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Funeral Therapy Dog Turns Sadness Into Smiles

HooplaHa | Posted 06.22.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

Sadness is no match for Lulu; a very special kind of therapy dog. Funerals are an extremely hard time for family and friends of lost loved ones. The B...

Celebrating Therapy Animals During National Pet Month

Jen Reeder | Posted 05.26.2016 | Impact
Jen Reeder

The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation in Washington, D.C. maintains a database of scientific research that demonstrates the health benefits of spending time with animals, such as lower blood pressure, reduced stress and depression, and increased odds of surviving a heart attack.

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.

This Dog Is Smart, But Please Stop Claiming He Can Read

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 02.15.2016 | Weird News

Dogs are wonderful, compassionate and incredibly smart creatures -- but probably can’t read printed English words. You might think they could, thou...

The Day Angie Earned Her Stripes: A Christmas Eve Tale of Love, Loss and Rescue

Lisa Goich-Andreadis | Posted 12.28.2015 | Books
Lisa Goich-Andreadis

The little dog with the satellite ears came to us from Los Angeles County's Lancaster Shelter. From the minute she placed her paws with the pink painted nails on the shelter bars and grabbed my finger, we knew we'd be taking her home.

Therapy Dogs Help Teach Elementary Students That Reading Isn't Ruff

The Huffington Post | Marielle Olentine | Posted 12.08.2015 | Good News

These first-graders at a local public school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, had something to talk about at their dinner tables this past week. The elementar...

WATCH: The Adventures of Sullivan the Therapy Dog

HooplaHa | Posted 01.21.2016 | Good News
HooplaHa

Do you ever wonder what it is like in the day of a therapy dog? They help so many different people in so many ways. In a new short series from HooplaHa and Inclusion Films, Sullivan's Travels, we get a pawsitively adorable look.

WATCH: Therapy Dogs Heal to Honor Late Sandy Hook Student

HooplaHa | Posted 10.14.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

Charlotte's passion and love for dogs has started this beautiful foundation. Charlotte's Litter functions in memory of Charlotte Bacon whose life was ...

Should Your Dog Go to Work?

Ellen Rohr | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Ellen Rohr

A dog downgrades your life on many levels. They chew, throw up, shed, harbor pestilence, track mud and poop, skid their butts across carpets and bark loudly during your webinars. You should bring your dog to work with you anyway.

Meet Gizmo, Healer of Hearts

Suzanne DeWitt Hall | Posted 08.14.2015 | Good News
Suzanne DeWitt Hall

Meet Gizmo, a 3.5-pound wonderdoglet on a mission to change the world one doggy hug at a time. During the very early stages of our journey, Gizmo exhibited a keen sense of people's emotions.

Our Rescue Dog Was The Addition To My Family I Never Knew We Needed

Stephanie Land | Posted 06.16.2016 | Divorce
 Stephanie Land

I'd tried to talk myself out of this many times. I knew this could go very, very badly in quite a number of ways. But I saw too much of myself in this dog. I knew what she needed. We had that understanding already.

Adorable Elevator-Riding Poodle Brings Joy To Nursing Home Residents

The Huffington Post | Katie Sola | Posted 04.17.2015 | Fifty

An employee's teacup poodle has become the perky mascot of a Minnesota nursing home, KARE 11 News reports. Despite a lack of formal training as a ...

Smiley, A Blind Therapy Dog, Perfectly Lives Up To His Name

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 03.12.2015 | Good News

Smiley the golden retriever knows better than anyone that love is blind. The 12-year-old pooch was born with a condition linked to dwarfism that --...

Non-Profit Matches Veterans With Therapy Dogs for Life Changing Support

HooplaHa | Posted 03.09.2015 | Good News
HooplaHa

K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service dogs to warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress and/or traumatic brain injury as a result of their military service (post 9/11).

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...

Pit Bull Mix Who Overcame Brutal Abuse And Inspired Animal Rights Law Honored With Hero Award

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.30.2014 | Good News

Scars from the past don't necessarily define the future. While the stories of all eight finalists for the American Humane Association's 2014 Americ...

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 ...

A Different Kind of Empathy

Laura Shumaker | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Laura Shumaker

I had just arrived home after one of saddest errands of my life, euthanizing our three-year-old Labrador Buddy, when the phone rang. I let it go as I was sobbing, and couldn't stop.

Goldstock: 400 Golden Retrievers Gather for One Weekend

Suz Redfearn | Posted 11.02.2014 | Good News
Suz Redfearn

Close your eyes and picture the smiling, fluffy bundle of mirth that is a golden retriever. Now picture 400 golden retrievers galloping across grassy fields to a long dock jutting into quiet lake and each dog launching him or herself into the water with gusto.

Religious Publishers Get A Boost With Animal Books

Religion News Service | Kimberly Winston | Posted 05.20.2014 | Religion

(RNS) Ever since author John Grogan scored a megahit with 2005’s “Marley & Me,” publishers of all stripes have been looking for the next chart-t...

All The Kittens Want To Hug This Dog

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.19.2014 | Green

A lot of tiny kittens pass through one Maryland home. Eventually, they all end up with their arms around Conall the dog. "Lucas and I have fostered...

Hero Dog Shows Up Lassie, Uses iPhone To Call 911 And Save Owner's Life

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 05.13.2014 | Good News

Move over, Lassie -- there's a new dog in town. And he knows how to use an iPhone. Meet Major, a Labrador retriever pit bull mix, who spends his da...

Therapy Dog Has An Important Message For Bo And Sunny Obama

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.05.2014 | Green

The Weather Channel has an official therapy dog. His name is Butler, and he has issued an open letter to Sunny and Bo Obama, the first family's Portug...

WATCH: Alzheimer's No Match For Man's Best Friend

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.28.2014 | Good News

Some of the best medicine comes with four legs and a wagging tail. Take this handsome dog, Roscoe, for instance. Roscoe has the incredible ability ...