Growing up with dogs allows kids to learn social skills, boost their self-esteem, and be better with impulse control. It also enables them to be more physically active and caring. Apart from those benefits, owning and growing up with a dog also means having a friend for life.
Here are before and after photos of kids growing up with their pets – be prepared to have your heart completely melted.
1. After 14 years
These two have been friends for 14 years and it looks like they were able to keep their unique personalities. The woman still has the same smile she had when she was just a little girl. The dog, on the other hand, still looks uncomfortable in front of the camera.
2. Best friends for 12 years
After 12 years, Amber has grown to be a really handsome dog. At first glance, you wouldn’t think that he’s old already.
3. 2014 versus 2016
This woman must be really caring. Her dog and her shirt still looks really well even after 12 years.
4. The awkward shot
Something tells me that this dog will never be comfortable with being photographed. He looks like he’s held against his will in both pictures and it’s quite cute.
5. The first month and the last day
These duo shared 12 years together. The photo on the left was taken on their first month while the second was taken on the poor dog’s last day.
6. 15 years in human years
The time difference between these photos is 15 years. That means that the dog was about 76 to 83 years old in dog years.
7. Then and now
The way these ladies recreated their childhood photo with their dog is just adorable. The cocker spaniel is still a beauty even after 14 years.
8. Brutus, the Shiba Inu
Brutus is such a nice name for this dog. He might look big but he’s certainly a dog you wouldn’t be frightened of.
9. Taken at the same spot 13 years ago
The surprising thing about these photos is the fact that they were taken 13 years apart. Looking at that woman and that dog, it’s easy to think that it was just half that time.
10. About 14 dog years after
Look at how big that dog has grown. His owner could barely hold him!
11. The same swing
Apparently, humans aren’t the only ones who adore swings. Just look at how happy that dog looks!
12. In matching jackets
Pugs look funny all the time. No matter what age you dress them up, they won’t fail to impress you.
13. Feeling it
This dog is quite dramatic. The way she’s lying on her owners arms is just so extra.
14. Smiling face
This dog seems like it’s the perfect match for these kids. See the way they’re smiling? They are clearly happy with each other’s company.
15. The shy type
Look at that dog trying hard not to look too cute on camera. Despite his best effort, you’d still find him adorable.
16. Neither of them aged
This woman and her dog didn’t age a bit. You wouldn’t even realize that the photos were taken 12 years apart.
17. Some things never really change
Look at that dog enjoying awesome belly rubs from her owner. She clearly knows that she’s loved.
18. There’s nothing like the bond men and dogs share.
While dogs may not live forever, they dedicate their entire life to their humans. These two are considered as best friends forever.
19. Through thick and thin
Growing up together means facing problems and challenges together. This dog suffered a severe infection that required his left eye to be removed. His owner made sure that he gets to live a normal life.
20. A gift
When kids are given dogs as gift, they get more than just a present. They are given a chance to take care of someone and learn important lessons about life. This is exactly why this guy considers his dog as the best Hanukkah gift.
21. The same fuzzy dog
Some dogs age quite well. This one, for example, look even more fuzzy after 14 years.
22. 17 and a half
Not all dogs are able to reach that age. Nala was fortunate enough to live that long. These are her first and last pictures with her owner.
23. The big dog
Contrary to what most people believe, German Shepherds are actually loving and caring dogs. They like to be picked up and carried despite their enormous size.
24. Such expressive eyes
This dog is 18 years old in human years. Even though a long time has passed, his eyes are still as expressive as ever.
25. Taking a photo
Look at these two! Even after 15 years, they still look really good next to each other.
26. A really sweet dog
13 years and this dog still likes to give kisses. It’s as if nothing has changed after all those years.
27. Just like humans’ hair turns white
This one’s pretty amazing. It looks as if the dog lost all the colors on its head, just like how humans get white hair as they grow old.
28. Cuteness overload
These two both have adorable hair. The one’s curly and the other one’s fluffy.
29. Aging in reverse
These two didn’t look like they aged at all. In fact, they look younger and more full of life. They both looked more confident, too.
30. Those puppy eyes
Just one look and you’ll be able to tell how much this dog loved his human. He’s so attached to him.
31. Just perfect
These photos are on point. It’s like they sat there for 7 years, waiting for that second photo to be taken.
This guy managed to find a similar shirt, copy the same smile, and hold his dog the same way for this photo. The dog, on the other hand, had the same reaction in both photos. He’s clearly not impressed.
33. Hello and goodbye
The first photo was taken when they first met and the second picture was taken during their last goodbye. These two photos sum up a touching story of friendship.
34. An obvious change
The dog definitely looked fatter in the second picture. It looks like he did manage to get the snacks after all.
35. A real homie
This dog developed a strong bond with his owner since day one. It was a good thing that his owner was able to show the same attachment to him on their last day together.
It’s always nice to see a dog/child bond like this. Something tells me that this two have been inseparable since their first picture together.
37. Aged together
Look at how much these two have grown. They just didn’t grow bigger but they both look more mature and more confident.
38. Tiny love
Even after 13 years, that tiny dog still look adorable. It looked like it didn’t age a bit.
39. A glow up in 14 years
It’s quite amusing how a dog’s colors change over the years. Just like its owner, this dog looked like it had a major glow up.
40. The same
11 years can make a huge difference but this guy is good at keeping things. He still has his favorite pet and his favorite shorts.