We didn’t deserve them, but we needed them (Pictures: Credited below)
You don’t need us to tell you that things have been rubbish this year.
If there’s one thing that’s always there to cheer us up, though, it’s the sweet gift of dogs .
They’re not called man’s best friend for nothing, and have lightened the load with some funny moments and feats of bravery and loyalty.
Even if you don’t have a dog yourself, we’re sure you’ll agree that these ones are amazing and adorable.
Here are our top picks from 2020.
Dexter the musical dalmatian Dexter sings as well as tinkling the keys (Picture: Esther Mason / SWNS) ‘Britain’s naughtiest dog’ Cooper We shouldn’t laugh, but destructive Cooper doesn’t even look guilty (Picture: Jill Kirkham/SWNS) Rescued Lily-Mae’s pregnancy photoshoot Lily-Mae went from stray to photo shoot model (Picture: @shaunakiely_photography) These well-dressed elderly dogs The pups were dressed in old people clothes to help them get adopted (Picture: @flagler_humane_society) Maxine the corgi Maxine rides around New York in her owner Bryan’s backpack (Picture: Bryan Reisberg / SWNS.COM) Wilbur, the mayor of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky That’s Mr Mayor to you (Picture: Facebook) Joe Biden’s rescue dogs Champ and Major Major and Champ will be the first rescue dogs in the White House (Picture:@Drbiden/Instagram)
INTERESTING FACT ABOUT YOUR PET: The American Veterinary Dental Society states that 80% of Dogs and 70% of cats show signs of oral disease by age 3.
Gentle giant Hammer Although some people are scared of big dogs like Hammer, he proves some are big softies (Picture: vanessa___fernandes__) Surfer dude Rothstein He’s been riding the waves since he was a puppy (Picture: John Garcia / SWNS.COM) These curious fence-peekers An owner made holes in the fence so these sweet pups could say hello (Picture: Liltroubless/TikTok) Halloween king Toad Toad wore a different costume every day of October for Halloween (Picture: SWNS) All of this postie’s best dog pals On his rounds, this mailman met hundreds of friendly dogs (Picture: @carteiroamigodosanimais) Basketball star Lilo Proof that any dog can learn new tricks (Picture: @aircorg / SWNS.COM) Greedy Max who ate his lead There was a happy ending for this greedy chonk (Picture: PA) Cancer survivor and therapy dog Jeanie 13-year old, three legged Jeanie survived cancer, and now works as a therapy dog (Credits: SWNS.com) Formerly stray car company mascot Tucson Tucson hung around so much they let him stay (Picture: @tucson_prime) Silly blue whippet Bessie Bessie got into some paint (Picture: Twitter/ @sachab71) Goodest boy ever Niño Niño collects shopping for his shielding owner (Picture: Andalou) Sk8r boi Darrel Check out this cool guy (Picture: Hailey Adair / SWNS) Golden oldie August August just turned 20 this year, making her the world’s oldest golden retriever (Picture: Facebook/GoldHeartGoldenRetriever) Pampered pups Romeo and Reggie The duo have a wardrobe that cost more than £20,000 in total (Picture: Leone Galler) Excitable cat flap thief Jock
Find ways to enrich your pet’s environment. Your dog or cat needs your help to stay mentally stimulated. This is important not only to discourage destructive behavior in younger pets, but also to keep your older pet’s brain sharp.
Firefighters had to come to the rescue of a Staffordshire bull terrier after he got his head stuck in a cat flap (Picture: SWNS/North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue) CPR hero Pixie Pixie is so clever, she has learned to do CPR (Picture: Tania Butler / SWNS) Big poodles These huge poodles love playing with kids (Picture: tamanegi.qoo.riku) Sad isolation dog Big Poppa Someone hug Big Poppa NOW (Picture Rashida Ellis) Our favourite wine courier Soda Soda delivered wine to thirsty quarantiners earlier in the year (Picture: Stone House Urban Winery Ping, the little chihuahua that could Ping can now walk – after she was given a custom designed 3D printed bionic implant in her neck (Picture: Hamlilton Specialist Referrals) Coco the waving party pup Coco loves nothing better than standing on her hind legs (Picture: cocothemaltese/Instagram) Smiley Ducky Look at Ducky’s smile and feel your serotonin return (Picture: Gillian Louise) Record-holding bigmouth Finley That’s skills (Picture: finnyboymolloy) Grumpy Dog Chico’s underbite makes him look like a very angry boy (Picture: Kennedy News and Media) Lulu the vanishing pup Lulu before she lost her puppy fat (Picture: SWNS.com) Environmentalist queen Molly Molly has picked up hundreds of pieces of litter from her local beach (Picture: Fliss Cater / SWNS) Do you have a story you’d like to share? Get in touch at [email protected] . The Fix The daily lifestyle email from Metro.co.uk.Find out more