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.
The two are forever bonded because of their shared tragedy. Through love and time, they were both able to find happiness and purpose again.

The Donkey That Saw Her Through Her Grief

When Robin Birdsong met Ronnie the donkey, she knew he was different than all the other animals she had saved. They had both lost a child. Robin knew exactly how Ronnie felt and she was determined to help him heal.

Petey the therapy dog in training.

Petey, a Therapy Dog in Training

In our print series “A Therapy Dog’s Journey,” columnist Peggy Frezon takes All Creatures readers along as her golden retriever, Petey, trains to become a certified therapy dog. Check out this video of the playful pup working on his skills in training class. Will he eventually pass the test? 

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Louise the rooster in a wheelchair.

Louise the Rooster Helps Others Build Confidence

A rooster in a wheelchair shows us that a little love and kindness goes a long way.

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DOG trains service dogs at Support Dogs, Inc. (SDI) in St. Louis, Missouri

Meet the Cat Helping to Train Service Dogs

D-O-G was a stray kitten before the trainers at Support Dogs Inc. decided to give him a home—and a job.

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Rufus the Therapy Dog

Rufus the Therapy Dog

Meet Rufus, the 2006 Westminster Kennel Club  "Best in Show" winner who has a new job, helping children in a big way.

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Love and Devotion: Linda wasn't sure if she would ever get a dog again.

The Inmate Service Dog Trainer

Would a companion dog trained by a prisoner work for her?

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Yvonne Moritz

How One Family Saved Their Horses from Hurricane Irma

With a hurricane bearing down on their West Palm Beach home, the Moritz family came up with an unusual way to protect their eight therapy horses.

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Harold and his loyal companion, Phelan

A Christmas Miracle in Bethlehem

A couple, a veteran and a dog come together in unlikely fashion at a Pennsylvania holiday arts and crafts festival.

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Dillie is best buds with black standard poodle, Willie, pictured here with Melanie’s husband, Steve.

Meet Dillie the Deer

When a three-day-old blind fawn was brought into veterinarian Melanie Butera’s emergency clinic in 2004, she feared the fragile creature wouldn't survive. Since then, Dillie the deer has captured the world’s attention.

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Louise the rooster loves people.

Therapy Chickens Are Helping People Across the Country

From stressed-out tech executives to seniors with dementia, more people are finding chickens make life better

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. 

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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.

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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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