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America’s Best Pet Pals is Reader’s Digest’s and The Pet Collective’s nationwide search for extraordinary animal stories that make you laugh, cry, and purr. That means incredible pet heroes, unbelievable pet friendships, or any time your furry friend amazed you. 2021’s Best Pet Pals included Sophie, the nine-year-old “chicken whisperer,” and her flock, Dakota and Indiana, a mother and pup who found their way back to one another from 1,000 miles away, and Blue, the service dog who guided a veteran through the darkness of PTSD. Scroll down to meet some of our past Pet Pals and submit yours below!

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