Today is National Pet Day, a day dedicated to celebrating your best friend.

Founded in 2006 by Colleen Paige, an animal welfare advocate, and pet and family lifestyle expert, this day honours our beloved furry companions and the joy they bring into our lives.

Daily Echo asked readers to send in their pictures of their companions.

More than 300 people sent in pictures of their best friends to celebrate the day.

We have selected some of our favourite images that were sent this morning on social media. 

From fluffy ferrets to long-haired tarantulas, residents of Dorset have sent it all.