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
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
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
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
Kathy Pinna
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A photo of Peter Olds with his new puppy named Lady.
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Jul 9, 2016 by: Mackenzie Barrett
Mackenzie Barrett
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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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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
341 favorites
A photo of Jennie Dimmick Armstrong at Fort Robinson, Neb, with her Llewelyn setter
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Dec 12, 2015 by: Lynne Kary-Rana
Lynne Kary-Rana
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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 by: Kathy Pinna
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 by: Brigette Meeker
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 by: Shawnell Collins
Shawnell Collins
33 favorites
Joan with her husband Warren Noeldechen.
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Added Jun 13 by: Joan Noeldechen
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 by: Brigette Meeker
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 by: Brigette Meeker
Brigette Meeker
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Maybe 1940s Iowa or Oregon
Added May 15 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Other photos found with this one were marked as being in Iowa or Oregon, between 1920s and 1940s.
Added May 7 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
313 favorites
Other photos found with this one were marked as being in Iowa or Oregon, between 1920s and 1940s.
Added May 7 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Other images found with this were marked Iowa or Oregon and 1920s to 1940s.
Added May 7 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Mrs. B. (illegible) from Le Grande, Iowa
Added May 7 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Added May 3 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Hard enough to match up people, and now I'm including a picture of a rooster?
Added May 3 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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This is a photo of The Day We Left Iowa 1947 added by Kat Schwartz on May 3, 2020.
Added May 3 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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Found in Portland, OR. Based on other photos I believe it is the 40s in Oregon or Iowa
Added May 1 by: Kat Schwartz
Kat Schwartz
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This is a photo of Mary Annie (Laing) Clutterbuck added by Sandra Harland on April 30, 2020. Mary Annie Clutterbuck, Pauline, Hilda & Bertha Clutterbuck . Possibly in Charlotte St Collingwood. Male unknown.
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Added Apr 30 by: Sandra Harland
Sandra Harland
6 favorites
This is a photo of Evelyn Joy Kinsner added by Denis Kinsner on April 16, 2020.
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Apr 1, 1959 - May 13, 2010
Added Apr 16 by: Denis Kinsner
Denis Kinsner
5 favorites
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Article from 1940s
People in this photo:
Unknown - Unknown
Added Apr 14 by: Savannah Brooke
Savannah Brooke
131 favorites
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This is a photo of Hunninghouse family added by Savannah Brooke on April 14, 2020.
Added Apr 14 by: Savannah Brooke
Savannah Brooke
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This is a photo of Růžena (Absolonová) Sommerová added by Petr Zenkl on April 2, 2020.
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Added Apr 2 by: Petr Zenkl
Petr Zenkl
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This is a photo of Frank Benda and Cecilia Benda added by Petr Zenkl on April 2, 2020.
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Dec 21, 1903 - October 1979
Added Apr 2 by: Petr Zenkl
Petr Zenkl
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My father had this photo in his World War II memory album. He said Henry was his best friend on the back “Good as Gold” The back of the photo has also been uploaded.
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around 1915 - Unknown
Added Mar 30 by: C Griffin
C Griffin
4 favorites
This is a photo of Carrie Nell (Fosnaugh) Eyman added by Mark Stafford on March 19, 2020.
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Aug 6, 1896 - Mar 25, 1978
Added Mar 19 by: Mark Stafford
Mark Stafford
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Found in an antique store in Texas.
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Unknown - Unknown
Added Mar 17 by: Roxy Triebel
Roxy Triebel
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This is a photo of Veronica (Balfe) Cooper added by Amanda S. Stevenson on February 29, 2020.
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May 27, 1913 - Feb 16, 2000
Added Feb 29 by: Amanda S. Stevenson
Amanda S. Stevenson
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This is a photo of Finnemore family added by Paul Cook on February 21, 2020.
Added Feb 21 by: Paul Cook
Paul Cook
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Caravan holiday with my sister Noelle Courtney Laidlaw and myself and dog Tilley at Mongons Bridge, Kiewa Valley, with our parents Reg and Pat Courtney, 1954
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Dec 25, 1937 - Unknown
This is a photo of Herbert Amato and Charles Haywood Sapp, taken during World War 2 while they were in Alaska.
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Sep 5, 1914 - Jan 14, 1970
A photo of Eli Raisovich who was an avid coon hunter.
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Aug 2, 1930 - January 1978
Added Feb 17 by: Eli Raisovich Jr
Eli Raisovich Jr
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A photo of Doris Trexler
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around 1929 - around Nov 30, 2018
A photo of Merrill E Haaheim in his early 20's holding a cat.
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Feb 9, 1914 - Feb 23, 2004
Added Jan 27 by: Maxine Berry
Maxine Berry
4 favorites
A photo of Doris Ann (Phillips) Trexler
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around 1929 - around Nov 30, 2018
A photo of James Leveson, wife Gertrude, (assumed) their child and the family dog.
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Added Jan 4 by: Rachel Carroll
Rachel Carroll
164 favorites
A photo of Rosalie Cotich Hughes
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Apr 30, 1909 - Jan 8, 2003
Added Dec 9, 2019 by: P Ambrose
P Ambrose
21 favorites
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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Aug 29, 1870 - Dec 20, 1962
Added Nov 24, 2019 by: Daniel Hill
Daniel Hill
67 favorites
A photo of Jessie Hazel (Cahoon) Clark
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Oct 18, 1895 - Jul 1, 1987
Added Oct 24, 2019 by: Wendy Harrington
Wendy Harrington
34 favorites
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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Added Sep 6, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
Roxy Triebel
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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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1840 - July 1913
Added Sep 6, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
Roxy Triebel
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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.
Added Sep 1, 2019 by: Roxy Triebel
Roxy Triebel
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