Feb.20, has the unique distinction of being called "Love your pet day," we asked our social media followers to provide us with photos of themselves and their pets, so we could add them to our blog. (Courtesy photo by Julia Eisenhower Gibbs )

Love Your Pet Day

by Staff Sgt. Jarrod Chavana
Air Force Public Affairs Agency

For many pet owners, their dog, cat, horse, or ferret is a true part of their family. On Love Your Pet Day, Feb. 20, we asked our social media followers to share photos of their special “fur babies” for this special Air Force pets blog.

We received so many photos that we can’t share them all. Here are a few of our favorites:

“Through all the turmoil & uncertainty that being in the Air Force for 15 years has brought us, it is our fur babies that have been the constant. They have always been there comforting & protecting us. Maggie passed away Feb. 19 and her remains are being spread at the base of Mount Rainier near her favorite campground.” – submitted by Laura Schreiber

Courtesy photo of Maggie submitted by Laura Schreiber

“This is Rebel. He’s the culmination of my lifelong dreams. The Air Force has provided us with many opportunities in the past three years. Having horses back in my life has been a treasured and unexpected one.” – submitted by Jaclyn Kent

Courtsey photo of Rebel submitted Jaclyn Kent

“This is my Friesian mare, Izabeau. A few years ago, I was finally stationed where I could have her with me. She is a very special girl. She was the first baby that was born on my family’s farm. Izabeau also helped me find out that I had stage one thyroid cancer and was a big part of my road to recovery.” – submitted by Tonya Wigger

Courtesy photo by Tonya Wigger

“Sasha means so much to me. I’ve struggled to really get into running my whole life, and this girl makes me so motivated to get moving. I could not ask for a better running and hiking partner in a dog. She is truly part of the family and is my best friend. There’s not much out there that beats the unconditional love of a great dog.”  – submitted by Samantha Rule

Courtesy photo by Samantha Rule

“This is Daphnie and after my wife and kids, she’s the best thing to ever happen to me.” – submitted by Barton Boma 

February 20 is love your pet day and we asked our Facebook fans to provide us with photos of their pets to be placed on our blog.

“Her name is Vinczi. We cook, clean and travel together.” – submitted by Karolina Biernacka

Courtesy photo by Karolina Biernacka

“This is Hayden. She’s very loving, playful, keeps us both entertained and on our toes. When she was little, she used to climb up my boots and ABU pants to sit on my lap… Just like this photo and she’s about six months old now. She’s a big part of our military family and we love her very much.” – submitted by Eric N Angelique

Feb.20, has the unique distinction of being called "Love your pet day," we asked our social media followers to provide us with photos of themselves and their pets, so we could add them to our blog.

“Her name is Athena. My world revolves around her EVERY day because she is mine….and I am hers!” – submitted by Mike Marsden

Feb.20, has the unique distinction of being called "Love your pet day," we asked our social media followers to provide us with photos of themselves and their pets, so we could add them to our blog.  (Courtesy photo by Mike Marsden )

“At first, our partnership was a learning curve…But, now we’ve really bonded. We really are a true team with an unbreakable bond. I trust this dog every day with my life. I could do this for years and I really hope to said,” Senior Airman Samantha Baker, a  380th Security Forces Squadron dog handler. – submitted by U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. April Lapetoda.

Senior Airman Samantha Baker gives her partner, Penny, a hug after successfully completing a training session. Baker is a military working dog handler deployed to the 380th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. April Lapetoda)

Thanks to everyone who submitted a photo!