7 Photos of Pets Then & Now That Will Melt Your Heart
updated 02/24/2014 AT 08:45 PM EST
•originally published 02/24/2014 AT 04:15 PM EST
Until we can figure out how to bottle up all that painfully cute youth and sniff it whenever we're having a bad day, here's the next best thing: 7 then-and-now photos of cats and dogs.
The shots of pets with their owners young and then old makes us crack the goofiest smile – and then swim in a pool of tears under our desks. Whoever decided that pets have to get old should be forced to watch Lassie reruns for the rest of their lives.