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Jameson, Pug: "Jameson was such an expressive little boy. Our neighbors had a dog that would never stop barking, and on this particular day, that dog was barking for two hours straight. Jameson simply could not take it anymore. He made this face before burying his head and ears in the blankets." — Caitlin H.
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Foster, Papillon: "Once, we took him on vacation with us and snuck him into the hotel room. We were undetected until he slipped past us and we had to chase him through the hallways. A maid saw and told us there were no dogs allowed in the hotel, *wink wink.*" — Amy P.
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Abby, West Highland White Terrier: "Abby got under the deck one day and was covered in cobwebs and leaves. We called her our pirate!" — Mary F.
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Sydney, All-American Dog: "When Sydney was about four or five months old, I took her to a local dog park to help her get socialized. At one point, I looked over to see that she had ‘herded’ five Pugs into a tight circle and was holding them there. I guess the herding instinct was strong with her." — Stephanie D.
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Bear, Keeshond: "One day early on, Bear walked right up to our TV and intently watched a latino commercial. We soon found out he knew Spanish! We taught him English and he became bilingual." — Joyce K.
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Abby, All-American Dog: "One day, I took her for a car ride. She got in the passenger front door and walked across the seats to the driver's side. She turned around in the seat and accidentally honked the car horn with her butt. It scared her a little but all I could do was giggle. She then just looked at me through the window like, ‘Are you coming?’" — Samantha G.
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Kitkat, Yorkshire Terrier: "She had a pretty high jump for a tiny dog. My husband was cooking and had a plate of partially cooked chicken on the table. He turned his back for a couple of minutes and in that time she managed to jump on the chair, grab the chicken off the table, and jump down. I will never forget the sight of this 7-pound dog with a bow running through the house with a giant chicken breast the size of her face in her mouth." — Kerryn F.
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Ludo, Great Dane: "On Thanksgiving, Ludo loved the mojo fried turkey so much that he decided to sneak into the kitchen and help himself to the carcass. We had to wrestle it out of his mouth." — Jahmila B.
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Albus, Borzoi: "Once, we were at a river park and he was playing with a Labrador Retriever. He must have forgotten himself because next thing I knew he was jumping out into the water like he was a professional dock dog! Unfortunately, he didn't actually know how to swim! My poor boy immediately regretted the decision as he scrambled to get back on the shore." — Erik F.
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Rollo, Dachshund: "Rollo was always clowning around. One time when I was on the scale, I thought I had gained extra weight until I turned around and realized he was standing on the back." — Denice R.
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Walter, Norfolk Terrier: "His favorite thing in the whole world was to chase squirrels. One day when walking him, he stopped short and maneuvered his way out of the harness and took off after a squirrel. Bystanders had to help me chase him down the boardwalk. At the time, I was so scared, but looking back, he was just trying to do what he loved most." — Alexa L.
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Cookie Dough, Papillon: "Cookie loved Lowe's...in particular, the flower section. One day, we didn't have time to go over to the garden section and Cookie looked so angry when he realized we were headed home. We felt so bad that we took him back within a few days." — Bridget R.
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Pippa, Cairn Terrier: "He hated thunderstorms. As soon as the winds started, he would burrow under our couch, but he would only go hips deep, leaving his tail completely exposed for us to see. It was a running joke to loudly say, 'Gee, I wonder where Pippa is...' And that exposed tail would start wagging!" — Jessica C.
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Gizmo, Japanese Chin: "Once in our neighborhood park, Gizmo was on a leash and ran after a squirrel. I let go of the leash knowing he couldn't catch it. Wrong! Gizmo did catch the squirrel and tried to kill it. I finally was able to grab Gizmo by his legs, and moments later, he let go of the squirrel." — Debra J.

In honor of Rainbow Bridge Remembrance Day on Aug. 28, we asked AKC readers to submit the funniest memories they have of their dearly departed dogs. What we got was a mix of hilarious, entertaining, and heartwarming stories about the pets that still hold a piece of their owners’ hearts. Scroll through the slideshow above to see a handful of the submissions we received. (Note: Stories have been edited for length and clarity.)

Losing a canine companion can be a very painful experience (and, in rare cases, actually cause a broken heart), but there are ways pet owners can cope with their grief. If you’re mourning the death of a dog, here are a few ways you can commemorate his life:

  • Place a headstone or garden stone in your yard.
  • Donate to an animal-related charity in your pet’s name.
  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter.
  • Plant a tree in your dog’s honor.
  • Scatter your canine companion’s ashes in his favorite outdoor spot.
  • Make a scrapbook of photos featuring your pup.
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