Did you or your child grow up with a pet? Show us photos of then and now!

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Did you or your child grow up with a pet? Show us photos of then and now!

9 hours ago

Submitted by Mandy Sisson

Submitted by Mandy Sisson

Then and now: We want to see photos of you or your children growing up with pets!

Everyone knows that adolescence can feel like a roller coaster of change. But some kids are fortunate enough to have at least one constant in their young lives: their pets.

If we’re lucky, our animals are there for our good days and the bad ones — from when we take our first steps to the moment we leave our childhood homes behind. And to celebrate these ever-faithful companions, we want to see pictures of your children (or you!) growing up with your four-legged friends.

Submit your then-and-now photos below:

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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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