Pets have been working alongside their humans for centuries, but recently have they begun to make a name for themselves. From movies and guest appearances to full-fledged jobs, pets are becoming more and more successful every day. The days of leaving our pets at home are over.

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Check out the winners of the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest

The results of the annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest are in, continuing a 28-year tradition at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. While the name may imply they’re making fun of these pooches, they’re actually celebrating what makes each dog beautiful in their own special way. Including purebreds and mutts, many are rescues from shelters or puppy mills.

Pitbull brothers Darren & Phillip and the_blueboys fight breed specific legislation in pyjamas

Pitties in pyjamas, anyone?! Meet Darren and Phillip, two of the cutest Staffordshire Terriers to grace Instagram with their presence. They’ve got an entire wardrobe of adorably matching outfits, love peanut butter and bananas, and are deconstructing the menacing pitbull stereotype photo by photo.

Tommaso, a stray cat, inherits $13 million estate with properties spanning Italy from Maria Assunta

A classic rags to riches tale, a stray Roman cat, Tommaso was left a $13 million estate with properties spanning Italy. Maria Assunta was a 94 year old widow with no children, she was married to a successful Italian builder and owned an extensive property portfolio. She found Tommaso wandering the streets of Rome as a stray and took him in.

Harlow and Sage, a perpetually shocked Weimaraner, a million followers, merchandise line, and two books

Harlow, a perpetually shocked Weimaraner lives with her two sassy miniature wiener dog sisters, Indiana Thunderbolt and Reese Lightning. Due to popular demand with over a million Instagram followers, the three pups have their own merchandise line and two books. They also help their humans with the bills by doing an occasional sponsored post or meet and greet.

Puppy too friendly for police dog job, hired as government good boy instead

Gavel, a German Shepherd from Queensland, Australia, came from a proud pedigree of police puppers and was destined to also join the force. To become a furry officer of the law, you need discipline, bravery and when the situation calls for it, you need to be tough on criminals. In Gavel’s case, the police trainers found he was just too friendly to be taking down bad guys.

Marnie the Shih Tzu from rags to riches finds Internet fame now hangs with A-list celebrities

Marnie the Shih Tzu went from rags to riches after Shirley Braha adopted the senior from a shelter. Originally a Connecticut street dog, Marnie was in pretty rough shape. She had decaying teeth, an odor that would put New York alleyways to shame and was deaf and blind.

Crusoe the Wiener skyrockets to fame from Dog Blog in Crusoe’s voice

Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund skyrocketed to Internet fame after his owners, Ryan Beauchesne and Lauren Dionne, created a wildly popular Dog Blog written in Crusoe’s voice. Named after Robinson Crusoe, he’s got an affinity for the unknown, chasing down squirrels through uncharted territories and going on nationwide book tours. Credit: @crusoe_dachshund IG The Dog Blog keeps fans up to date on Crusoe’s ridiculously cute adventures, while also providing an online shop for swag.

Can haz art? Check Out Hunter The Painting Shiba Inu

This is Hunter, a black and tan shiba inu with a passion for painting. While we’ve nicknamed him Vincent van Doge, judging by his abstract expressionist style, he’s more of a Jackson Pollock with extra hair. Credit: IG Credit: IG Credit: IG Living in Alberta, Canada, his humans Kenny and Denise make sure Hunter always gets exercise, either physically or creatively.

Leanne Lauricella: From Successful New York City Event Planner to Creating Goats of Anarchy

Sometimes following your dreams leads you to a goat farm in New Jersey. For Leanne Lauricella leaving a successful career as a New York City event planner to become a goat farmer was the key to a fulfilled life. She traded in stilettos for gumboots and is happier than she’s ever been.

Top 5 Pitbull Rescues from the K9 Unit

Pitties have a bad rap, it’s no secret. Despite the misguided notion that they’re a dangerous breed the States has seen a recent surge in training and hiring pit bulls and other mixed-breed mutts from shelters for K9 Units, resulting in a diverse staff of motivated rescues. Credit: @aspca IG In recent years, pit bulls have been abused as fighting dogs and stereotyped as aggressive animals.