Real Life Stories

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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    A California Wildfire Burned Everything This Rancher and His Family Had Built for Years

    After a wildfire swept through the land where his family raised their cattle for more than a century, a rancher takes a tour of what’s left—and what might come next.

    Everything I Know About Love, I’ve Learned from Dogs

    The dogs I owned weren’t all nice. In fact, some of them were beasts. But each one showed me what...

    This Day Care Leader Wrestled a Cougar That Tried to Attack Her Kids

    When a wild cat springs from the woods to prey on her young students, a day care owner instantly moves...

    After a Woman Rescued an Injured Swan, Strangers Helped Her Get the Bird Across the City to a Rehab ...

    This woman went above and beyond to save a swan in the Big Apple—and some passersby stopped to help.

    I Came Out After 20 Years of Marriage and Met the Love of My Life

    Larry Best thought he had the perfect love and the perfect marriage, but until he found his husband and soul...

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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...

    The Therapy Miniature Horse With a Magic Touch

    Gentle Carousel Miniature Horse Therapy has a menagerie of animals that provide comfort to those in need all over the...

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    When a Cryptic Stranger Lurked Toward Their Owner, These Mild-Mannered Dogs Sprang Into Guard Mode

    The normally affectionate pair weren’t going to let anyone threaten their pack.

    The Stray Cat Who Brought Home a Stray Cat

    People used to say that during the Great Depression, the needy would mark the doors of sympathetic households. I believe...

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    This Guardian Angel Cat Helped Save His Owner from a Life-Threatening Seizure

    A friend showed up at my door with a little black kitten, a barn cat from eastern Kentucky, as a...

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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.

    Meet One Family’s Blind Pet Deer and Her Seeing-Eye Poodle

    Willie is Dillie’s eyes, and Dillie is Willie’s whole heart.

    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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    How One Pig Became a Town Mascot, and the Best Friend She Made Along the Way

    Porkchop and Harley may have been two different species, but they had one big thing in common: snackin’.