From stories of interspecies pals like Charlotte and Wilbur to heartwarming tales of dogs who band together like in Hal Borland’s memoir The Dog Who Came to Stay, books about animal friendships never cease to tug at our heartstrings. In celebration of these stories, here are some of our favorite photos of furry friendships.
"Just thinking about a friend makes you want to do a happy dance, because a friend is someone who loves you."
"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans." -All Creatures Great and Small, by James Herriott
"Friendships are a very important part of the social life of a herd, and most horses have a 'preferred friend.' Best friends are, generally speaking, two horses closely matched in rank, size, and disposition. Horse friends are often inseparable." -How to Talk With Your Animals, by Jean Craighead George
"I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen." -Winnie the Pooh, by A.A. Milne
"'Why did you do all this for me?' he asked. 'I don't deserve it. I've never done anything for you.' 'You have been my friend,' replied Charlotte. 'That in itself is a tremendous thing.'" -Charlotte's Web, by E. B. White
"[Mike] was banished from the house for two days. Pat, with that strange streak of responsibility, insisted on banishment with him and wouldn't come inside until Mike was admitted again." -The Dog Who Came to Stay, by Hal Borland