We Can't Get Enough of These Dancers and Their Dogs

Ricky Ubeda and Riot (via @rickyubeda11)

There's something extra heartwarming about the bond between dancers and their doggies. A companion who'll cuddle with you while you stretch, or sit patiently while you're warming up at the barre? I mean, that's pretty special. These four dog and dancer relationships prove dogs really are a dancer's best friend.

1. American Ballet Theatre's Lauren Post and Pickles

With a name like Pickles, how could this dog not be cute? ABT dancer Lauren Post brings him with her to physical therapy and even uses him in place of weights. You can follow more of Pickles' adventures on his own personal Instagram!

2. CATS star Ricky Ubeda and Riot

Ubeda openly calls Riot his best friend—this is one CATS cat who loves dogs. From professional photo shoots to candid beach adventures and #doodledates, as he calls them, these two are always having fun together.

4. Travis Wall and Theo Vincent

The inimitable Travis Wall adopted his golden retriever, Theo Vincent, when he was just a puppy. Now, he takes him on runs and to the beach—and he seems to be perfect company when Travis needs to unwind from his busy Shaping Sound and "SYTYCD" schedule.

3. New York City Ballet soloist Georgina Pazcoguin and Jett

NYCB soloist and CATS alum (another cat who loves dogs!) Georgina Pazcoguin frequently brings Jett, her 3-year-old Boykin Spaneil Mix, to rehearsals. The precious pup has even been known to watch the monitor in the dressing room at NYCB when Pazcoguin is rehearsing. Pazcoguin is also a supporter of the Best Friends Animal Society, encouraging others to adopt their dogs.

Annie Wermiel for the New York Post

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