Celebrating National Pet Day
It’s National Pet Day today! Pets are an important part of life for many people, and they come in all shapes, sizes, and species.
To celebrate this occasion, we’re featuring photos of many animals taken by our talented photographers. Some of these animals make great pets, and some might be… a little less suited for your home.
Neil Buchan Grant // Winchester, UK
Dogs. The original best friend. Dress them up in sweaters, play fetch, and snuggle them after a long stressful day.
Pros: Wet nose, loyal. Cons: Eats shoes.
Lisa Godfrey // Norristown, PA
Cats also make great pets, according to some cat owners. They might seem standoffish and generally uninterested in humans - until dinner time.
Pros: Cute whiskers, don’t care what humans think. Cons: Temperamental, scratchy.
Shaina Fishman // Brooklyn, NY
Bunnies have some of the cutest noses and ears in all of the animal kingdom.
Pros: Quiet, fluffy. Cons: Always sneaking off with your carrots.
Cristina Candel // Madrid, Spain
Turtles are easygoing pets, but keep fingers clear if dealing with the snapping variety.
Pros: Eats bugs and worms. Cons: Feeding them bugs and worms.
Paul Nordmann // St. Louis, MO
Chickens and roosters are common pets on farms and in households across the world.
Pros: Eggs for breakfast. Cons: No snooze button.
Luke Copping // Buffalo, NY
Bearded Dragons are cold-blooded, so make sure you warm them up with lots of love!
Pros: Cuter than you expect. Cons: Still a scaly lizard. Not for people with texture issues.
Jim Henderson // Eden Prarie, MN
Horses are the classic gift that every child wants for their birthday, but parents can’t really afford on a modest income.
Pros: Get around in style. Cons: Saddle sores.
Nathaniel Wilder // Anchorage, AK
Cows are sophisticated pets. They have four stomachs and they’re big fans of music.
Pros: Will pre-chew your food. Cons: Can’t go downstairs. Or fit through normal doorways.
Jennifer Silverberg // St Louis, MO
Ducks, swans, and other waterfowl make for fun pets at bath time.
Pros: Completely waterproof, fearless defenders of their young. Cons: Sharp beaks.
Matt Dayka // Atascadero, CA
Llamas and alpacas are well-suited for pet owners in high altitudes.
Pros: Fuzzy, good movers. Cons: Perpetually sassy, accurate spit.
Julia Vandenoever // Boulder, CO
Lobsters weren’t going to make the cut until our publicist Sankha told me that he used to keep lobsters in a tank as pets. So it’s a thing.
Pros: Delicious. Cons: Large claws, probably not suitable for young children.
Morten Koldby // Aarhus, Denmark
Lions and tigers (in my house? Oh my!) are generally not recommended as pets. It’s probably safer to just visit them at the zoo.
Pros: Just like cats, except bigger. Cons: …and hungrier.
Be sure to show some love to those pets today! And remember: when you go out to find your next animal companion, make sure you choose wisely!
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