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.

Dr. Marty Becker; photo credit: Eli Francovich/The Spokesman-Review

Dr. Becker’s Fear Free Tips for Pet Parents

The television veterinarian’s advice for helping your pet stay calm in stressful situations.

Michael and Honey in a vehicle; Photo credit: Keith Brauneis

How a Shelter Dog Became a Life-Saving Hero

After a horrific car accident, his cocker spaniel sought help for him. Would she find assistance in time?

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Dr. Marty Becker with QT Pi

Dr. Marty Becker's Tips for Fear-Free Pets

The author and veterinarian offers advice for helping your furry friend avoid fear and anxiety.

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Woman holding bulldog in inspiring stories of animals helping humans

Inspiring True Stories of Animals Helping Humans

From dogs to horses to alligators, these heaven-sent animals are here to lend us a helping hand.

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Rick Hamlin

The Importance of Taking Your Grandkids to Church

We can’t begin to know what our children will become, but we can share what matters to us.

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Edward and Gracie

In Grief, Not Fighting the Feelings

After the death of a spouse, the memories come flooding back. So do the emotions.

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Dr. Marty Becker with QT Pi; photo by Tailyr Irvine

Dr. Marty Becker: How Facing His Fears Made Him a Better Veterinarian

After coming to grips with his own painful past, the Good Morning America vet turned to helping animals cope with fear.

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Comforting a friend

The Incredible Power of Simply Being Present for a Friend

When someone you care about is struggling, a simple act, no words necessary, can help.

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Edward and Gracie

Finding Kindness and Care on the Streets of New York City

In grief and heartbreak, there’s grace where grace is needed.

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Erin's daughter, Aurora, at the Shire of Montana; photo courtesy Erin Janoso

A Lesson Learned During a Family Trip to a Hobbit House

It would be a magical anniversary trip in The Shire of Montana—as long as their daughter could follow the rules.

A cat with angel wings perched on a patio chair; Illustration by Christina Wald

An Unlikely Feline Friend Brought Heaven-Sent Comfort

Was the yellow-striped cat bringing a message from her husband who had recently died of a heart attack?

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Noelle Vorbau, 13, with her chickens in the backyard of her Los Altos, CA home.

How Chickens Brought Her Closer to Her Teenage Granddaughter

Nothing she tried seemed to break through her granddaughter’s wall of indifference. Then some feathered friends came along.

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Ryan Phillips and his wife Mallory with cows, Annie and Jenna

A Love Connection Thanks to the Farm Animals

It’s not often you hear a love story where the matchmaker moos.

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Mike and Peggy with their good boys, Pete (left) and Ernest

10 Tips for Every Pet Parent

How to build a healthy, loving relationship with your cat or dog.

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Edward Grinnan

After a Deep Loss, a Heartfelt Thank You

A note of appreciation for all the prayers and support in the wake of a wife’s death.

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Asia Pietrzyk's illustration of two friends waving at each other from afar

How to Rekindle a Friendship

The fine art of reaching out and reconnecting

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