03/03/2015 06:54 am ET | Updated Mar 03, 2015

23 Photos Of People With Their Pets That Will Melt Your Heart

Danielle Walker

Studies that link pet ownership with better health aren't new. Not only do pets decrease blood pressure and feelings of loneliness, they also increase your opportunities for exercise and socialization. And that's especially true for older people.

With that in mind, Huff/Post50 asked readers of all ages to share the photos that prove pets hold a special place in people's hearts. Check out just some of the images below and be prepared to gush over the cuteness.

  • Courtesy Andre Tirenin
    Teddy (as a puppy) helping my hubby (Paul Morin) work from home.
  • Aisling Cohn
    Husband and our toy poodle, Pinky.
  • wombatlove
    Lisa Henley and Pooh, selfie taken by Pooh.
  • Danielle Walker
    This is me and Frank, poster girl for rescue dogs
  • Kate Schimpf
    Sloan and Duke (Sloan had been traveling in Alaska and Duke is welcoming him home, at the PHL airport, in this photo)
  • Katherine Norley
    Kate, Sloan & Duke
  • Vicki Meholick
    Me and my boy, Casey.
  • Mike Craig
    This is a selfie of BearBear and his parents Mike & Susie. We used this as our Christmas card. Bear is an eight-year-old old Cockpoo and the love of our life!!
  • Collette Bakko
  • John McClement
    Here's a picture of me and Benny. He's nearsighted.
  • Lesia McNamee
    Me and the best pet ever, Abby.
  • Lori Austen
    Shawnee, 14-years-old.
  • Ruth Krieger
    This is me (Ruth) and our cat, Murphy.
  • Eddie
    Eddie and Lola Fernandez!!
  • Peggy Donnellan
    Peg & Taffy
  • Cecile Caldarise
    Selfie of me and Tommy.
  • Erin Taylor
    This is me (Erin) and my sweet bloodhound Parsons :) He is the best dog ever!
  • Deanna Roy
    Deanna Roy & Dora
  • Gemma
    Sarah Daniels with Bubba
  • Merrit Malloy
    Me (Merrit Malloy) and my 'Yellow Boy."
  • Merrit Malloy
    Peter Malloy with his boy, Murphy.
  • Mallery Turner
    Count Rugen in my lap and his sister Panthra in the box behind us.
  • B. Gooding
    French Bulldogs, Pippa and Petite, split their time between San Francisco and Paris.

People With Their Pets