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Our Pets

Our best friends - memorializing the animals who have helped and comforted us

Dog person? Cat person? That's usually the debate when it comes to pets - and for good reason. 63% of U.S. households have pets (that's 71.1 million households!) Of those, 46.3 million have dogs (and the average dog owner has more than one dog) while 38.9 have cats (and cats owners have more cats than dog owners have dogs - 2.2 cats vs 1.7 dogs).

And yet, there are also other popular pets: After cats and dogs come fish, birds, and rabbits. All manageable (especially fish!). And many who are reading this have had other types of pets: pigs, ferrets, hedgehogs, rodents (gerbils, hamsters, chinchillas, rats and guinea pigs), frogs, tarantulas, hermit crabs, snakes, horses, cows . . . the list goes on. Then there are the exotic pets that no one should have such as lions, tigers, bears, big cats, alligators . . .

Science tells us that there are good reasons to have pets. Having a pet can lower your blood pressure, improve your immune system, lift you out of depression, ease stress and anxiety, and decrease your risk for stroke and heart attacks. There's a reason for the internet popularity of pet pictures - even the pictures can make us smile, improving our health. (Almost as beneficial as meditation?) If you're a pet person, you know the value of your animal friends.

Our ancestors had the same variety of pets with the same benefits, without knowing the health benefits to them. Looking at photos of them with their pets will make you smile - so consider this collection your health boost for the day!

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A photo of a dog - Novelty photo from the 1880s... some things never change.
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A photo of Loubert Sylvester Steed with his dog
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A photo of Albert Payson Terhune with his collie, Explorer
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A photo of Rebecca Thacher (Clarke) Evans and "Jeremy". Rebecca loved horses... more
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Taken at Illinois, IL.
This pig, named King Neptune by a Navy Recruiter in 1942, became a major part... more
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A photo of Lawrence J Malat
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A photo of future First Lady Jackie (Bouvier) Kennedy with her sister Lee... more
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Taken in New London, New London County, CT on .
A photo of Peter Olds with his new puppy named Lady.
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Taken in Calhoun County, FL in .
A photo of Bill Leonard with his pet pony. Around 1918 in Calhoun County,... more
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A photo of unknown children - 168 - front
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A photo of Jennie Dimmick Armstrong at Fort Robinson, Neb, with her Llewelyn... more
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Taken in Augusta, Butler County, KS in .
A photo of Irwin and sister Lena McKnight
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A photo of Edward George Livock
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A photo of George Winston Rymer
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A photo of Vincent Ott, Cook and proprietor of the Saddle Rock Café in... more
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Taken in NY Verenigde Staten.
A photo of Louis Demaesschalc
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Taken in Foxburg, Clarion County, PA in .
A photo of Frances Joan (Latshaw) Confer, my late Mother, with her beloved... more
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Taken in Perry, Taylor County, FL.
A photo of Albert J. Faulkner - Dad on the farm in Fl.
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A photo of Charles Perry - Dad - and pet dog at Cross Keys LL Park, Macon, GA... more
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A photo of Ida (Daniel) Gibson - ME AND THE PIGS We owned hogs and these were... more
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A photo of a young couple on bikes with puppy. 1900Found in Suitcase in the... more
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