We love our furry friends: Historical photos of people and their pets

In history, one constant has been the bond between humans and their pets. From ancient times to today, people have cherished their animal companions.

These photos offer a glimpse into that enduring connection. Join us as we explore snapshots from the past, revealing the timeless love shared between people and their furry friends.

Mark Twain in a rocking chair on a porch with his cat, Dublin, New Hampshire, September 1906

A dog in a tuba, 1940s

A cat nestled in a carrier during an air raid, 1941 

President Johnson in the pool with grandson Patrick and dog Yuki

Paparazzi surrounding Socks, Bill Clinton’s cat, c. 1992

Cats Blackie and Brownie Catching Squirts of Milk During Milking at Arch Badertscher’s dairy farm, Fresno, California, 1954 

Russian Soldier befriending a cat on the front line. Ca. 1941-1945.

The cat photographer, 1909

A girl and her cat, San Antonio, TX, 1939 

A lady feeding a homeless cat during World War II, Paris. 1939-1945.

Happy French Girl And Her Cat, 1959 

”Our Michael”, October 1938,

A man and his cat. Taken in Skibotn, Norway by Ismo Hölttö, 1967

French soldiers passing by a dog wearing googles and smoking a pipe, 1915

No Dog Biscuits Today. London, 1939

An Aboriginal Australian man with his prized hunting dog, 1950.

Pep, the dog who was sentenced to life in prison for killing Pennsylvania governor’s cat. 1924.

A young boy playing banjo with his dog, 1920. 

Abraham Lincoln’s beloved dog Fido – the first Presidential dog to be photographed

A scouting dog and a US Marine who is comfortably occupying a foxhole in Guam, during World War II, 1944

Dog with soldier equipment . 1939

A police officer and his dog riding a motorcycle c. 1930

Little girl and her pet toad at a pet show, Venice Beach, California, 1936. 

Actress Phyllis Gordon and her Pet Cheetah, 1939

Actress Tippi Hedren playing in the pool with her pet lion, Neil

Audrey Hepburn shopping with her pet deer “Ip” in Beverly Hills, CA, 1958.

An American soldier with a pet kangaroo, 1942

Dwarf Henry Behrens dances with his pet cat in the doorway of his Worthing home, 1956

Frida Kahlo, a Mexican painter, with one of her pet spider monkeys (Mexico 1944)

French starlet Philomene Toulouse with her pet fox. Cannes, France, May 1962

A young Kenyan woman holds her pet deer in Mombassa, March 1909.

Salvador Dalí walking his pet anteater in Paris, 1969

Nicholas II watching the Romanov family pet elephant bathe in a pond at Tsarskoe Selo c. 1910

A marine with his pet kitten in the Korean War, 1952

President Lyndon Baines Johnson playing with his pet beagle ‘Him’, 1965

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