There’s no simple way to put it so I’ll just come right out and say it: dogs are the best.
In fact, at times, they are better than humans. (We once wrote a definitive list of the reasons why if you have any doubts…).
Watch the video playing above to see the bravest dogs in the world.
Our four-legged, often fluffy, friends serve a number of purposes: they inspire us to be 'responsible', they help us to leave our house and get some exercises.
They are often the ones we turn to when we've had a really, really bad day at work and just want to crawl into bed at 5:07pm and bingew-watch Orange Is The New Black for 17 hours.
Dogs never complain. Probably because they can't talk, but also because they are THE BEST. They just want love.
As long as you're providing snuggles, pats and yes, I'm not ashamed to say, kisses, they are all good.
Also, they are really really good at just helping you smile.
But sometimes, (wo)man's best friends go far beyond their normal, daily duties. Sometimes, dogs have gone where no human has dared to go, saving lives in the process.
Sometimes, dogs are truly su-paw-heroes.
Like the specially-trained assistance dogs who helped London emergency services search for survivors after the 24-storey Grenfell Tower caught fire, leaving at least 79 people dead.
This photo of the firepups who assisted the firemen at Grenfell Tower is the cutest thing I've ever seen. They even have dog fire boots on! pic.twitter.com/a2ufKuo4KJ
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) June 18, 2017
The dogs, lighter than human, were able to cover the most challenging - and yes, dangerous - areas, like the damaged higher floors of the building, to help find the missing and injured.
Dogs were used for similar purposes in the wake of 9/11. The last known surviving 9/11 Ground Zero search dog, Bretagne, was sadly farewelled last year at age 16.
Bretagne and other search and rescue dogs were deployed to find survivors for 12 hours a day for two weeks straight. The dogs found no survivors, but instead became 'therapy dogs' for their human counterparts during the emotionally exhausting task.
"Dogs can be so comforting, so it makes sense to me now," her owner, Denise Corliss, told CNN at the time of her beloved pet's death.
"I just didn't anticipate that, then."
— Mugs McGinnis (@duke1907) June 14, 2017
And dogs aren't only helpful in disaster situations, either. In everyday situations, dogs are doing their part to make the world a better and easier place to live in.
Like assistance dogs, who are specially trained to assist those living with a disability, like Guide Dogs of Hearing Dogs.
Or medical alert dogs, which can be trained to their 'alert' their owners of their conditions - like a diabetic's blood sugar level - before or as they occur.
Therapy dogs are also trained to provide a calming, affectionate presence to those in hospital, retirement homes, and even schools.
Some dogs truly go above and beyond their role as a loving family pet. And for that, we think they're paw-some.