17 Touching ‘Then And Now’ Photos Of Dogs And Their Owners

Growing up with a dog (or any loved pet) is truly amazing, especially when the bond between you and your fluffy best friend extends through childhood to adolescence and adulthood. These four-legged angels are always been there for you when you need them the most: your first day at school, first heartbreak, boring winter nights…

In celebration of our best friends, here are some touching then-and-now photos of dog owners with their best friends.

Although the physical appearance changes, these photos prove that love and friendship are timeless.

1) “My dog Midas and myself after a decade together.”

before_after_owners_with_pets_06

And that soulless avocado will stay young forever.

2) These two have been best friends for 15 years.

before_after_owners_with_pets_12

3) “My lifelong companion and friend, 2001 and 2014.”

before_after_owners_with_pets_13

4)Friends since day one.

before_after_owners_with_pets_14

“Someone dear to me passed away today. This is my best friend Genevieve, on the first day we met, and the last day.”

5) A happy birthday, 14 years apart.

before_after_owners_with_pets_15

“This is Brandy and I on her first birthday, and 14 years later on her fifteenth. Happy birthday to my beautiful beloved Brandy!”

6) A good book or a good friend never let you down.

before_after_owners_with_pets_16

“I had to put my first dog down last week after 14 years of wonderful companionship, R.I.P. Docker.”

7) 13 years of epic naps.

before_after_owners_with_pets_17

“Me and my Weenie 13 years apart.”

8)16 years later, he’s still her best friend.

before_after_owners_with_pets_18

9) There is no happiness in the world like a puppy kiss.

before_after_owners_with_pets_01

10) True love, 13 years later.

before_after_owners_with_pets_02

11) 3 years of friendship.

before_after_owners_with_pets_03

12) 11 years makes a big difference.

before_after_owners_with_pets_05

Bonus points for the same shorts!

13) “My dog and I, 1998 and 2012.”

before_after_owners_with_pets_07

14) 13 years of the best dog a kid could ever have.

before_after_owners_with_pets_08

15) “The first and last night with my pup…Rest in peace.”

before_after_owners_with_pets_09

16) “Ten and fifteen years later. My old pal is still going strong.”

before_after_owners_with_pets_10

17) “My 15 year friendship! Meet Monty.”

before_after_owners_with_pets_11

While most of these photos are so filled with joy and happiness, at least some also illustrate the sadness of outliving a beloved pet. But it’s probably the dedication and loyalty that dogs expose in their – in our terms – short lives that make them such incredible companions.