We asked our readers to submit their favorite photos of the furry or four-legged members of their families who, though they aren’t human, are (almost) as beloved as the kids. We were delighted with the piles of photos you all sent in.

petandpeeps_Karen and Attila Benko with Tilly, Jordan Eason with Rapunzel, Shelby with Sophie, Mary Abell with Doolie

petandpeeps_Barbara with Taters, Paige with Cali, Nick with Paris, Matt and Suzy with Bo and Enzo, Mirage with Sky

petandpeeps_ Natalie with Archie, Karlee with Charlotte, Baby Mikayla with Boobas, Dennis Molly, Rachel with Wilbur

poop on pets

Americans are particularly in love with their pets. Here are a few fascinating tidbits culled from the annual AP-Petside polls conducted between 2009 and 2011.*

• About 30 percent of married women say their pets are better listeners than their spouses.

• A majority of pet owners polled said they planned on buying their pet a present to put under the Christmas tree.

• About one-fourth of pet owners celebrate their pet’s birthday or mark the day the pet came to live with them.

• Over 40 percent of pet owners have taken a pet on vacation, dogs more so than cats.

• Over 20 percent have taken their pets to their workplace.

• Most pet owners admit to feeding their animals human food.

• 19 percent have bought an outfit for their pet but 43 percent said their pet had its own “sense of style.”

• Men were less likely than women to call their pet a full member of the household.

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Bath time at Star and David Espinoza’s Simi Valley home is lots of fun for Molly, Mac, Miles and Murphy.

*The Associated Press-Petside.com poll is conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Corporate Communications. 

AJ Scott of Westlake Village watches the Reyes Adobe Days parade with Rupert, 1, a Japanese Akita
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Barbara Peterson of Simi Valley cradles mastiff Titus when he was a puppy. He now weighs 170 pounds at 1 year old.
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Freddie,3, with his baby brother Pumkin ,2 months, taking a nap. They are Purr-Fect together!

 
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Dennis McManus takes his Yorkie, Buddy, for a ride.
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Jennifer Brown is dwarfed by 170-pound mastiff Titus, 1.
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Ziggy, a 10-year-old Boston terrier, and Bug, a 3-year-old miniature pinscher, are Crista Carroll’s beloved pups.Share

David Espinoza hangs out with Murphy, 5.
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Ed Starman of Agoura Hills snuggles Gidget, 4.
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Frank Perez of Simi Valley loves his mixed mutt Peeka, 3.
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Jamie and Kareem Jubran pose with their rescued terriers Lil Girl, Miles, 2, and Mac, 6.
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Jason Munro of Thousand Oaks enjoys his Michelob--the Labrador, that is, not the beer. Michelob is 12 years old.
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John and Sue Chambers of Oak Park adopted Sadie, a 4-year-old bulldog/pit/boxer mix, from the Agoura Animal Shelter.
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Jordan Chee, age 12, of Calabasas, takes a selfie with 3-year-old golden retriever Tilly.
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Jordan Eason, 3, cuddles Sophie the chicken, from Simi Valley.
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Stephanie Tarke’s pup, Kahlua, relaxes on the lawn.
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Karen, Bob, Natalie and Stephanie Denne from Simi Valley romp at the beach with poodles Rupert, 11, Karlton, 7, Sofia, 7 and Lexington, 10.
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Kate Saperstein hangs out with Bugs Bunny, 7.
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Kevin Larned snoozes with Keen, 14.
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Marilyn and Alex Havasi of Old Agoura pose for a formal portrait with Panda, a toy poodle.
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Mason Somers hikes with Paco, a rat terrier, and Pete, a German shorthaired pointer.
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Matt Tritenbach plays on the beach with his German shepherds.
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Mike Kunz and Sandra Colliflower hit the road with with Chihuahua Bella.
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Mike and Robin Targon call their Yorkie, age 8, their “baby.”
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Samantha with Shorty, 9, a boxer, and Lucky, 10, a Bichon Frise.
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Paula Goodrich with Violetta, a Missouri fox trotter horse.
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Rex and Oliver snuggle.
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Robert Jacob Smith and Brady, a boxer/shepherd mix, check out the neighborhood.
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Samantha with Shorty, 9, a boxer, and Lucky, 10, a Bichon Frise.
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Tabi poses with her German shepherd, Violet.
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Tommy the pup loves hanging out with Lisa and Tyler.
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Vanessa with Toby, a Cavalier King Charles Cavalier at home in Westlake Village.
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Wendy Cassar shows off Coco, a long-hair Chihuahua/Pomeranian mix.
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Karlee Glickman with Penni, a mini donkey, Markie the horse and Dior the pygmy goat.
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Bella, 9, of Simi Valley and Maltese/Shih Tzu mix Willow, 4 snuggle.
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Joyce Costa with her 5-year-old English sheepdog Daisy.
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Darlene Shimota of Oak Park checks into Total Body Fitness with Max, her 8-year-old boxer.
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Buddy the Yorkie is all decked out in biker gear courtesy of owner Dennis McManus of Simi Valley.
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