51 Pets Lovingly Staring Into Their Owners’ Souls That Are Warming Everyone’s Hearts (New Pics)

We know it’s been a tough year, dear Pandas. But it’s time to start the healing process. And we hope this list, full of animals staring deep into their owners’ souls with love in their eyes, will bring a smile to your face and give you the energy to give it your all this week.

We’ve collected some of the most wholesome photos for you to enjoy from the very wholesome r/Catsmirin and r/DogsMirin subreddits (worth following, definitely), so go on and give each pet a gentle pet by clicking the upvote button next to the pics. Pssst, hey you, yeah you… you’ll find some more soul-gazing pets in Bored Panda's earlier post right over here. Go on, you know you need it in your life. (I gotta tell you that working on this article has done wonders for me!)

You’ll also find Bored Panda’s interview about how social pets are and how they respond to shifts in their owners' moods with the Arizona Humane Society below, so read on to learn something new!

#1 Just Rescued My Baby Girl From Being Put Down A Month Ago! Most Loving Dog I’ve Ever Known

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#2 She Loves Her Dad

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#3 Was Told To Post Rey Cuddling Up With Me On The Couch

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A representative of the Arizona Humane Society explained to Bored Panda that how we, the owners, act and behave can have a significant impact on our pets and their behavior.

“A few studies have found that pets can mirror their owner’s moods and can be sensitive to human’s feelings of stress and anxiety,” the AHS representative detailed that our furry little friends pick up on your body language, tone of voice, and other cues that can indicate our agitation.

#4 His Daughter Taught Him How To Take Selfies And This Is What The Result Was

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#5 Harlee Only Has Eyes For Her Dad, Not His Quesadilla

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#6 How She Looks At My Husband

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However, the pet expert told Bored Panda that we shouldn’t be worried too much about ‘infecting’ animals with our anxiety or feelings of stress. “Pet owners do not need to worry about this particularly, as pets are more of a social support for us just like we are social support for them.”

Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that we can do whatever we like without feeling responsible for our pets. The AHS rep said that we’re still in charge of our pets’ physical and mental healthcare that’s necessary for them to live long and happy lives, full of affection (and, hopefully, soul-piercing stares full of love).

#7 One Time I Got The Rare Double Mire

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#8 I'm In Love With Theses Eyes

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#9 Charlie Looking Up At Me

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“Giving our pets the physical and mental care they require, along with lots of love and safety will ensure a lifetime of reciprocated love and affection between our four-legged friends and their human family.”

#10 Max And I Have Been Together For 17 Years And He Still Tries To Guilt Me Into Feeding Him Early

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#11 I Call It “Mutual Mirin”

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#12 Lolita’s First Night At Home!

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Earlier, I spoke about bonding between cats and their owners with Dr. Kristyn Vitale from the Human-Animal Interaction Lab at Oregon State University. 

"Our research has demonstrated that pet cats can form stable, affectional attachment bonds with their owners,” Dr. Vitale told Bored Panda.

#13 Callisto Mirin My Husband. She Only Has Eyes For Him!

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#14 Delta Loves Her Dad! This Picture Just Cracks Me Up Haha

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#15 This Kind Stranger Just Wanted To Play, I Obliged Him And He Loved Me For It

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“The majority of cats have the capacity to use their owner as a source of comfort and security, especially when faced with stressful or unfamiliar situations. Our research has also shown that cats can be very social toward their owners, especially when their owner pays attention to them," Dr. Vitale said.

#16 Princess Betty And I Had Almost 16 Years Of Loving Gazes But This Is My Favorite

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#17 Koji; 12 Weeks Old And Already Mirin. I Love This Little Fellow

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#18 Stepdad Was Adamant That We Weren’t Getting A Dog. He Still Calls Her A Gremlin, But I Think Their Love Is Pretty Mutual

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However, there’s still plenty about cat-human bonds that’s still unclear. “Kittens aged 3-8 months and adult cats display secure bonds with their owners. However we don't yet know how long it usually takes for cats to forms bonds with their owners," the expert on animal bonding gave us an example.

#19 Abby Mirin Me While I Work

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#20 Mirin Daddy

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#21 Melt My Heart Why Don’t You!

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"We do know that at least in kittens, these bonds do not easily change. When we followed up with kittens, 81% of them displayed the same attachment type as they had previously (either secure or insecure). If a kitten was secure the first testing session, they were likely to be secure upon follow-up. Although we don't know how long these bonds take to form, they seem to be relatively stable once established.”

#22 He Turns Me Into A Puddle Every Day

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#23 I Originally Posted This On Another Subreddit. Was Told It'd Be A Good Fit Here

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#24 This Is My Favorite Picture Of Us. She Was My Best Friend

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According to Dr. Vitale, we can maintain the secure bonds that form with our pets by being receptive to them, especially during situations that are very stressful. “In humans, we know that attachment bonds can be impacted by how the caretaker handles negative experiences. So if you know that a stressful event is going to occur, such as if you are moving or taking the cat to the veterinarian, it is particularly important to remain calm and provide positive attention to your cat. This can help the cat continue to see you as a source of comfort and security."

#25 Adopted This Lil Guy A Few Weeks Ago, He Was The Last Of His Litter Adopted Because He Was So Shy. Now He Won’t Leave Me Alone!

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#26 He Loves His Daddy

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#27 We Knew She Was The One When She Started Mirin My Partner When We Visited Her. Getting Her In 1 Week And The Waiting Is Hard To Do!

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What’s the bond like between you and your pets, dear Pandas? Do they gaze into your soul with eyes full of love or do they just let you know that they’re hungry? Do you have any gorgeous photos of your pets to share with us and the other Readers? Drop us a line or share a photo in the comment section at the bottom.

#28 So Much Behind Those Eyes

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#29 My Perfect Girl

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#30 Got (Gay) Married A Year Ago Today. Here's Our Flower Pup 'Mirin Us Brides

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#31 I Was Told My Little Guy Needed To Be Here

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#32 Let A Mangy Stray Dog In From The Cold One Day, Years Later And She’s Never Stopped Looking At Me Like This

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#33 She Wiggles And Yips Incessantly... Until Her Uncle Is Holding Her

#34 A First, Cautious Mirin

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#35 I Don’t Deserve Her, To Be Honest

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#36 Mirin Or Begging??? The World Will Never Know

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#37 Heard Stella’s Look Of Love Belonged Here. She’s The Only Thing Getting Me Through This Breakup

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#38 Emma Mirin My Husband

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#39 My Pup Doing A Morning Mirin

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#40 I Think He Loves Me..?

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#41 My Puppy Mirin At A Mere 12 Weeks

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#42 Volunteered At The Local Shelter And Got To Meet This Sweet Baby

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#43 Simon, My Very Best Boy


#44 My Little Guy Arlo Likes To Stare At Me While I Work All Day Every Day

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#45 Stella Loves Long Walks, Cuddles, And ‘Miring Her Favorite Human

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#46 Husband Came Back Home After A Couple Days. This Is How The Cat Looked At Him While He Slept

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#47 Mirin While Being Rocked To Sleep

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#48 Tilly Mirin Me Her Human

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#49 Scout Likes To Cuddle Inside My Sweaters, But She Likes The View On The Outside Better

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#50 The Polar Vortex Has Been Hard On My Old Girl. It’s Currently 62 Degrees In Our House, So Domino’s Mirin My Body Heat And Early Monday Undereye Bags

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#51 Jaxx Loves His Daddy!

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