Then and now: Kids growing up with their four-legged friends

“Peanuts” cartoonist Charles Schulz once said that “happiness is a warm puppy.” Well, if that’s the case, absolute bliss might be a child cuddling up with one. As kids, pets are our friends, family members and, sometimes, partners in crime. In celebration of a pet’s influence on our childhoods, we asked for photos illustrating your kids growing up with their ever-faithful friends. Here are some of… Continue reading

‘No dog should die alone’: Photographer promotes senior pet adoption

Lori Fusaro is crazy about dogs. She’s lived with them for as long as she can remember, and she photographs them for a living. But until about a year ago, the idea of adopting an older dog made her squirm with uneasiness.“I thought it would just be too sad and painful,” said Fusaro, 44, of Los Angeles. “I didn’t think my heart could take it, so I wasn’t willing to open myself up.”Fast-forward to t… Continue reading

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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Do you treat your pets like babies? Show us!

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Do you treat your pets like babies? Show us!

June 25, 2013 at 4:53 PM ET

Submitted by Megan Reich

Submitted by Megan Reich

How do you baby your pets?

Go ahead, baby your pooch with another snuggle (or treat): A new study published in the journal PLoS ONE finds that dogs have a lot more in common with human babies than you might think.

It turns out dogs, like infants, look to their caregivers as “secure bases” that give them the confidence to freely explore the world around them.

“One of the things that really surprised us is that adult dogs behave towards their caregivers like human children do,” said Lisa Horn, the author of the study.

Basically, this study gives us permission to dote on our dogs as we would our own two-legged little ones (at least that’s how we’re taking it). And in light of these findings, we want to see how you baby your canines — from the weird (we’re not judging!) to the wonderful.

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Nature’s Best Photography: Vine Snake in Choco, Colombia

Robin Moore / Nature’s Best Photography Slender and arboreal, vine snakes can reach lengths of six-and-a-half feet and range in color from bright green to rusty brown. Slow moving, they depend upon camouflage for protection. Found in the jungles of Central and South America vine snakes blend with the thick… Continue reading