Our Pets

Our best friends - memorializing the animals who have helped and comforted us
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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.
Added Aug 11, 2017 by: Anjel Candy
Anjel Candy
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A photo of Loubert Sylvester Steed with his dog
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Apr 28, 1905 - Sep 24, 1985
Added Aug 10, 2017 by: Zoobin Zales
Zoobin Zales
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A photo of Albert Payson Terhune with his collie, Explorer
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Dec 21, 1872 - Feb 18, 1942
Added Jul 17, 2017 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
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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.)
Added Jan 26, 2017 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Lawrence J Malat
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Jan 9, 1934 - Apr 7, 2007
Added Jan 5, 2017 by: Linda Tiburzi
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A photo of future First Lady Jackie (Bouvier) Kennedy with her sister Lee Bouvier in 1935.
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1929 - May 19, 1994
Added Dec 2, 2016 by: Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Peter Olds with his new puppy named Lady.
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Unknown - Unknown
A photo of Bill Leonard with his pet pony. Around 1918 in Calhoun County, Florida. Bill married Alice Louise Foster.
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Added Jan 17, 2016 by: James Carey Yates
James Carey Yates
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A photo of unknown children - 168 - front
Added Dec 29, 2015 by: Drenda Medina
Drenda Medina
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A photo of Jennie Dimmick Armstrong at Fort Robinson, Neb, with her Llewelyn setter
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Dec 12, 2015 by: Lynne Kary-Rana
Lynne Kary-Rana
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This is a photo of Faye Savill added by Faye Savill on January 19, 2021.
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Sep 9, 1962 - Unknown
Added Jan 19 by: Faye Savill
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I have a strong hunch that this is my paternal great-grandmother, Eliza H. (Cattell) Reddie (either 1862/1865-1925). But none of my photos of this woman are labeled, so I can't be sure. This picture was almost certainly taken in Oregon, where she lived for some time.
This is a photo of George Allan Edin added by Wyatt Juelson on January 13, 2021.
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Apr 23, 1912 - Jun 12, 1976
This is a photo of Melanie Lynn (Anderson) Mord added by Wyatt Juelson on January 13, 2021.
Added Jan 13 by: Wyatt Juelson
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This is a photo of Perron family added by Francois Boujois on November 28, 2020.
Added Nov 28, 2020 by: Francois Boujois
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Army Medic
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1934 - Unknown
Added Nov 26, 2020 by: Marco Antonio
Marco Antonio
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I've absolutely no knowledge about the story behind this one...but I ran across this and just had to put it up here.
Added Nov 24, 2020 by: Daniel Pinna
Daniel Pinna
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This is a photo of Mildred Mable (Phelps) Berry added by Danney Palleschi Donovan on October 26, 2020.
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Jun 8, 1909 - Jun 8, 1995
Added Oct 26, 2020 by: Danney Palleschi Donovan
This is a photo of Dorothy Palleschi added by Danney Palleschi Donovan on October 25, 2020.
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Oct 13, 1920 - May 16, 1980
Added Oct 25, 2020 by: Danney Palleschi Donovan
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This is a photo of Ferris Earl Thompson added by Lori Russell on October 14, 2020.
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c. Oct 31, 1908 - 1979
Added Oct 14, 2020 by: Lori Russell
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"To myself with much love & good wishes. I remain your loving friend "myself"" Old postcard: Study by C. Reid
Added Sep 23, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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J. Colby postcard, published by Celebrity Art Company Brothers.
The cat wears a copper bell around the neck.
Added Sep 20, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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These unknown men wear flat caps and one is on a donkey. Could be in the UK or in the USA...don't know.
The horse is a Peruvian Paso.
Added Sep 4, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Two Women Boating with their Dog added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Five Children on a Donkey added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Man with His Old English Sheepdog added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Unknown Woman with Her Milk Cow added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Boy With Found Dog and Her Puppies added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Young Boy with Cow added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Country Girl and Her Dog added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
This is a photo of Feline Photobomb added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Goats Enjoy the Park added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
This is a photo of Shepherd Helping Himself added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
This is a photo of Young Woman and Her Pet Piglet added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Unknown Girl and Her Dog added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 3, 2020.
Added Sep 3, 2020 by: Jesse Dean Williams
Jesse Dean Williams
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This is a photo of Bert Okla Williams added by Jesse Dean Williams on September 2, 2020.
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Oct 31, 1902 - Jan 30, 2000
This is a photo of Rosa Maskar added by Mark Grantham on August 31, 2020.
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May 25, 1881 - May 15, 1973
Added Aug 31, 2020 by: Mark Grantham
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This is a photo of George Maskar added by Mark Grantham on August 31, 2020.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Aug 31, 2020 by: Mark Grantham
Mark Grantham
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This is a photo of Hugh Perry Long added by Hugh Long on August 12, 2020.
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1933 - Unknown
Added Aug 12, 2020 by: Hugh Long
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George Louis Calvert in Alberta Canada.
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1841 - 1917
Added Aug 12, 2020 by: Tammy Harris
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Joe Fazio & Humberto
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Oct 10, 1938 - Oct 3, 2005
Meteorologist Dick Goddard with one of his loves - a cat. He was an activist against animal abuse.
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Feb 24, 1931 - Aug 4, 2020
Added Aug 4, 2020 by: Kathy Pinna
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This is a photo of Addie May (Tyler) Staley added by Brigette Meeker on July 21, 2020.
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Apr 13, 1876 - Feb 10, 1953
Added Jul 21, 2020 by: Brigette Meeker
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This is a photo of Frank Anthony Placanica added by Shawnell Collins on June 17, 2020.
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May 30, 1941 - Oct 15, 2009
Added Jun 17, 2020 by: Shawnell Collins
Shawnell Collins
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Joan with her husband Warren Noeldechen.
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Added Jun 13, 2020 by: Joan Noeldechen
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This is a photo of Arthur Ellis Hazard added by Brigette Meeker on June 4, 2020.
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1907 - Unknown
Added Jun 4, 2020 by: Brigette Meeker
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This is a photo of Arthur Ellis HAZARD added by Brigette Meeker on May 17, 2020.
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1907 - Unknown
Added May 17, 2020 by: Brigette Meeker
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Maybe 1940s Iowa or Oregon
Added May 15, 2020 by: Kat Schwartz
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