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

Submitted by Kristine McIntosh 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 Submitted by Sarah Morawski
Left: Addy and Tang meeting for the first time. Right: Best buddies.
Submitted by Karla Rivera Ruiz 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 Submitted by Lance Phillips
Top photo is from 2004. Bottom photo was taken in 2010.
Submitted by Sarah Bolling 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 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 Submitted by Beth Egan
Left: Kendall (our dog) and Kaelen (at 9 months). Right: Kendall and Kaelen (7 years old).
Submitted by Allison Bradshaw Submitted by Allison Bradshaw
Natalie with our first Rottweiler, Abby.
Submitted by Tracy Duncan Submitted by Tracy Duncan
My daughter and her best friend Lucy.