Dogs and humans go back thousands of years. It’s no exaggeration to say that a dog is man’s best friend. We love them, they love us, and we have a lot in common. The people and their adorable doggy companions you will see here have been friends for a long time – they grew up together.
For some of these people, their doggy boys and girls have been with them since they were kids. And for most of these dogs, they have lived with their favorite human since puppyhood. The end result? Pure cuteness. Snuggle your closest doggy and get ready for some wholesome heartwarming!
This big guy was already quite large as a puppy. We see the couple holding him when he’s under a year old, and we have to admit, he’s quite the heart-breaker. The couple seem not to have aged at all, but the pupper became huge.
In the left-hand side of the picture, we can see that the woman has no problem carrying the doggy on her own. But as he grew up and became huge, she can no longer manage on her own. It’s a two man job, and now her partner needs to help her.
These two photographs are taken about two years apart and a lot has changed. The young soldier has been promoted, hence the change in his insignia. The cute doggo who on the left is just a little puppy; he has grown up and become quite the big boy.
Also, notice how the doggy’s eyes are not the same color in both photos. In the first one, when he was a puppy, his eyes were electric blue. And as he grew up, the pigments changed and his eyes became brown. In terms of color in general, these pics are amazing. The dog’s fur almost blends into the camouflage of his daddy’s uniform.
Here we see the tides of time bring about change. The child becomes a teenager and the puppy becomes full-grown doggy. One thing that doesn’t change with these two besties, however, is their snuggle factor. The little girl is just as cuddly with her puppy now that he’s all grown up.
A full 14 years have elapsed between the taking of these two photographs. Remember that one human year is seven dog years, so 14 human years is almost a lifetime for dogs. And we can see the difference here. On the right-hand side, this adorable canine is a senior doggy.
Believe it or not, this dog you see in both of these shots is the same one (yes, that’s actually a dog, it’s not a bear). There’s a big difference between the two pictures, which were taken about a year apart. Besides being about 50 times the size he was when he was a puppy, this furry guy outgrew his “badger marks,” i.e. the patches of grey fur on his face.
The human you see here is no small man either. When he originally posted this set of photos on Reddit, he mentioned that he is 6″4. So this gives us some sense of scale and emphasizes just how huge this big pup is. And guess what his name is: Moose.
A Furry Friend for Life
Here, the first picture is taken in 1998, and the second one is taken in 2012. We see the huge time lapse both on the woman and on her beloved doggy. The pair has totally grown up together. In the second picture, the white fur around the doggy’s mouth and eyes testify to his or her golden age.
Meanwhile, the little girl who was in the midst of losing her baby teeth has bloomed into a beautiful young woman. A woman who clearly loves her furry best friend with all of her heart. Another little element of cuteness in these contrasting photos is that whereas in the first one, the puppy almost looks shy for the camera, but in the second, he or she is all smiles.
These two amazingly cute before and after pics give us a glimpse into the coming-of-age of an adorable St. Bernard. This breed is one of biggest out there. They come from Switzerland originally and they were bred as rescue dogs for the snowy Alps. Considering their background, you can understand why they’re so huge and furry.
Already as a puppy, this St. Bernard had a huge forest of thick fur. As they years went by, it just became thicker and thicker. He wasn’t the only one getting furrier by the year. Have a look at his human companion. That big beard was nowhere to be seen in the first photo.
Please Don’t Hesitate to Reach Out
This before and after set is almost too cute to bear. The little human and the canine are both babies together. Adding to the cuteness is how the Golden Retriever puppy looks like she’s reaching out to hold the baby’s hand. Do you feel that little tingle in your heart? We sure do.
Obviously, the doggo seems to have grown up a lot faster than the little human. The right-hand photo is taken about a year and a half after the left one. But whereas the baby is still, well, a baby, the doggy is all grown up. But some things don’t change; the baby’s furry friend still doesn’t hesitate to “reach out.”
One Year of Love
Legendary soccer player Lionel Messi and his doggo companion went the extra mile and collaborated to take a two-part time-lapse of them growing up together. Messi looks the same (except for the cool hair), but his pal went from puppyhood to being a teenager then right on to full-blown doggyhood.
The soccer God’s big guy is a Bordeaux Mastiff. And as you can see from the picture, he’s a huge (and extremely cute) boy! Messi’s wife brought him home when he was just a little pup and Messi instantly fell in love. And who couldn’t fall in love with such a big teddy bear?
We don’t know who is more photogenic. Here, these two friends celebrate their 18th anniversary. We wish them the best. 18 years is a long friendship. This little guy’s name is sprocket. It’s a little hard to tell (and the woman did not divulge many details when she uploaded these photos), but we think Sprocket is a Harrier.
Experts describe the personality of Harriers as “cheerful, sweet-tempered, tolerant of people, and it is excellent with children.” Sprocket’s cute face looks like it proves the experts’ description. His eyes are one of his cutest features. Like Beagles, he looks a little sad all the time, even though they’re very joyful. It’s just cute.
Husky’s Got Your Back
“Once a boss, always a boss,” said this man about his dog in a post. This guy and his adorable husky companion never stopped playing one of their favorite games. When he and his puppy first started their back-sitting tradition, it wasn’t that much weight because the pupper was small . But that’s no longer the case.
Huskies were originally bred to thrive in an Arctic climate and pull sleds for people. That’s why they have such a heavy coat of fur. kind if look like wolves with their sharp snouts and the color of their fur. They kind of look like wolves with their long snouts, but they’re not vicious at all. They’re big sweethearts. And as we see from the photos, they’re playful.
Little Guy (Wink Wink)
Here we have another St. Bernard and his favorite human buddy. They clearly have an awesome relationship – just look at them cuddle. We’re totally jealous of this dude. These dogs are the size of a small bear, not even exaggerating. But they’re obviously way more cuddly.
This grown-up pup is seriously huge. Look at the size of his head in comparison to that of his human pal. There’s just no comparison. And this particular St. Bernard looks even bigger because he’s of the longhaired (there’s also shorthaired ones) breed. Their furriness (and cuteness) know no end. Must be really nice seeing of these sweet doggies grow up.
Hold Me In Your Arms
Even as a puppy, this huge fella wasn’t tiny. Still, his human friend could easily lift him in her arms. But now that her Newfoundland is all grown up, there’s no way. We bet the dog weighs twice as much as this young woman. We wonder how she manages to hold on to him when she’s taking him on a walk and he suddenly wants to dart after something.
Luckily for the young woman, Newfoundlands are very docile creatures. They aren’t always likely to bolt for a cat or squirrel. In fact, the biggest risk to humans associated with having a Newfoundland is that because they are so massive, if you’re a small person, they might accidentally knock you over if they jump up for some love.
These two adorable photographs were taken about 11 years apart. In the bottom one, the guy doesn’t look a day over 19 and the cutie-pie Golden Retriever doesn’t look like he aged a day. With the human, it’s clear, he’s smiling away. But adorably, so is the doggo.
It’s not just us humans projecting our feeling and perceptions onto our furry friends. They actually smile. Why? Experts think they learned to do it because they’ve seen humans do it and we reward them for doing so. And no wonder why these two long-time friends are so smiley, they love each and have tons of fun together by the look of it.
Growing up With a Teddy Bear
This is another one of those cases where it’s a little hard to tell if we’re seeing a dog or a bear. This Bernese Mountain Dog is one big furry guy or girl. You can’t tell that the human here is any older in the second picture, but the doggy is well on her way to adulthood.
Only six months have passed between these two pictures, but for the dog, it’s a lifetime of difference. Her favorite human has been with her the whole time. This kind of deep and long-lasting relationship is beneficial for the dog and the person. Raising a dog from a puppy supplies an infinite well of love and warmth.
It looks like these two besties were made for each other. It’s not just the jolly vibe we get from this guy (which totally mirrors the happy personality of Golden Retrievers), it’s also the hair. We guess he’s a redhead, and the color of his hair matches that of his favorite dog. They make quite the camera-friendly pair.
Like little babies, puppies like to be held close. They love the warmth and the closeness. It reminds them of how it was when they were in their mother’s womb. Fast forward about a year. This cute doggy is all grown up and he’s not so sure about being held anymore. He’s game (it seems), but he’s just not quite sure what’s happening. It’s very cute.
Always at Your Side
In this set of photos, the transformation is twofold. We see the little girl become a young woman and we see the little pupperino become a full-grown, medium-sized dog. This is what a deep friendship looks like. These two have been together for over 17 years!
The benefits for a kid to grow up with a dog are numerous and huge. It can help them develop social skills, improve impulse control, and even make them friendlier. Interestingly, there are even physiological benefits, like avoiding eczema and having a healthier heart!
Cuddles on the Floor Forever
Here, the tables are turned. It’s not the dog that gives us the striking contrast and sense of elapsed time (13 years). The little dog, which we think might be a Shih Tzu or some Shih Tzu mix, looks the exact same, just as tiny. But the guy has grown up and gone from boy to man.
But he’ll never outgrow cuddling on the floor with his little and loyal pal. They look just as happy and friendly as ever. This breed of dog is never big. They’ve been bred specifically for being small and cute. And This lucky guy has got to enjoy this compact-sized doggy for a long time.
Growing Up with a Pup
In the first photograph here, we see both the doggy and the human as youngsters. The kid is just on the verge of teenagehood. His best bud is also just also a youngster. He or she is very cute. But in the first photo, the dog is looking a little bit sad. It might be because the cast on its leg is bothering it. Poor doggo.
In the second photograph, which was taken 11 years after the first, the dog looks much happier, now that he or she doesn’t have a cast and a shaved leg. The human has grown a lot, but the doggy has maintained relatively the same size. Not too big to be held like a little kid! After so many years of being friends, person and dog, man and canine, look happy together.
Them Golden Curls Though
The cuteness from this dog’s puppy picture is overwhelming. He’s so small and sweet looking. It’s giving us a serious cuddle craving. As you can see, as a puppy, this dog’s hair wasn’t yet curly, but as he grew older, his hair curled up and it looks adorable.
The woman looks super happy in both photos, and we don’t blame her. This breed is called a Goldendoodle. It’s self-explanatory: a mix between a golden retriever and a poodle. Both sets of genes are strong, but the Golden Retriever genes certainly seemed to determine the doggo’s size – we always thought puppies grow into dogs, not horses. We guess we were wrong.
Cuddly White Wolf
This wholesome before and after set is full-throttle on the cute factor. This canine looks like a little, then big, white wolf. Albeit a cuddly one. The photos really show the years that have gone by for these two, as they grew up together. That his mommy or sister is holding him in the exact same position adds to to the effect.
The look on Freyja’s face is on the right-hand photo is one of pure enjoyment. In the first pic, Freyja is just a little pup, in the second photo, she’s one year old and pretty much fully grown. It’s crazy that it takes such a short amount of time for dogs to grow; people stop growing after about 18 or 19.
90s Kid and Pooch
The upper photo here, where we see the early days of a friendship that would bring both members huge happiness over the years, looks like the cover of a 90s movie. Maybe it’s the backward cap. Maybe it’s the iconic child-puppy image. The whole thing is charming.
Turn the clock forward a good few years and we see that the bond is just as strong as ever. But this time around, there are some kisses in addition to the cuddling. This is love between two great friends, family members. If this isn’t proof that dog is man’s best friend, then what is?
Friends from a Young Age
Baby and a little dog peeking over the crib. Whoa, slow down, this is almost a cuteness overdose. When this little girl was just a tiny baby, all swaddled up, there the dog was, inspecting his future best friend. Then, a few years later, we see the pair again, and the girl is giving this sweet doggo a huge hug.
We’re not quite sure what breed this is, but it looks like some mix of Golden Retriever and something else. Whatever the case, this pooch is endearing and puts a smile on your face. It must have been great growing up with this doggo.
Awww, some little doggies, not mentioning any names, are adorable. Just a little pup in his mamma’s arms in the first picture, we see him smiling away, looking playful as he gets ready to go for a little walk. At this point, he’s just a little ball of fluff.
The right-hand picture is just as sweet. You can tell these two have a special connection. The two pictures were taken about 8 years apart, and we see the full transformation, a canine coming of age. The woman doesn’t seem to have aged too much. When she uploaded this photo a couple of years ago, she wrote, “He’s still a mamma’s boy.”
Beagles are amazing little dogs. They’re basically a miniature version of the much larger Fox Hound. They’re so lovable and loving. Definitely a great dog for kids to grow up with. They’re really friendly. One of their most attractive features is that they have a really good temper.
Apparently, these two friends are 21 years apart! That’s a long time. It’s pretty much a lifetime for a doggy. You can get an idea of the dog’s age by the greying fur on his face, and downright adorable. After all these years, they’re still just as down as always for kisses.
We Don’t Like Change
When this Imgur user uploaded these pictures of her and her dog, she wrote, “16 years later, he’s still my best friend.” And we get it, these two grew up together. When you make a childhood friend and you come of age together, that bond will likely last forever.
Over the course of sixteen years, we see the little girl become a young woman and we see the little doggy get a little bit of grey fur, but he stayed the same compact and adorable size. But in essence, neither member of this deep friendship has changed much. The woman even has the same style of clothing.
This best bud duo warms our hearts. The two have been together for years, maybe even decades. The human is just a child in the first photo, maybe about 10 or 11, and in the second one, he’s a grown man. The same goes for his cute long-haired Retriever.
The two proud friends have cooperated and come together for the perfect photo years later. It really shows the contrast and highlights how long this connection is. The dog’s hair has gotten longer, the human’s hairline has receded a little bit, but at the end of the day, the bond just gets stronger and better, like a fine cheese that improves with aging.
Did This Guy Get Smaller?
We’re surprised this guy can still hold his big furry friend in his arms, considering how massive he is now that he has reached maturity. Seeing these photos impresses us and we can only imagine how much they impress the human, who has seen his little furry guy become a big fluffy beast.
Goldendoodles, a mix between a poodle and a Golden Retriever, are usually considered medium-sized dogs, but as you can see here, they can also get really big. These pics almost make us wonder whether the doggy got that huge, or if the man holding shrank over the years!
This picture is perfect. It’s as if someone took the dog and woman from the left-hand side and used a magical growing spell on them and then took another picture. Besides their age, everything is the same in both frames, even the bulletin board and yellow Petco shopping carts.
In the first picture, we see this young lady holding her dog, Nuba, on the day of his adoption. It’s extremely cute. And on the right-hand side, it’s hard to believe, but only six months have passed. By that time, Nuba is a growing doggy teenager, and equally cute. We’re not sure what breed Nuba is, but he looks like he has some German Sheppard in him.
First and Last
On the left, we see this dude holding his poodle and looking slick on the first day of his National Guard service. The poodle is just a little pupper. On the right, we see the same guy six years later, holding his doggy on the last day of his service. Both have totally grown up!
When the guy spent long times away from home during his service, we’re sure he missed his favorite dog and vice versa. And we can just imagine all the tail wagging and jumping up that happened when the guy would come home and see his little poodle get a little bit bigger each time.
The young doggy on the left and his human mamma got together for a perfect selfie. Though the dog is quite big already, mamma’s happy to hold him. But the doggo just kept on growing. In the spirit of internet lingo and meme slang, when the woman uploaded this before and after shot, she wrote, “Floofy pupper doin a heckin grow into a big ol’ woofer.”
The pupper has grown so much that in the second photo, he totally eclipses his mamma, she’s totally hidden by his fur and big body. We’re pretty sure this “big ol’ woofer” is of the Great Pyrenees breed, originally bred for protecting livestock. The reason their hair is so huge and fluffy is to make them look more intimidating for wolves. For us humans, though, it just looks cute.
Happier and Happier
This happy human took a photo when his favorite dog, Irwin, was just a little fluffy puppy, and then exactly one year later. As you see, the results are delightful. The man was already looking happy in the left-hand picture, as you can see by his facial expression. But on the right, as he’s holding his one-year-old big pup, he’s ecstatic.
To be honest, like so many other of these adorable doggies in this article, we’re surprised he isn’t too heavy for his daddy to hold. When it comes to Goldendoodles, they start off looking a lot like Golden Retrievers but then as they get older, they become much more poodle-looking. But of course, they’re cute the entire time.
Cuddles In the Bed
Unlike children, dogs are never too old to join their parents for a little snuggle in the bed! Ever since she was a little girl, this young woman has been hanging out with her beloved canine. The friendship they’ve developed over the years runs deep.
The two photographs were taken 15 years apart, so the young woman and her beloved doggo became adults together, cuddling in bed the entire time. It’s a little hard to tell what kind of doggy this cutie is, but we can clearly see he or she is very charming. We kind of envy this woman and how she got to grow up with the cuddly furball.
When this little Husky boy or girl was photographed, it was just a tiny little puppy, looking like a little mini wolf. But as they years went on, this Husky grew into a big silly dog. Just look at that playful face with the tongue hanging out. We’re sure this doggy has a great sense of humor.
The guy in the picture himself was surprised at the contrast between the two pictures. When he posted the side-by-side, he wrote, “My how things have changed!” We wish them all the best. It’s probably a lot of fun to watch a little Husky grow up and become a fully grown pooch.
The Love In Between
This is another one of those too-cute-for-words cases. This doggy is unfathomably tiny in the first picture, and in the right, she’s done growing. Her hair is beautiful, long, flowy, and very smooth. Unfortunately, this little doggy has since passed away due to old age.
On the left is the first picture the little girl ever took with her little dog. On the right is the dog’s last picture. There was a lifetime of love, walks, treats, cuddles, and smiles in between. Growing up with a loving and lovable dog warms the soul.
Sweaters Switching Hands
#OMG #adorbs #toomuch #meltedheart. Seriously, this is just too sweet. Like a little baby kangaroo hanging out of his mother’s pouch, this little good boy is safely tucked away in daddy’s sweater. Look at that little pup – it makes you want to reach into the computer screen and rub faces.
As the man in this picture said when he posted this awesome before and after duo, “This good boy did a heck of a grow this year.” And as one commenter aptly put it, “He looks adorably unaware of his size.” Also, it’s hilarious that in the first pic, the man is wearing the sweater, but in the second one, it’s the dog wearing it.
Terms of Endearment
We don’t know what it is exactly, but there’s something that bothers us about the terms “pet” and “owner.” As you have probably surmised by now, we prefer using words like “friend” and “parent.” And when you look at a human-dog pair like this one, how could you not gravitate toward more endearing terms?
The left-hand photo was taken the day that this little girl got her beloved doggo, named Lucy. On the right, we see them again after 16 loving years of growing up together. When posting this sweet set of photos to remember and honor Lucy, the now-grown woman, among other nice words said, “I loved her so much.”
In this one, it looks like the cute little doggy is pretty much done growing, but the little girl is still far from it. As you see, the two were introduced to each when they were both little babies. The little lady’s name is Kaelen and the pooch’s name is Kendall.
In the first picture (which has an extra element of cuteness because Kendall has been put inside the crib with her human sister!), Kaelen is just nine months old, and later on, she’s seven. So she has already spent a good portion of her childhood being attached at the hip with Kendall.
In these shots, we see birthday celebrations happening that are spaced apart by 14 years. It’s not the young lady’s birthday, it’s Brandy’s, the super cute Golden Retriever. It looks like she’s not quite sure what’s going on in the first frame, but in the second she’s got a big old smile on her face.
We obviously don’t know exactly what’s going through Brandy’s head, but we think that on some level she can feel that her human sister is trying hard to make her feel special. Dogs are not oblivious to our emotions and goals; they know a good time when they see one!
Growing up Fast
It’s so sweet how this woman holds her little Husky pupper. Not even exaggerating – she’s holding her like a baby. Look, she has the hand of the neck/back of the head for support, and the other hand under the butt. Too cute, too cute.
Unbelievably, only 12 weeks have passed between the taking of these two photos! It’s mind-blowing how fast puppies grow. The 12 weeks was enough for this Husky to pretty much become a fully grown floofer. Of course, after only a few months, we can’t see any change in the woman’s age.