Let's face it: Dogs and cats are better than humans. And many of us have had dogs or cats in our lives that left lasting impressions on us — so why not commemorate them with something just as permanent?

Oh yeah, we're talking about tattoos. Here are 48 small pawprint tattoo ideas to get you started:

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I'm about to make a pretty bold statement, but...

Buckle up for this.

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Let's face it.

It's a hard truth but I'm willing to say it.

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Dogs are better than humans.

That's right, I said it.

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So are cats.

Mhhhm, them, too.

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Like, WAY better.

You know I'm right.

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If you share this state of mind, chances are you've had your heart stolen by one of them.

Or a few of them.

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In which case, why not commemorate that love?

Oh yeah, you know what I mean.

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I'm talking about tattoos.

Just like this one.

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DOG TATTOOS.

Woof woof.

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Paw print tattoos are an especially cute tribute to your favorite furry friend.

White ink, anyone?

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And they don't even have to be that big.

Not even the size of a quarter.

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In fact, the tinier, the cuter.

Which makes this one very cute.

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Even better? Lace detailing.

*chef's kiss*

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Or animal silhouettes.

Meow.

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How about a little watercolor?

Nay, a whole rainbow of watercolors.

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White ink will get you an almost undetectable look.

All the more reason to go pointing it out to everyone.

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But a heartbeat is utterly sweet.

I'm not crying, you're crying.

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Minimalist to your core? Try an outline.

The best part? It'll be over in two minutes.

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Mix up that outline with some curly-cues.

Does it get cuter than this?

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Go the artsier route and opt for an uber realistic imprint.

This artist deserves every award.

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Don't shy away from a pop of your favorite color.

A neon one, for that matter.

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Or level the heck up with the entire color spectrum.

Now that's how it's done.

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Adding the name of your pet will make that much more special.

*sobs into my pillow*

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With small details, you can make a simple paw print entirely your own.

Take this dog/human combo for instance.

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You can also make ink unique to you with your placement choice.

This cotton candy dream looks great on the calf.

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The back of the ankle is a great place to start.

It can fall perfectly under the hem of your pants.

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Or for something a little less visible, the heel works, too.

The little initial, oh my god.

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If you want to get a little weird with it, take it to your toes.

Is that... the... ring toe?

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Better yet, the bottom of your toes.

Hehehehe, no one will ever know.

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Need something more noticeable? Collarbone ink sounds right up your alley.

Look at that cutesy little swirl!

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Or somewhere behind your ears.

Just don't forget to clean back there.

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Maybe you don't want anyone to see it, in which case, there's always the exact spot your bra will go.

It's a little ~sexier~ but ain't nothing wrong with that.

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Or the spot just above the hip bone.

Perfect for swimsuit season.

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But, of course, there's nothing wrong with the obvious choice.

I'm talking about the wrist tattoo.

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There's a reason people are getting wrist tattoos left and right.

This red one's a perfect example.

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It's one of the best and easily spotted places on the body for ink.

Jsut make sure not to go too close to the crease of the hand.

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It's the perfect blank canvas for your puppy love.

Ugh, so sweet.

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And if you're the dainty type, it's just the spot you're looking for.

So simple and still so dang cute.

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Because no matter how tiny, your tattoo will always be in your sight.

This one's heart detail is to die for.

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And if you need to hide it — well, that's what watches are for.

Or bracelets, whatever your thing is.

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But you get the point, yeah?

Love the swirl on this piece.

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Dog and cat tattoos are kind of the best.

Especially when they have mandalas inside of them.

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Scratch that "kind of" part.

This one would've hurt, but it must've been worth it.

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Putting a little paw print on your body is the perfect way to make a statement to the world.

Is that another heart? Eeep!

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That statement being, "get away from me unless you're my pet."

Just one of those paw pads is a heart, and that's some creative ish right there.

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And isn't that what all of us are thinking?

Don't lie to me, I know is it.

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Yeah, I thought so.

"Hello, tattoo parlor? You take walk-ins?"