After looking through my planner, I noticed that Monday (April 11) marked the 5th anniversary of taking home my dog Piper!

Every day I am thankful for my pets. I have a tabby cat named Caesar, and also my lab/collie mix Piper. Piper has been my best friend for the last 5 years now, and I cannot imagine my life without her.

I got Piper from a lady up by Hinckley, Minnesota when I was just 19. Piper was 6 months old at the time, and the picture above is of the first day I took her home. She was covered in ticks, had ringworm, and had never been in a car before. She threw up all over my back seat during the 2 hour car ride home, and refused to come outside with a leash on. There was a lot of work to be done with her, but I knew she would one day be an amazing dog. And I was right.

Ava Lynn, Townsquare Media

I have not met one person who didn't like Piper. She is sweet, kind and gentle. All she ever wants is attention, and my companionship.

Show us your favorite photos of your best friends! If only our pets knew how much they affect our lives with the love they send us in return!