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

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! << Read less
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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Loubert Sylvester Steed
Apr 28, 1905 - September 1985
Chamblee, GA, USA
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A photo of Albert Payson Terhune with his collie, Explorer
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Albert Payson Terhune
Dec 21, 1872 - Feb 18, 1942
This pig, named King Neptune by a Navy Recruiter in 1942, became a major part of the U.S. war effort in World War II. Dressed in a Navy blanket, the piglet was auctioned off to raise money for war bonds (people bid on pieces of the pork meat). The bidding was widespread and high - since meat was rationed during the war, many people wanted a piece of the pig. But although everyone paid their money when the auction was over, no one claimed their "piece of meat." The piglet was saved. Although numerous auctions were held for King Neptune throughout the war, the pattern continued: lots of bidders, lots of money raised, but no one claimed the life of Neptune. So King Neptune went on to live until 1950, when he died of pneumonia and was buried in a grave (with plaque) befitting his status. (He raised 19 million dollars for the war effort - over 200 million in today's dollars.)
A photo of Lawrence J Malat
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Lawrence J Malat
Jan 9, 1934 - Apr 7, 2007
Pasadena, MD
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A photo of future First Lady Jackie (Bouvier) Kennedy with her sister Lee Bouvier in 1935.
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Jacqueline "Jackie" Lee (Bouvier) Kennedy
Jul 28, 1929 - May 19, 1994
A photo of Peter Olds with his new puppy named Lady.
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A photo of Bill Leonard with his pet pony. Around 1918 in Calhoun County, Florida. Bill married Alice Louise Foster.
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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 setter
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A photo of Eli Raisovich who was an avid coon hunter.
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Eli Raisovich
Aug 2, 1930 - January 1978
A photo of Doris Trexler
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Doris Ann (Phillips) Trexler
around 1929 - around Nov 30, 2018
A photo of Merrill E Haaheim in his early 20's holding a cat.
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Merrill E Haaheim
Feb 9, 1914 - Feb 23, 2004
Winthrop, MN
A photo of Doris Ann (Phillips) Trexler
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Doris Ann (Phillips) Trexler
around 1929 - around Nov 30, 2018
A photo of James Leveson, wife Gertrude, (assumed) their child and the family dog.
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A photo of Rosalie Cotich Hughes
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Rosalie Cotich Hughes
Apr 30, 1909 - Jan 8, 2003
Catskill, New York, United States
A photo of the Walker Sisters -- Margaret (standing) and Louisa (seated). 1961 -- Last two surviving Walker Sisters: Margaret Jane Walker (Aug. 29, 1870-Dec. 20, 1962); Louisa Susan Walker (Dec. 23, 1882-July 13, 1964). Standing in front of their log cabin.
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Margaret Jane Walker
Aug 29, 1870 - Dec 20, 1962
A photo of Jessie Hazel (Cahoon) Clark
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Jessie Hazel (Cahoon) Clark
Oct 18, 1895 - Jul 1, 1987
A photo of Four Ashenden ladies in front of their porch. Found in a Texas antique store with other photos of the Ashenden family of Massachusetts. Back uploaded separately. "Rose (nee Buckly) Ashenden + Eva Ashenden Murray, Edith Ashenden, Lillian (nee Ashenden) Lawton". A dog is visible next to the door.
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A photo of Mary Ann (Newby) Ashenden and her dog. This photo was found at a Texas antique store with other photos of the Ashenden family of Massachusetts. This photo was probably taken in England.
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Mary Ann (Newby) Ashenden
1840 - July 1913
A "real photo" postcard found in an antique store in Texas. Unfortunately, there's no information on it anywhere so I don't know who this is or where it was taken.
A photo of Rebecca Thacher (Clarke) Evans
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Rebecca Thacher (Clarke) Evans
Apr 25, 1923 - 2012
A photo of Hayuta Fingold
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Hayuta Fingold
Dec 27, 1954 - Jun 4, 1997
League City, TX, USA
A photo postcard of Eldon Albert and Alice McCarty "from Albert Fox". Eldon doesn't look very happy to have his picture taken.
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A photo of Mother - Alice Ball - who loved her yellow cats, always had one or two to love.
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Alice Jane (Westfall) Ball
Born: Feb 16, 1900
CLAIMED - photo has been returned to family members. Found at an antique store. Handwritten on back: "Little Agnes Bracken and her little pony and buggy. That is Mrs. Bracken holding him". Agnes was born in 1903, so I'm guessing at the date based on a wild guess at her age in the picture.
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Minnie (Fitzgerald) Bracken
1875 - Aug 7, 1920
A photo of (From left to right) -- June R. (Paulson) Lettenmaier, with family dog, Gloria M. Knight (Paulson), with nephew Johnny Schmuckal on her lap, Deanie Lettenmaier (June's son)
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Gloria Mae (Paulson) Kenyon
Oct 3, 1926 - Dec 1, 1994
Portland, OR, United States
A photo of Gloria Mae Paulson
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Gloria Mae (Paulson) Kenyon
Oct 3, 1926 - Dec 1, 1994
Portland, OR, United States
A photo of Gladys (Simmons) Van Kleeck and her cat Patsy. I'm amazed that the cat is calmly sitting for the portrait. All the cats I've known would have panicked at the strange setting and found some large piece of furniture to hide under.
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Gladys (Simmons) Van Kleeck
Feb 10, 1897 - May 16, 1966
A photo of Paula Joan Ellis
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Paula Joan Ellis
May 13, 1963 - Jul 5, 1983
Blackfoot, ID
Thomas Condon riding his horse, Prince
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Thomas Winscoatte Condon
Sep 5, 1905 - Oct 23, 1981
fort worth, tx, us
Russell Crow was last seen leaving home (Arkansas) in 1915 with a jug of whiskey. His remains and those of his older brother, Brandt, were found near the railroad tracks, in pieces.Sad end for a boy
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A photo of Estelle Vandagriff Taylor posing with pup
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A photo of Herbert Taylor with his Hunting dogs
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A photo of the Herbert Taylor family, Christmas 1951
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A photo of Linda Mae Kenyon with her cousins
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Linda Mae Young
Mar 9, 1948 - Oct 5, 2004
Portland, OR, United States
A photo of Linda Mae Kenyon and Gloria Mae Paulson
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Linda Mae Young
Mar 9, 1948 - Oct 5, 2004
Portland, OR, United States
A photo of Dorothy Van Kleeck with her cat "Tommy Toodles"
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Dorothy Emily (Van Kleeck) Smith
Oct 6, 1909 - Mar 31, 2010
Kingston, NY, United States
A photo of Patricia Ellen Smith
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Patricia Ellen Smith
Apr 22, 1948 - Oct 3, 2014
A photo of Horace M. Emert with his hunting dogs on Sevier Ave across the street from Kings Grocery Store.
A photo of Bela Lugosi
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Bela Lugosi
Oct 20, 1882 - Aug 16, 1956
NY
A photo of Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
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Arthur Willkings Newkirk Sr
Mar 10, 1894 - Nov 19, 1954
A photo of Kendra Nerad & Maya Christmas 2018
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A photo of Jack Snoke
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Jack Snoke
Sep 24, 1931 - April 1975
A photo of Evelyn Gregg
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Evelyn (Bone) Gregg
Jan 10, 1905 - February 1982
Coatesville, PA
A photo of August James Gabriele
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James (Augustino) Gabriel
Jan 10, 1910 - Oct 26, 2009
Queens, NY, USA
A photo of Irwin and sister Lena McKnight
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A photo of Edward George Livock
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Edward George Livock
1901 - 1979
Geelong, Australia
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