Studies that link pet ownership with better health aren't new. Not only do pets decrease blood pressure and feelings of loneliness, they also increase your opportunities for exercise and socialization. And that's especially true for older people.
With that in mind, Huff/Post50 asked readers of all ages to share the photos that prove pets hold a special place in people's hearts. Check out just some of the images below and be prepared to gush over the cuteness.