A Trusted Friend in a Complicated World

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.

View More in:

Add Filter


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.


Tout icon

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’.


Tout icon

This Horse Went from Hiding in the Woods to Seeing Himself Out the Front Door

In 1980, my husband put a motor in a gentleman’s car. In exchange, we got a young, untrained horse.


Tout icon

The Girl and the Sheep Who Took the Town (and Homecoming Court) by Storm

Esther the sheep was loved as a daughter and treated as a queen.


Tout icon

This Desert Tortoise Puts the “Forever” in BFF

Our family has had a relationship with an ancient desert tortoise for over 50 years.


My Father-in-Law Had the Whole Family Select His Final Resting Place Before He Passed

When it came to selecting his final resting place, my father-in-law knew to scout the land he loved, with...

How the First Female Newscaster in Anchorage Kept the Town from Falling Apart During the Great Alask...

After the worst earthquake 
in North American history shocked Anchorage, Alaska, the city leaned on an unlikely savior to see...


Letter from the Editor: Searching for a Good Place

Do you live in a place where people really care?



This Woman Has Helped Over 400 Seniors Schedule Vaccine Appointments

She saw a need for help—and didn't hesitate to step up to the plate.


How the Dog Nobody Wanted for 17 Months Became a School’s Unofficial Mascot

When Higgins was found, he had been dumped on the side of the road and appeared aggressive—but with some TLC...


After My Son Fell Down a Waterfall, a Stranger Stepped in to Help Us

The incredible story of how a stranger's quick actions helped a mother through one of the most terrifying moments of...


This Biker Rode 1,426 Miles to Meet the Family of His Organ Donor

Her son’s organ donation 
saved his life. So he rode to meet her.


Meet the Pitbull Who Became Her Family’s Caretaker

"At that moment, Emmy Lou came up to me and put my whole wrist in her mouth. She was hugging...

After This Man Rescued a Cow from a Dairy Farm, the Two Developed the Most Unbelievable Friendship

Meet Ryan and his 1,000-pound bestie: Jenna the cow. She's brought joy to his life—and also brought him together...


How This Woman and Her Horse Made a Man’s Final Months Full of Life

A horse shunned by his herd gets rescued by a woman who understands his pain. Then they live, play, and—ultimately—grieve...


Tout icon

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.


Tout icon

How One “Hedgehog Lady” Reignited Her Sense of Purpose

When a baby hedgehog needed a home, this woman stepped in without hesitation.


Tout icon

This Rescue Dog Helps His Owner Nurse Baby Hummingbirds Back to Health

You don't have to be from the same species to be kindred spirits.

Inspiring Stories from People Who Found Their True Calling Halfway Through Life

Some people don’t 
find their true direction 
in life until they 
are halfway through it.


Tout icon

Nicest Places in America 2021

We're on a hunt for the Nicest Places in America!


These Are the 50 Nicest Places in America, According to Our Readers

This list of our 50 Nicest Places in 2020 came from over 1,000 stories sent to us by readers. Check...


Eating Army Food Brings Me Back to Some of the Best Times in My Childhood

Nothing says childhood to me like an Army combat ration—as my husband soon learned.


This Cop Can Recall Every Face He Has Ever Seen

Facial-recognition software identified one suspect of the 4,000 captured by security cameras during the 2011 London riots; Gary Collins identified...


The 50 Nicest Places in America in 2019

This list of our 50 Nicest Places in 2019 came from over 1,000 stories sent to us by readers.