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03/03/2015 06:54 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

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

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.

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

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