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Rescue Dogs Bring Joy to Homebound Elderly

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 04.11.2014 | Impact
Helaina Hovitz

OK guys, be warned: this is one of the most heartwarming stories you'll read on National Pet Day.

Toddler And Dog With Same Brain Condition Find A Friend In Each Other

The Huffington Post | Megan Griffo | Posted 02.20.2014 | Good News

Dylan Lipton-Lesser is eager to walk his new friend, a 9-month-old rescue dog named Frank. Dylan, 2, and Frank, a Chihuahua-dachshund mix, met two...

Dear Marcy and Jackie: Don't Pay for Grades

Marcy Winograd | Posted 04.14.2014 | Education
Marcy Winograd

Parents of children who've participated in the R.E.A.D. dog program report that their children's reading level jumps and, best of all, their children love books and look forward to reading. Let us know how reading to the cats works out for you and your son.

Afghan Taliban Capture Coalition Military Dog

Dorian de Wind | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

When it comes to military working dogs, these magnificent creatures perform heroic acts, are honored for them and receive awards and decorations, are given "military ranks" and eventually retire from their faithful service.

Gunner The Dog Helps Iraq War Veteran 'Feel Human Again'

Richmond Times-Dispatch | Brandon Shulleeta | Posted 03.09.2014 | Good News

It's been seven years since retired Army Staff Sgt. Brian K. Pearce awoke from a two-month coma, wondering, "What the heck is (my wife) doing in Iraq?...

The Therapy Dog: Traveling Through Illness With Pups

Literally, Darling | Posted 02.11.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

The true comfort in my life with new limitations, constant medications, and treading through treatment and doctor appointments, does not always exist with the sunrise or the night sky, but rather, my little Beagle, always by my side, hogging the bed or demanding to be the little spoon as we snuggle until we are finally at rest.

Harley & Me: The Power of (a Dog's) Love

Tracy Strauss | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Tracy Strauss

I'm in therapy to cope with PTSD, which I have as a result of childhood sexual abuse. Harley is not a certified therapy dog -- he is simply my therapist's dog -- but he's been sitting in on my sessions for almost two years now. His presence is a comfort. But it wasn't always.

One Thing Stressed-Out Holiday Travelers Can Look Forward To At Airports

Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

Canine lovers, you might want to arrange your next travel layover for San Francisco. Starting this month, the city’s airport is introducing a squad ...

When a Therapy Dog Becomes Blind: Meet Dutchess, the Subject of a New Children's Book

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 02.03.2014 | Books
Jeryl Brunner

The golden retriever with the giant smile and giving heart continues to see the good in any situation and brings joy to others wherever she goes.

You Said You Were Thankful.. Here's How To Show It

Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact

It’s strange how on Thanksgiving we spend so much time thinking about what we are thankful for, only to seemingly forget most of the other 364 days ...

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 ...

WATCH: My Dog's Love Helps Me Through Cancer

Posted 10.11.2013 | Healthy Living

Anyone who has a pet knows that the relationship between animals and humans is truly special -- and no one can attest to that more than Jill Brzezinsk...

Therapy Dogs Providing Comfort at Washington Navy Yard

Dorian de Wind | Posted 11.27.2013 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

Plenty has been said and written about those wonderful, loyal and courageous animals, the Military Working Dogs. But these intelligent animals not ...

This Man Donated 170 Service Dogs To Vets!

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact

LOS ANGELES -- When Charlie Annenberg adopted an abandoned golden retriever named Lucky, a new breed of philanthropy was born. Lucky was 4 in 2001 ...

Teaching Children to Read--With Help from Some Dogs

Kate Kelly | Posted 09.17.2013 | Los Angeles
Kate Kelly

If you ever want proof that our country is made up of inspirational people, turn away from Congress and look around your own community.

LOOK: 'Stiggy's Dogs' Trains Companions For Veterans Living With PTSD

Posted 07.16.2013 | Good News

By Angela Lutz, Dogster The black-and-white Pit Bull mix named Major seemed an unlikely candidate for a service dog. Coming from a hoarding situati...

WATCH: Newtown Says Thank You To Therapy Dogs

Posted 06.26.2013 | Good News

A day after the Dec. 14 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, therapy dogs from all over the U.S. arrived to help begin the healing process. On...

Universities Call For Dogs Since Finals Are Super Stressful

AP | Posted 06.26.2013 | College

BOZEMAN, Mont. — At Montana State University, final exams stress is going to the dogs. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports ( ) Intermountain Th...

Ron Dicker

Newtown Therapy Dogs Head To Boston

HuffingtonPost.com | Ron Dicker | Posted 04.18.2013 | Good News

Good dogs! Therapy dogs that comforted the suffering in Newtown were on their way to do the same in Boston Tuesday night. A handful of golden re...

Aaron Sankin

Afraid Of Flying? Try This Unusual Remedy

HuffingtonPost.com | Aaron Sankin | Posted 02.09.2013 | San Francisco

Despite being statistically safer than driving on a mile-for-mile basis, getting in an airplane still makes lots of people nervous. Studies have s...

AMAZING High School Turns To Puppies For Stress Relief

AP | MARTHA IRVINE | Posted 02.01.2013 | Teen

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. -- The four-legged member of the counseling team at the high school in suburban Chicago waits patiently, as a crush of students f...

LOOK: This Will Make You Want To Go To Law School

Posted 01.29.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Law school isn't ordinarily this sweet and cuddly. On Wednesday, the Washington Humane Society will be bringing puppies and kittens t...

Dogs of Courage Book Offers Glimpse of Some Surprising Working Dogs

Lisa Rogak | Posted 03.13.2013 | Green
Lisa Rogak

While dogs are commonly adored as pets and lovable companions, they are also capable of becoming highly skilled at a variety of jobs that help humans in countless ways, some very surprising. Here are a few examples.

'Comfort Dogs' Welcome Students Back To Newtown School

Religion News Service | Solange De Santis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion

By Solange De Santis Religion News Service NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) As the children of Sandy Hook Elementary School returned to class on Thursday (Jan...