I've said it before and I'll say it again: We are not worthy of dogs. They're the ultimate best friends. You're sad? They'll comfort you. Sleepy? They'll nap with you. Excited? They'll celebrate with you. Dogs provide unconditional love and a whole lot of entertainment in exchange for a few treats and some belly rubs. Whether you're a a casual dog person or wholeheartedly dog-obsessed, these 40 hilarious GIFs of dogs are guaranteed to make your day.
Aside from the laughs they bring, owning a dog provides a whole host of other benefits. Turns out, children in families with dogs can experience many advantages. Kids with dogs generally show higher levels of compassion, self-esteem, cognitive development, and happiness, among other things, according to an article by the American Kennel Club. When children have a chance to help their parents care for their furry friend, they also get a chance to develop the responsibility, empathy, and competence that comes with owning a pet. Time Magazine also noted that dog owners are more active, on average, than people who do not own dogs. Most notably, dog owners were more active on cold, wet winter days than non-owners were even on sunny, warm days. If these benefits haven't sold you on dogs yet, these GIFs certainly will.
1. So Close, Buddy
Not every dog is gifted with mouth-eye coordination, but I love this guy for trying so hard.
2. Meal Time = Best Time.
I feel exactly like this when I see my food coming my way when I'm at a restaurant. You're my spirit animal, little guy.
3. So Close, Yet So Far
He's got short arms but big determination.
4. Is There Something On Me?
One smart kitty decided to hitch a ride on the family dog. When cats and dogs inhabit the same home, some funny interactions are bound to happen.
5. Sassy Birthday Girl
It's her birthday, she can bat her cake to the ground if she wants to! I guess her owners didn't get the flavor she likes.
6. What Did You Say?
"Did someone say treat? "
7. Treat Yourself
After a long day of eating and napping, it's always good to unwind. Now a little to the left...
8. He's A Vegan
I can honestly say I've never had this reaction around lettuce. Do you want some dressing, at least?
9. Swimming Laps
Swimming is incredible exercise, and this dog is feeling the burn. Look at that determination!
"Ha ha, humans. You underestimate my fluff."
11. Make Yourself At Home
This is pretty much the image that runs through my head when someone asks, "What are you doing this weekend?"
12. Don't Skip Leg Day
Finally, an enjoyable workout video. Disclaimer: Results vary.
13. Dog-Lovin' Dog
This is a dog truly living their best life.
14. Hello, Little One
"When the humans are gone, we can just pet each other."
15. Foot In Mouth
Well, if you don't have a thumb to suck....
16. Dinner For One
It looks like Lady's dinner date stood her up, but I don't think she minds.
17. Dog In Shoes
There is nothing funnier than a dog wearing booties. Nothing.
Dogs love sticking their heads out the window on car rides. When you're stuck inside, this is the next best way to feel the wind in your hair.
19. Winter Bellyboarding
When the ground is icy, this isn't too shabby of an idea. Who really needs sensation in their belly, anyways?
20. I Need Coffee
The white dog got an extra shot of espresso in his kibble this morning.
21. Sharing Is Caring
"Don't mind me, cat! I'll be fine right here."
This dog is that friend of yours who insists on doing party tricks every time you go out together.
23. Little Puppy, Big World
When you're this tiny, everything becomes an obstacle.
24. Did I Sit In Something?
Dogs have no concept of personal space. In my opinion, that's one of their best qualities.
When the dog park is at capacity but you won't go in without your BFF.
26. Dance Battle
Sometimes when the fight gets too heated, you've just got to dance it out.
27. Can't Be Tamed
The playpen seemed like a decent idea, but this dog is clearly an escape artist and genius.
28. All About The Chase
This dog doesn't need his human's attention. Until he doesn't have it anymore, of course.
29. Cake Cake Cake
You know he's been looking forward to this cake since last year. Who says getting older is a bad thing?
30. Jumping For Joy
It takes so little to make dogs happy. Food, snuggles, and, of course, walks.
31. Tricky Glass Door
If you've under run into a sliding glass door full-speed, you completely understand this dog's hesitation.
32. Eyebrow Game Strong
"Thanks, I just got them microbladed!"
Search "guilty dog" on YouTube and prepare to laugh. Apparently, dogs are incapable of hiding their own shame when they've misbehaved. Truthfully, who can punish them after seeing this face?
34. A Win-Win Situation
These boy and his beloved dog take the phrase, "You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours," very literally.
35. Now You See Me
You can't hear it, but "Somebody's Watching Me" by Rockwell is playing in the background.
36. Dog In A Blanket
My dog can't even master rolling over, let alone this blanket maneuver. I'm impressed.
37. Staring Contest Winner
I think this is his way of saying, "Please get out of my face."
38. Just Hold Me
Clearly, the cuddling is over when the dog says it's over. Just relax and enjoy.