Kinship: it's not just about the bond you have with your friends and family.
Your pets are as important a part of your relationship with the world: they don't care whether you haven't put the bin out, or even that you're in a cranky mood - they explode with love and joy the minute you come into the room.
(With the possible exception of Grumpy Cat).
We asked our readers and HuffPost and AOL staff to name some of their pets and why they love them so much. Take a look and tweet us your pics!
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