20 Adorable Animal Friendships That Will Fill Your Heart with Happiness
Get ready to say, “Awww!” These unlikely pairs make the best—and cutest—friends.
Calling all animal lovers: Reader’s Digest is searching for the most touching, adorable, or hilarious friendships involving a pet. So far, we have received lots of cute animal photos that will totally melt your heart. While animals form bonds with humans, they can also form meaningful bonds with all sorts of other animals. The result: adorable animal friendships that make us smile (and occasionally produce some seriously funny animal photos). We put together some of the cutest pet pal entries we’ve received to share with you!
A girl and her pup: Best friends for life
“Boxers love children,” says dog owner Emily Marnell Stewart. “Our brindle boxer, Mason, is no exception. He is the most affectionate and gentle pup to my one-year-old daughter. He licks up her spilled milk, acts as a step stool when she wants to get up on the couch, and gives endless cuddles and kisses.”
Jeannie and Chad
Cuteness overload! This bunny and dog are best pals who are always there for each other—even when things get ruff.
Lucy and Amos
These best buds love to cuddle and wrestle. There’s never a dull moment during play time!
Midnight and Leo
Leo loves hanging out with the chickens his family has, but Midnight holds a special place in his heart. Their favorite activity? Swapping secrets in the snow.
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Champ and Billy
Check out this dynamic duo! Champ the horse and Billy the goat are devoted BFFs. Where one goes, the other will follow!
Jasie and Ruby
This standard poodle and miniature donkey have such a pure friendship. Their owner says you can catch them chasing each other, playing tug-of-war, or kicking around a yoga ball.
Moose and Talaga
A dog and a tortoise are hanging out in the grass… No, it’s not the beginning of a joke—it’s what these two BFFs love to do in their spare time!
Joker and Allie
Who says dogs and cats can’t be friends? You can find these two buddies snuggling, playing, and being absolutely adorable.
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Buddy and Mimi
This dog and goat duo have a passion for fashion! Here they are modeling their latest winter looks. We think they’re runway ready.
Whiskers and Oreo
We all need a friend who gives hugs like Oreo.
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Zanzibar and Rascal
These two became fast friends. They even sunbathe together! What a purr-fect pair.
Stella and Penelope
A deer and a dog—the ultimate dynamic duo. What a beautiful friendship!
Jack Jack and Stuffy
Cuteness overload! These sweet best friends share a lot, including some memorable firsts. Here they are seeing snow for the first time together.
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Quackers and Gizmo
Wilbur and Hazel
This picture should be listed in the dictionary under “adorable.” These best friends grew up together and love to cuddle.
Josie and her chicks
We all need a friend who looks out for us—and that’s exactly what Josie does for her chicks. She’s a regular at the hen house and loves to watch over her little friends as they run around. She’s a natural guardian!
Woof and Meow
These pals love hanging out—literally. They have been best friends since day one and love spending their days playing, chirping, and being downright adorable.
Puck and Phoenix
These two best friends love to soak up the sun together. Talk about a heartwarming friendship!
Lilli and Henry
The first word that comes to mind? Awww! Henry loves having Lilli around—the proof is in that loving gaze and those sweet puppy-dog eyes.
Finn and Lamie
Friends protect each other, and that’s exactly what Finn did for Lamie. Finn took to Lamie after he was rejected by his mother—proof that true animal friendship knows no boundaries.