Pampered pooches! How owners treat dogs like babies

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Pampered pooches! How owners treat dogs like babies

June 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM ET

Submitted By: Jennifer Whitworth

Submitted By: Jennifer Whitworth

In light of a recent study suggesting that dogs bond with their caregivers much like human babies do, we asked readers to send in photographic evidence of the wonderful ways they like to dote on their four-legged family members.

Looks like many pet owners have long understood what the research now suggests: These pups have experienced some of the best perks of being a little one, from birthday photos to couch cuddles to eccentric costumes.

Here are some of our favorites:

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What’s cuter than a baby meerkat? Six baby meerkats!

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What’s cuter than a baby meerkat? Six baby meerkats!

July 5, 2013 at 2:52 PM ET

Tiergarten Schnbrunn/Norbert Potensky

Tiergarten Schönbrunn/Norbert Potensky

The mini meerkats enjoying a cuddle. Last year, visitors voted for meerkats as their favorite animals at the Vienna zoo.

Visitors often fawn over this meerkat family that resides at the Schöenbrunn Zoo in Vienna — and now there’s more of them to love. Six little ones were born at the zoo on June 2.

Tiergarten Schnbrunn/Norbert Potensky

Tiergarten Schönbrunn/Norbert Potensky

Meerkats will often get up on their hind legs to keep on the look-out for predators.

“We are of course thrilled that all six are doing great at the moment,” the zoo’s director Dagmar Schratter said in a press release. “At birth, meerkats are blind and naked. They spent the first few weeks in the safety of their burrow but to the delight of the visitors they are now already exploring their surroundings (and) running the rest of the clan off their feet.”

Walter Wodal

Walter Wodal

The little ones play with each other. Meerkats are usually found in the south of Africa.

Part of the mongoose family, meerkats typically work together to raise their young. While these meerkats only drank mom’s milk during their first few weeks of life, they’re now just old enough to start eating insects on their own.

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Don’t mind me! Snail plays very slow game of leapfrog

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Don’t mind me! Snail plays very slow game of leapfrog

July 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM ET

This snail enjoys a long game of leapfrog as it takes eight minutes to calmly climb over a croaker before reaching its destination.  The frog is enjoy...

Solent News / Lessy Sebastian

The frog is enjoying an afternoon nap, minding its own business high up in a branch when a snail slides along to interrupt its snooze.

Slow and steady may be a winning strategy after all: When this snail couldn’t crawl around a sleeping tree frog, it spent 8 minutes stealthily sneaking over the green amphibian.

This snail enjoys a long game of leapfrog as it takes eight minutes to calmly climb over a croaker before reaching its destination.  The frog is enjoy...

Lessy Sebastian / Solent News

On its way up.

Photographer Lessy Sabastian of Jakarta, Indonesia, captured the extremely slow game of leapfrog, which played out in his front garden.

“When I went outside I noticed one of the frogs was sleeping on a branch above the pond and a snail was moving very slowly nearby,” he told Solent News. “I couldn’t believe it when the snail started to climb up onto the frog, and it was more surprising when the frog stayed still.”

This snail enjoys a long game of leapfrog as it takes eight minutes to calmly climb over a croaker before reaching its destination.  The frog is enjoy...

Lessy Sebastian / Solent News

Strike a pose: The snail seems to be camera conscious.

Several green tree frogs live in a pond underneath the branch and enjoy an occasional snooze in the shade above, according to the father-of-two. Sebastian thinks the final photos give the pair a bit of personality.

“It looks like the snail and frog are good friends and everyone that has seen them loves the photographs,” he said.

Check out the final (slimy) steps of this snail’s journey below:

This snail enjoys a long game of leapfrog as it takes eight minutes to calmly climb over a croaker before reaching its destination.  The frog is enjoy...

Lessy Sebastian / Solent News

The snail prepares to descend.

This snail enjoys a long game of leapfrog as it takes eight minutes to calmly climb over a croaker before reaching its destination.  The frog is enjoy...

Lessy Sebastian / Solent News

The frog is still chilling.

This snail enjoys a long game of leapfrog as it takes eight minutes to calmly climb over a croaker before reaching its destination.  The frog is enjoy...

Lessy Sebastian / Solent News

Eight minutes later, the snail finally makes its way to the other side.

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A curious cameleon and 23 more adorable animal photos  

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A curious cameleon and 23 more adorable animal photos ;

July 10, 2013 at 8:07 AM ET

Image: Baby chameleon at Cottbus Zoo

Patrick Pleul

From a curious chameleon to a newborn penguin, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.

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