Pets are often our best friends

Love Your Pet Day: Here's 50 of your best pictures - including one or two surprises

February 20 is national Love Your Pet Day – the day every year when owners are encouraged to spoil their pets even more than usual, and show them how much they mean to their families.

We know how much our readers love their pets every day of the year, and asked on our Facebook page for them to share your favourites. Thanks to the hundreds of people who sent them in - so many we couldn't use them all. Here's 50 of our favourites.

Lottie is a five-month-old cockapoo who loves nothing better than taking it easy on her own cushion. Thanks to Rachel Watson for sending it in.

1. Lottie

Lottie is a five-month-old cockapoo who loves nothing better than taking it easy on her own cushion. Thanks to Rachel Watson for sending it in.
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Why do cats like a box so much? We don't know this one's name, but thanks to Sarah Emma Spooner for sending it in.

2. Cat in a box

Why do cats like a box so much? We don't know this one's name, but thanks to Sarah Emma Spooner for sending it in.
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Great minds think alike, here's my cat Lily, says Carole Mather.

3. Lily

Great minds think alike, here's my cat Lily, says Carole Mather.
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Ma wee Bertie, from Shona Stonely.

4. Bertie

Ma wee Bertie, from Shona Stonely.
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