21 Ways Our Dogs Steal Our Hearts All Year Long

<p> <em><a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/aww/comments/1i5l4a/some_dogs_are_never_too_big_to_hug/">Reddit/Bloomingmarvelous</a></em><span></span> </p>

We love our dogs all year round, but in honor of Valentine's Day, let's reflect on why it is that they're the absolute best.

Because of friendships ...


... however unlikely


Because of sharing special moments


Because of heroes ...


... and heroes in training


Because of rides to the dog park ...


... and rides home from the dog park


Because of hellos like this


And because of goodbyes like these


Because of getting dirty


And getting clean


Because of sleeping like this


And because of waking up like this


Because of big hugs


And little hugs


Because of role models


And reunions


Because of forgiveness


And thunderstorms


Because of second chances


And brand new beginnings


But mostly we love them because they're our best friends