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You’ve got to read it to believe it! These true stories seem almost too good to be true, but we promise that we couldn’t make these up. From love to loss and from survival to unbelieavable coincidences—we’ve got the wildest stories to keep you informed, entertained, and inspired.

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My Favorite Neighbor Was a Golden Retriever

Jersey Girl wasn’t technically Karen Dickson’s dog, but their bond was nothing short of spectacular.

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After Their Son Passed Away, His Beloved Dog Served as Their Last Living Link to Him

Lucy was Eric’s dog first. After he passed, she became ours.


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A Cancer Survivor Finally Found the Perfect Dog to Adopt—Their Odds Were 50-1

Ryan was able to get through treatment because of his beloved dog, Kyra. When she passed, it was years before...


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This Dog Belonging to a Boarding School Teacher Taught a Few Lessons of His Own

Forty years ago, when I taught eighth grade at a boarding school in California, the headmaster somehow ended up with...



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Meet the Dog Who Saved a Nest of Baby Cardinals from her Brother

When this pup realized nature would put these baby birds’ lives at risk, she chose nurture.


The Dog Who Took Monarch Butterflies Under Her Wing

Bella made sure her caterpillars made it from pupa, to chrysalis, to the skies.


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Meet Floyd, the Adoptive Dogfather of Five

Floyd the farm dog has never turned a stray away.

1,000 Miles Couldn’t Keep this Dog and Her Pup Apart

A chance TV news spot reunited this bonded pair after a tragic separation.



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The Story of an Adopted Pet Dog Who Adopted His Own Pet Dog

Whoobie loved his owner so much, he thought it might be fun to have a little pet of his own.


How Blue, the Big Yella Fella, Helped Turned This Veteran’s Life Around

Military service and decades of humanitarian work left Robert MacPherson with PTSD. Blue helped him accept and overcome it.


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The Seeing-Eye Dog Who’s Always Ripe for a Challenge

I was at my lowest and things were only getting worse—then I met my service dog, Plum.

A Dog Was Trapped in a Cave for 30 Hours. It Took 8 Cavers to Find Him.

Buzzman the dog hadn't returned home for a few hours. Thinking it was unusual, his owner tracked his collar and...


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Heartwarming Photos of Veterans Reuniting with Their Service Dogs

Grab a tissue! You can't help but get all the feels when you read these stories of veterans who were...


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Why I Opened a “Retirement Home” for Senior Golden Retrievers

You can never have too many Golden Retrievers in your life, even if they're not all yours.


5 Times Adopting a Homeless Animal Saved the Owners’ Lives Too

Because pets are the emotional, physical, and spiritual gift we didn’t know we needed.


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A UPS Driver Rescued a Dog from a Frozen Pond Without Hesitation

He heard a cry for help and immediately tracked it down.


This Man Only Adopts “Unadoptable” Animals—And He Now Has 21 Pets

After the death of his beloved dog Wolfgang, Steve Greig started rescuing older dogs and giving them forever homes in...


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Service Dogs Who Saved the Life of Veterans

Suicide is an epidemic among veterans. Service dogs specially trained to work with veterans can help—and do.


This Dog Fell Off an 800-Foot Cliff—Weeks Later, He Was Found Alive

On a run in the 
Rocky Mountains, Eric Wagenknecht's dog, Merle, 
fell and was injured beyond hope. But he wasn’t...

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Two Bikers Discovered an Abandoned Dog—What They Did Next Saved His Life

When Jarrett Little and Chris Dixon were biking outside of town, they saw something they weren't expecting to see: a...


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Flight Attendant Makes It Her Mission to Reunite Service Dogs with the Soldiers Who Love Them

For one California-based flight attendant of more than 40 years, air time isn't limited to quickie work trips around the...


My Daughter Was Terrified of Dogs. Then We Met Henry.

Afraid of dogs? An old chubby beagle is the miracle cure.


A Story About Pretty Girl, the Stray Dog We Couldn’t Give Up On

Never give up on anything, least of all a dog.


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More Than 70,000 Dogs Live in America’s Research Labs. I Rescued One of Them.

More than 70,000 dogs live in America’s research laboratories. Now there are seven fewer.


After Unimaginable Cruelty, How Toefu Became a Dog Whisperer to Help Others

Can dogs learn from their misfortune? Here’s the story of Toefu the spaniel, who overcame her own abuse to help...