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Trained Therapy Dog Comforts Grieving Families During Funerals

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 06.28.2016 | Good News

For those going through times of grief, this pup offers her paw to hold. Lulu, a goldendoodle, is a "staff member" at Ballard-Durand Funeral & Cremat...

How a Service Dog Saved My Life

Stuart Sherman | Posted 04.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Stuart Sherman

Today, Swanson is my companion who looks to me for direction and who gets excited when she completes tasks. She infuses my heart with gratitude and her energy is contagious.

WATCH: Sullivan the Therapy Dog Helps Make Special Christmas Movie

HooplaHa | Posted 12.23.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

Therapy dogs help so many different people in so many ways. In this second installment in a new short series from HooplaHa and Inclusion Films, Sulliv...

Here's How A Dog Can Help Stop An Aspergers Meltdown

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living

"It's like a computer. There's too much input, there's not enough output, you lose control and you crash." That's what it feels like to have a melt...

Student Newspaper Story Leads To Therapy Dog's Removal From Residence Hall

College Media Matters | Posted 04.13.2015 | College

A feel-good report in the University of Rhode Island student newspaper about a longtime housekeeper and his beloved therapy dog has led to the dog’s...

My Friendship and Journey With Albert Maysles

Gayle Kirschenbaum | Posted 06.07.2015 | Fifty
Gayle Kirschenbaum

My friend, my supporter, my colleague -- whom I shared so many deeply personal stories with, as he shared stories of his life with me -- was leaving this world. I would no longer be able to call him, to see him or speak with him.

A Healer Is Discovered: Galen Comes Home

Belinda Williams | Posted 04.06.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

The last two weeks have been very eventful. At long last, I have Galen, a smooth coated, sable Shiloh Shepherd puppy. A friend and I drove to Arizona to pick him up and bring him home to Colorado.

My Two-Legged Dog's Journey From Egypt to New York to Kansas to a College Town in Pennsylvania

Domenick Scudera | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

Lucky is more than a dog; he is a symbol. For some, he is a symbol of resilience and perseverance, a canine "It Gets Better" story. For others, he is an affirmation of life and hope. To me, he is the best of what it means to be a dog: remaining positive, living in the moment, providing unconditional love.

Arin Greenwood

Pit Bull Discrimination Is Never OK -- Especially For A Superhero Therapy Dog

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 09.30.2014 | Green

Aladdin is such a superhero that an anonymous fan gave him a shiny green costume over the summer. "He loves dressing up. To him, that's a sign that...

Justice Department Challenges University Over Therapy Dog

USA Today | Posted 09.15.2014 | College

The U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Kent State University on Monday for violating the Fair Housing Act, according to The Plain Dealer ...

This Tiny Dog's Smart Tricks Will Knock Your Socks Off

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 07.29.2014 | Good News

Talk about wise beyond her years. Even though this adorable Yorkie, Misa Minnie, is only 1 and a half years old, the intelligence level of her tric...

Get Up Swinging: More Than a Pet

Lara Huffman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Women
Lara Huffman

Two days after we adopted Boomer, or she adopted us, my hair fell out. I stared at my reflection (and a crazy-looking woman looked back) for a couple of moments, and then I said aloud, "F*ck it. Go downstairs and cuddle your puppy."

How One Therapy Dog Touched A Whole Lot Of Lives

Posted 11.12.2013 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Morieka Johnson: Each year, 6 million to 8 million pets enter shelters and half are euthanized. This is the story of o...

This Dog Was The Cutest Service Member In WWII

Posted 10.17.2013 | Green

This is Smoky, a female Yorkshire Terrier that served in World War II. Taken on Biak Island, Indonesia in Sept. 1944. About 5,000 enemy soldiers we...

LAX Adds Therapy Dogs To Lower Airport Stress

Kate Kelly | Posted 10.26.2013 | Los Angeles
Kate Kelly

People were getting off their flights and moving toward exits for ground transportation, and they were thrilled to be greeted by friendly volunteers with happy four-legged tail-waggers in tow.

Disabled Girl's Dog Stolen Returned Overnight

Posted 04.16.2012 | Good News

A five-year-old girl born with disabilities is all smiles today after being reunited with her beloved service dog Millie, who was stolen two weeks ago...

Festus the Three-Legged Therapy Dog

Domenick Scudera | Posted 04.18.2012 | Good News
Domenick Scudera

My best friend is a three-legged dog named Festus. He may look a bit odd, but he is an inspiration. When Festus steps through the door of a hospital, he is greeted with incredible responses.

Miracle Dog

Domenick Scudera | Posted 01.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Domenick Scudera

Brian and I started receiving messages from concerned friends soon after this. They told us we were the only ones who could save this dog. We already have a house full of misfit animals, what's one more?

Pets Helping to Heal Our Nation's Vets

Wendy Diamond | Posted 06.27.2011 | Impact
Wendy Diamond

After witnessing atrocities taking place in the Middle East, some of our soldiers are coming home with PTSD. Many of these men are finding that Dave Sharpe's P2V program is just what the doctor ordered.

The Most Important Reason To Get A Dog Instead Of A Facelift

Robert Tornambe, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robert Tornambe, M.D.

The ability to volunteer with your loving animal to help another person who is sick, ailing or simply lonely is a special experience that I would like to share with you.

Baxter, The World's Oldest Working Therapy Dog Comforted The Dying

Janet Kinosian | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Janet Kinosian

As an end-of life therapy dog doing sensitive and compassionate end-of-life work, Baxter's job was to comfort those who lay dying while giving intimate aid to those on their transition from life to death.

BAXTER: The World's OLDEST End Of Life Therapy Dog Dies (VIDEO)

Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Baxter, the beloved therapy dog with his own Facebook page and book, Moments With Baxter, died at age 19 on Friday, October 16 after years of voluntee...