Celebrate National Pet Day With These 15 Amazing Cat and Dog Photos

April 11 is National Pet Day, and to celebrate, we're highlighting some of our readers' beloved animal companions with a gallery of reader-submitted photos. We receive so many wonderful pet photos every day, but these are the ones that stood out; they showcase incredible photography, adorable pets and amazing stories. We hope you enjoy the photos and that you take time to celebrate your pets — and all pets! — today.

Pet Photos With a "Wow" Factor

Dog with blue harness poses for picture.


It's hard to resist Boston Terrier Matilda's happy, smiling personality.

Dog at park during wildflower season.


Bodhi, a playful Labrador Retriever, enjoys an afternoon at his local dog park during wildflower season.

Dog at beach during the winter.


Even when there's snow on the ground, Diego, a Doberman Pinscher, loves living near the beach.

Cat sleeps next to flowers.


Max, a Domestic Shorthair, naps peacefully near some spring flowers. His owner refers to him as "living yard art."

Dog plays in tunnel.


Sammy, a Lhasa Apso, plays in a tunnel at his local dog park. 

Lab poses for picture.


Rescued yellow Labrador Retriever Jasper looks dashing in his red bandanna.

Cat looks out window with reflection.


Mia, a Turkish Angora, reflects as she watches the birds and squirrels outside.

Dog with multicolor bandana.


At 4 pounds, Makenna may be a small Yorkshire Terrier, but she makes a big difference. She is a therapy dog and enjoys making people feel better!
Therapy cat visits nursing home.


This Maine Coon, Nala, is a therapy cat who brings cheer to patients and staff alike when she visits nursing homes.

Dog in sweater in cornfield.


Maverick, a Pit Bull-Greyhound mix, looks extremely handsome all dressed up in his sweater and bowtie.

Dog on mountain top.


Nicoya, a Labrador Retriever, takes a break while hiking up Rocky Peak.

Cat with wide eyes poses for picture.


Nero is a stealthy Savannah, ready to pounce.

Dog with blue bandana sits for picture.


This Australian Cattle Dog, Little Bit, loves attention and treats — no wonder she's such a good model!

Dog in overgrown field.


Sanders, a German Shorthaired Pointer, pauses for a picture during a hike at Makoshika State Park.

Cat in black and white waiting for treats


With her mesmerizing eyes, Kittywampus the gray tabby cat looks like a feline supermodel.

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