Service Animals

Service animals bring gifts of safety and comfort to their owners. Dog service animals also give their owners the ability to move through their lives in ways that would otherwise be daunting, if not impossible. Whether it's dogs or cat service animals in your life, these creatures are to be treasured for their generous, loving hearts.

Norbert sitting on a sofa, waiting for his second treat.

Norbert's Second Treat

Norbert the therapy dog is an Internet sensation with almost a million followers on Facebook. In this popular video, watch this cuddly canine's reaction when he receives a well-earned second treat. 

Frida the rescue dog pictured in early September.

Frida the Rescue Dog Saved Lives in Mexico City

This canine went on a mission to find others in the destructive Mexico earthquake.

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Linda Rae and Trixie

A Dog, a Prisoner, and a Surprising Prayer Partner

A decision to visit a dog who had been trained by a prison inmate not only brought her a new canine companion, but also a treasured new prayer partner.

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Lucky Dog host Brandon McMillan and a canine friend

Brandon McMillan Trains Service Dogs for Disabled Veterans

Dog trainer Brandon McMillan, host of CBS-TV's Lucky Dog, on growing up in a circus, finding his calling, and why he trains dogs to help veterans

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Dog trainer and host of CBS's 'Lucky Dog' Brandon McMillan

Dog Trainer Brandon McMillan on Working with Service Dogs

Brandon McMillan, professional dog trainer and Emmy Award-winning host of CBS's Lucky Dog, shares how he got involved in the training of service dogs for returning veterans. Subscribe to Guideposts’ New Inspiring Pets Magazine ‘All Creatures’!

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Therapy Dogs Help Children with Autism at the Dentist

Therapy Dogs Help Children with Autism at the Dentist

For kids with autism, a trip to the dentist can be extra stressful. Here's how one office is making it fun.

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Jack, a Miniature Australian Shepherd who serves as a therapy dog for the seniors at Gulf Coast Village

Jack the Comfort Dog Brings Joy to Seniors

Meet Jack, a Miniature Australian Shepherd who serves as a therapy dog for the seniors at Gulf Coast Village,  a Volunteers of America-sponsored retirement community in Cape Coral, Florida.

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Lori Raineri and Daisy

How This Service Dog Came to Comfort Crime Victims

Find out why this dog always has her day in court.

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Lori Raineri and her dog, Daisy, who works as a comfort dog for crime victims

A Dog Named Daisy Brings Comfort to Crime Victims

Watch as Lori Raineri introduces her dog, Daisy, whose life's work takes place at the Yolo County, California, district attorney's office where she comforts crime victims, particularly children.

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Smoke and the Base Operations Section Marines at Camp al Taqqadum in Iraq

Bringing Smoke Home

Marines never leave anyone behind. Not even a donkey.

Tianna (left) and Gianna with their favorite friend, Carmella

This Differently Abled Rescue Dog Fit Her Family Perfectly

Her daughters, who both live with multiple disabilities, wanted a dog "just like us" for Christmas. But where in the world would she find such a pooch?

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Kate Parker-Egner's intuitive cat, Cotton

This Cat Senses When Someone Is at Risk of Suicide

A mental health counselor and cat fancier takes in a fifth feline, which proves to be unexpectedly invaluable to her practice.

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Wren and Beaux, a service dog specially trained for PTSD survivors

Leaning on His Best Friend in the Face of PTSD

Wren Thomas shares how his service dog, Beaux, has helped him cope with PTSD after Wren was kidnapped by Nigerian pirates.

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Laura Beebe with her canine guardian angel, Snow

The Puppy Who Helps Her Deal with Diabetes

She thought she couldn't handle a puppy. She never could have guessed how that dog would help her manage her diabetes.

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