Thursday, Feb. 20, is Love Your Pet day, the day to give your best buddy an extra hug and maybe an extra cookie.
The Humane Society of the United States says pet ownership in the U.S. has more than tripled from the 1970s, when about 67 million households had pets, to 2012, when there were 164 million owned pets.
That means in 2012, 62 percent of American households included at least one pet.
Pets improve our lives in many ways, from being a loving companion to helping us stay active and improving our health.
Celebrate Love Your Pet Day by posting a photo to the KING 5 Share It page and telling us all about your fuzzy buddy.
If you don't have a pet, maybe it's time to visit your local shelter and find your new best friend!