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

Submitted by Kristine McIntosh
Top: Konnor and Spencer on April 21, 2010. Bottom: Konnor and Spencer on June 15, 2013.

"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 our favorites:

Submitted by Sarah Morawski
Left: Addy and Tang meeting for the first time. Right: Best buddies.
Submitted by Karla Rivera Ruiz
Left: My son Joaquin and our Chihuahua, Billy, in 2008. Right: Joaquin's kindergarten graduation in June 2013.
Submitted by Lance Phillips
Top photo is from 2004. Bottom photo was taken in 2010.
Submitted by Sarah Bolling
Left: LuLu and June. June is 2 in this picture. Right: Lu and June when June is 4 1/2 years old.
Submitted by Laura Campbell
Left: Jack (age 2 months) with our dog Bobbi (age 1). Right: Jack (age 9) with our dog Bobbi (age 11).
Submitted by Beth Egan
Left: Kendall (our dog) and Kaelen (at 9 months). Right: Kendall and Kaelen (7 years old).
Submitted by Allison Bradshaw
Natalie with our first Rottweiler, Abby.
Submitted by Tracy Duncan
My daughter and her best friend Lucy.

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