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These two rescue pit bulls are just like any best friends — inseparable, loyal and sure to ham it up in front of the camera.

Mike Coffey told HuffPost that he and his wife, Brandi, adopted their blue-eyed pit bull, Flex Pride, two and a half years ago using Petfinder. The pup had been wandering the streets of Chicago. Keva Joy, the big kisser in that photo below, came into the family more recently.

“Flex is my best buddy and even stood with me as one of my best men at my wedding,” Coffey says. “Flex showed us what a pit bull is like and I have loved the breed since then.”

Keva joined the family “at a pretty low time in life,” says Coffey. “We had two fur-kids pass away in 13 days. Brandi and I were devastated. It was the first time I ever had to deal with this — but Flex was so sad as well. He completely shut down. He was not himself at all. He needed a buddy.”

Kiva (right) with Claude, one of the Coffeys’ foster dogs. Photo credit: Mike Coffey

This was about nine months ago. The Coffeys soon met Keva through a rescue group that took in the affectionate pit bull after she was found alone in Kansas City. As soon as the Coffeys saw her, it was clear that Keva was the buddy Flex needed.

“She ran right at you and immediately kissed you all over, only stopping long enough to smile, then start kissing you again,” Coffey says. “We brought her home and Flex took to her right away. She brought him out of his funk. More importantly, she made our family whole again.”

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Brandi Coffey and Flex share a tender moment in the sunshine. Photo credit: Mike Coffey

Since then, there have been a ton of smooches, a heap of goofiness and loads of laughs, plus a couple more foster dogs through 4 Paws 4 Rescue, the group that first shared on Facebook the magical photo of Flex and Keva above.

And through all that, Coffey says, he has discovered new meaning in his life.

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Mike Coffey snuggles up with Flex Pride. Photo credit: Mike Coffey

“Rescue is full of hard times for sure, yet it is the most rewarding thing we do,” says Coffey. “I, personally, had wondered for a long time what I was meant to do. It wasn’t a certain job. I wasn’t here to save the world. I am here to help those animals who can’t help themselves.”

Did a dog change your life? Have another animal story to share? Get in touch at arin.greenwood@huffingtonpost.com!

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