08/28/2012 01:46 pm ET Updated Sep 14, 2012

Animals Hugging Humans: 19 Adorable Animal-Human Embraces (PHOTOS)

So, hugs are clearly awesome. (Unless you're this little girl, but that's another story). They're the perfect antidote to most of life's suckiness: heartbreak, unemployment, the bully in the playground, etc.

Now, take a warm and wonderful hug and multiply it by the joy-inducing quotient of a big, happy Labrador. What do you get? THE WORLD'S BEST HUG, OBVS. Examples here, here and here.

We've pulled some of our favorite photos of animal-human embraces. Try not to say 'aww' when you look through the gallery below.