True Stories Of Pet Ownership That Will Give You All The Feels

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Vote up the pets who deserve to have their entire stories told.

No matter how dark the world gets, heartwarming pet stories always bring a bit of light back into your life. When you think of stories about you pet, you likely have a collection of funny and uplifting memories you will tell anyone who will listen. Cute pet stories, especially ones about your own pet, deserve to be told, because all the good boys and good girls out there deserve the attention. Even other animals keep pets of their own because they too know just how rewarding it is to have a loyal companion.

Stories about pets from the owners at Reddit cover all manner of funny pet situations along with other affecting tales of pet bravery and empathy. You might act like a stone-cold commenter on the Internet, but these adorable pet stories will have you crying into your monitor.

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    15 VOTES

    The Perfect Dog-Walker

    From ooo-ooo-oooyea:

    "We adopted a pit bull-boxer, who ended up moving in with my parents. They put him in the backyard with their little Fufu doggy, who was accidentally wearing a lease. Later on, the pit was walking around with the leash in his mouth, literally taking the other dog on a walk."

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    15 VOTES

    A Tune All Their Own

    From Jabberhakke:

    "I had a parakeet when I was growing up. My mom played the piano a lot and often made this one specific mistake in a song she often played, and as soon as she made the mistake she'd go back a measure or two and correct it. The parakeet eventually learned to whistle that melody - but he would whistle it with the mistake/correction she usually made."

  • 3
    50 VOTES

    What A Catch

    From gou15:

    "A story about my blue heeler rescue. Her name is Stitch.

    "I am on a sales' call to a neighboring town and my customer is busy when I got there. I was told to come back in half an hour. My customer's location is kind of in the middle of nowhere - no food, no shopping, no nothing. The only thing close by is the animal shelter. So, being foolish, I decide I'LL stroll in there and maybe play with a couple of the dogs while I wait.

    "Long story short, I fall in love with this scruffy, unkempt blue heeler mix. I send a picture to my girlfriend and say 'should I bring this dog home?' We have another dog already. She says 'do what you want.' Still being foolish and not knowing that 'do what you want' means 'no f*cking way,' I drive back to the shelter after my sales' call, pay my money, and make the two-and-a-half hour drive home with my new dog. She is about a year old at the time.

    "The meet-and-greet with my other dog goes fine. Girlfriend is pissed, but that's secondary. I notice this dog has some unusual behavior for a one-year-old dog. She doesn't play ball - she doesn't even recognize that a ball is a toy. She's not lazy, but she doesn't want to play. She stays close to us all the time. She purposely avoids the kitchen and goes into other rooms when you're eating even as my other dog begs for table scraps (and gets them). She's not anxious or scared, just not playful or fun. She never even wags her tail. And when she meets my dad for the first time, she cowers. Tail down, head down, ears back, super submissive. Undoubtedly this dog has been neglected and abused.

    "Time goes by and she's loosened up a bit. She doesn't fetch but she's happy to see us now, wags her tail, and begs like a good ole spoiled dog should. But she's still kind of reserved and just wants cuddles all the time. To this point she doesn't even know how to get into trouble.

    "One day (yes, the story starts now) we're at the local dog park. This park has a creek running through it which, after winter, has fish in it. Not good fishing fish, just whitefish or other gross creatures. This drives the dogs nuts since the fish wash up on shore when they die. We all know how much dogs love gross smells - especially rolling in gross smells.

    "Stitch disappears into some tall grass one spring day, which is fine as she plays very well with my other dog. My other dog comes back and Stitch doesn't. This is down by the creek area. I keep walking because Stitch always comes back when she gets to far away. Not this time. She doesn't. Finally, and I'm probably 70 yards away by this time, I start calling for her. I see her strutting out of the tall grass.

    "And her tail is up. And her ears are forward. And she's holding her head up high. And she's basically prancing. This dog is incredibly happy with herself. I can't see why yet...

    "She gets close enough that I can see why she's so happy. This reserved, timid, sometimes fearful, not quite a 'dog' dog has hauled a full fish out of the creek and is carrying it over to me through the park.

    "Other dog park patrons are disgusted. I'm almost in tears because this animal who's been abused and neglected for the first year of her life has finally gone and done something she wanted to do, not for anyone's gain but her own. I'm almost in tears because I've never seen her look so proud of herself. It's at this point I consider my dog to have become a dog.

    "F*ck I'm tearing up just remembering the look on her face. I walk over to her, sit in the grass and she drops the fish and looks up at me with a big dopey smile on her face, wagging her tail and waiting for her praise. I like to imagine that, going through her little dog mind, was the phrase 'did I do good?' I probably spent five minutes there just petting her and telling her how good she was...

    "She was proud, I was proud, and my other dog decided that this fish would make a good snack. I didn't mind."

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    13 VOTES

    Cookie Monster

    From Gr8WhiteStarks:

    "One time I had a cookie that my dog wanted. I wasn't going to give it to him, but as I sat down in a chair in my living room, he leapt off the ottoman from about eight feet away, snatched it out of my hand in mid-air, and had swallowed it before I knew what happened. Didn't even touch my fingers. I was left with the pinch my fingers were holding."

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    12 VOTES

    Swimming Not Sinking

    From i_have_spaghetti:

    "My husband and I took in our lab/terrier mix when she was about three-years-old. She has always been deathly afraid of water, which the previous owner told us was due to an incident when she was a puppy - the kid living with her threw her in the pool and I can imagine it was pretty traumatic for my pup.

    "Anyway, we hike a lot especially around streams and rivers, and we always take our girl with us but never force her near the water. She was content for so long to simply dip her paws or pass by water without a second thought.

    "But then on one hike, we took her down by the river just expecting her to pass by it, but she started walking in. And then she was up to her knees and we started to get excited! 'Good job, girl! It's okay!' Then, she's up to her chest and showing no fear! Next thing, she's full on swimming in the river! I was so excited and proud!

    "It fills me with so much happiness and pride whenever I think about her first 'leap' into the water and overcoming her fears. She's part lab, she was built for the water, and to see that she can finally enjoy it really lights me up. Nowadays she shows no fear around water and happily splashes and swims on our hikes. Such a good dog."

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    11 VOTES

    Not The Best Defense

    From Erinsays:

    "My last dog was the sweetest, most submissive thing ever. Every time she met a new dog or person, she instantly rolled over. It wasn't uncommon for her to roll over when we happened upon litter on the sidewalk.

    "One night she and I had gone to bed and my boyfriend came in. He lived with us, so she was certainly comfortable with him. For some reason she didn't recognize him and she stood over me growling, all her hair on end, snapping. I was shocked that she would try and defend me - that so wasn't like her! Then my boyfriend flipped on the light, she saw who it was, and she peed all over me in submission. Awesome."