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28 Vintage Photos of Dogs Being Our Best Friends

If you've ever owned a dog, you know how quickly they become a member of the family.

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Prince the pooch

Even Prince the pooch came along for the ride when Perc and Ada Leidy took a trip to Birmingham, Alabama, in 1928. The couple spent the 1920s in Florida, enjoying the good life.

ElmerCourtesy Katie Mace/Reminisce

Sled dog

Katie Mace of New Franken, Wisconsin, shares this photo of her father, Russell Jacobs, taken around 1941. Avoid these mistakes every pet owner makes.

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Fraternity dog

"In the fall of 1923 my uncle, Paul Johnson, started Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, and pledged to a fraternity. At the end of the school year, Paul brought the house dog home to care for during the summer. Paul lived with his parents on the same farm where I lived with my folks. I was three years old at the time, and the dog and I became quite close,” says Carroll Johnson of Frankfort, Indiana.

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Mail call

One of the boys in his jeep patrol captured Jon Holden, of Jacksonville, North Carolina, and his pal Minka enjoying mail call. Jon notes that he also named the jeep Minka. See if you can guess the dog breed based on its puppy picture.

PalmsCourtesy Mary W. Martin/Reminisce

Puppies for everyone

“I didn’t have many toys as a child, but I had nine brothers, four sisters, and lots of animals to play with on our farm near Ephrata, Pennsylvania,” says Mary W. Martin. “With this group of puppies in 1949, we didn’t even have to share, because there were enough for everyone—with a few extras!”

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Look at the camera

Charles Terry, of Elgin, Illinois, holds the leash of his dog, Rush, in this 1927 photo with his pal, Fred Durk (sitting). If these pictures make you want to get a dog, here's how to pick the right breed for you.

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Apple picking pup

“Taken in 1957, this picture brings back fond memories of apple picking,” says Dolores Miller of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. “That’s my late husband, Jim Miller, with our dog Teddy, who loved to climb the ladder and visit.”

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Corky the farm dog

Animals cared for by veterinarian Roy Kemper and his daughter Anita Kemper Calk, now of Silver Valley, Texas, included Corky the farm dog. These are the most (and least) expensive dogs in the world.

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Winter days on the farm

“Our dog, Rex, got atop bales of straw with our children, Gregory, Kevin, and Paula, on a chilly day in the early 1960s,” said Barbara and Walter Mohr of Millington, Michigan. “The slide was taken on the family farm near Otter Lake. That’s Grandpa Mohr’s 1955 Chevrolet pickup truck.” If you've ever owned a dog, these cartoons will make you chuckle.

Courtesy Beatrice Lehman Henriott/Reminisce

Protective puppy

“My dog, Patsy, was very protective of me,” says Beatrice Lehman Henriott of Knox, Indiana. “If anyone pretended to harm me, Patsy would growl and bare her teeth. She’s on guard duty in this 1932 photo.”

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Originally Published in Reminisce