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Therapy Dogs

A Different Kind of Empathy

Laura Shumaker | Posted 09.08.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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...

This Therapy Dog Helps Troops Deal With Post-Traumatic Stress

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.08.2014 | Good News

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — After three deployments to Iraq and three to Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Dennis Swols is agitated, prone to bouts of anger and u...

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 04.26.2014 | 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 ...

This Paralyzed Pit Bull Brings A Message Of Perseverance To Patients

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 04.21.2014 | Good News

Therapy dogs are a wonderful part of the healing process for many patients, but Elsa, the paralyzed pit bull, is more than just furry comfort for the ...

Rescue Dogs Bring Joy to Homebound Elderly

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 06.11.2014 | 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 05.15.2014 | 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.