divorce later, not much has changed with him, he still likes to be the Parrot dog." – alexi4d55404d7

33. "My girl, Laci."

– stephanies4815c50b4

34. "We’re a hiking family. 3 months/3 miles Vs. 10 months/10 miles."

– emj45322301d

35. "This is Amos, my first dog and best friend."

"My family got him in 2002, when I was 8 years old. The picture on the left is the two of us in 2004, and the photo on the right is from 2016. Sadly, Amos recently passed away in January at 15 years old. Rest in Peace, my sweet boy." – juliam43
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"My family got him in 2002, when I was 8 years old. The picture on the left is the two of us in 2004, and the photo on the right is from 2016. Sadly, Amos recently passed away in January at 15 years old. Rest in Peace, my sweet boy." – juliam43

36. "Bungie my Siberian Husky. He was 10 weeks old in the top left picture, 8 months old in the top right picture, and 2 years old in the bottom pictures!"

"He's the sweetest and most loving dog you’ll meet." – vannas3
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"He's the sweetest and most loving dog you’ll meet." – vannas3

37. "My mini long haired dachshund, Jewel, and me when she was just a few month old Vs. 12 years later."

"She’s still my little baby!" – k4143fa26f
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"She’s still my little baby!" – k4143fa26f

38. "This is my Great Dane, Laird!"

"From three months old to one years old! From 25 pounds to 150 pounds, he’s my big baby!" – mackenzieb45dc5965f
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"From three months old to one years old! From 25 pounds to 150 pounds, he’s my big baby!" – mackenzieb45dc5965f

39. "This is my boyfriend and our pup, Nova."

"She is a Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix. She’s about three weeks old in the picture on the left and a little over a year old in the picture on the right. She was abandoned, so we got her at two weeks old and had to bottle feed her. She has been the biggest blessing in our lives. Nova is the weirdest, most loving pupper and we couldn’t imagine our lives without her weirdness." – samanthad41087efab
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"She is a Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix. She’s about three weeks old in the picture on the left and a little over a year old in the picture on the right. She was abandoned, so we got her at two weeks old and had to bottle feed her. She has been the biggest blessing in our lives. Nova is the weirdest, most loving pupper and we couldn’t imagine our lives without her weirdness." – samanthad41087efab

40. "My baby girl Tully on New Year’s Eve 2015 and 2017."

– kristab4a0d83b31

41. "Gus the Goldendoodle."

– alyssas4e535bfbd

42. "I have had Bentley for around 13 years now. We got him when I was 4, and now I’m graduating high school in June and turning 18 in November."

"Bentley has had health issues his entire life (allergies, tumours, etc.), but thankfully has managed to beat them all and has grown to be such an amazing dog."Recently, Bentley had to get emergency surgery which caused him to lose a lot of his mobility, but through physical therapy and a lot of courage he’s been able to slowly get back on his feet. I know that he doesn’t have much time left, but he lives each and every day with a smile and a spring in his step!"Everyone I know can confirm that Bentley is the sweetest, kindest, calmest, and funniest Labradoodle there ever was, and he has been the absolute best friend in my life. I love him so much, and everyone in the world deserves to know who Bentley is and to know that he is the good-est boy there ever was." – emmaa42d476f63
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"Bentley has had health issues his entire life (allergies, tumours, etc.), but thankfully has managed to beat them all and has grown to be such an amazing dog.

"Recently, Bentley had to get emergency surgery which caused him to lose a lot of his mobility, but through physical therapy and a lot of courage he’s been able to slowly get back on his feet. I know that he doesn’t have much time left, but he lives each and every day with a smile and a spring in his step!

"Everyone I know can confirm that Bentley is the sweetest, kindest, calmest, and funniest Labradoodle there ever was, and he has been the absolute best friend in my life. I love him so much, and everyone in the world deserves to know who Bentley is and to know that he is the good-est boy there ever was." – emmaa42d476f63

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