Friends and Family

What is a family? Sometimes your family includes friends who stand by you in every season of life. The heart of your family might also be your marriage, or the meaning and purpose you derive from parenting, caregiving, or even loving the pets who never let you down.
A Florida panther.

6 Animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark Project

For nearly three decades, photographer Joel Sartore has traveled the globe for National Geographic magazine. Joel has embarked on a new project: The National Geographic Photo Ark, a photographic archive of 12,000-plus animal species currently in human care. So far, he has captured images of 9,000 species.

Cody holding his feline friend, Nina.

Exactly the Cat This Military Family Needed

Several deployments later, and still mourning the loss of a cat, this family found the love of a pet again.

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The transport team arriving in Sterling.

These Volunteers Help Shelter Animals Find New Homes

They drive long distances to bring the animals to rescue partners across the country.

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Zenato underwater with a shark.

A Professional Diver's Mission to Help Sharks

This underwater scuba ranger does it all—even removing hooks from sharks’ mouths.

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Best dog, Petey, decked out in a bow tie bearing rings.

6 Ways to Include Pets in Your Wedding

Be mindful, realistic and prepared—and other tips to help you share the big day with your pet. 

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Joe and his dad, Jack

Guideposts Classics: Joe Buck on His Hero, His Father

In this story from November 2003, sports announcer Joe Buck recalls how a shared love of baseball allowed him to grow closer to his father, Hall of Fame baseball announcer Jack Buck, in Jack's final years.

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Pancake with her litter of kittens in a box.

Pancake the Cat's Easter Miracle

Their calico cat taught them about the importance of having faith that Easter morning.

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Ginger with the Collin's family in their home.

How Could They Find Their Lost Dog?

Their Dalmation disappeared after a tornado. Six years later, they had almost given up hope.

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Today show weatherman and co-anchor Al Roker with son Nick

Al Roker on the Joys of Fatherhood

The Today show weatherman and co-anchor discusses the challenges and rewards of parenting a special-needs child.

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The Today Show's Al Roker with his son, Nick

Al Roker on How Parenting a Special Needs Child Inspires Him

The Today show weatherman and co-host shares the joys and lessons he's learned from his son, Nick.

Edward Grinnan and his dog, Gracie

All God's Creatures, a New Devotional from Guideposts

Guideposts Editor-in-chief Edward Grinnan discusses the spiritual blessings that pets can bring to our lives and introduces the magazine's new annual devotional for animal lovers, All God's Creatures.

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A group of diverse senior friends hiking in the woods.

9 Simple Ways to Make Friends

Follow these practical tips to connect with new people and groups

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Courtesy of Les and Leslie Parrot

Partner Spotlight: A New Marriage Program from the Co-Founders of eHarmony

Marriage experts Les and Leslie Parrott hope their program Better Love can transform your marriage.

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Nanook the Wonder Dog

A Husky Who Rescues People in Alaska

Nanook is known to disappear for days at a time in the wilderness. He's got a good reason.

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