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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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The Quality Inn in Kodak, Tennessee

When icy temperatures this past winter froze Kodak, Tennessee, shutting power down and freezing pipes, Sean Patel, owner of the...


Renton, Washington

For most people, a free Christmas cheesecake would be a welcome surprise. But for Diane Dobson of Renton, Washington, it...


Nina and Doug’s House in Austin Hills, Texas

Chelsea Timmons was going through a year of transition: She quit her teaching career to deal with mental health issues...


The Sun and Moon Ranch in Lexington, North Carolina

In 1971, at just two years old, Shannan Hearne mounted a horse for the first time. She felt a deep...


Brooks, Georgia

When COVID-19 hit Brooks, Georgia, the first thing Angel Girard noticed in her neighborhood Facebook group, “Life in the Brooks...


Littleton, New Hampshire

The people of Littleton, New Hampshire can always find something to be glad about: their rich history, their beautiful countryside,...


Lake City, South Carolina

The quiet beauty of Lake City is typical for a South Carolina town: tidy small homes lining peaceful, leafy streets....


Sugar Land, Texas

When David Sebek and his business partner Tracie Whitacre opened Escape Again Rooms 20 years ago, they were glad to...

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...


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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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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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.