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.

Peggy Frezon with her husband Mike, and her therapy dog Ernest. Photo by Roy Gumpel

A Golden Retriever Helped Her Handle Her Panic Attack

She’d trained Ernest as a therapy dog, but now she needed his help with her anxiety.

Army veteran and service dog trariner Christy Gardner

An Army Veteran and Her Service Dog, Moxie

Christy Gardner, who was injured while on active duty overseas, shares how she came to be paired with her service dog and the vital role that Moxie plays in her life.

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Dog trainer Peggy Frezon

A Dog Trainer Shares How Therapy Benefits Those with Anxiety

Peggy Frezon shares how she came to be inspired to train therapy dogs and offers tips on how to deal with anxiety.

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These Working Animals Wow Us

These Working Animals Wow Us

These animals have a job to do. 

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Anna with Bear

One Couple's Puppy Rescue Mission

She wanted to rescue the dog that had comforted her husband while he served in Afghanistan, but how could a college student possibly raise the necessary money?

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Franklin, Vincent and Xavier the therapy rats.

She Trains Rats to Become Therapy Animals

The smart and social rodents comfort seniors and students alike. 

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Rachel, Wesley and Josie

Could a Dog Help Her Son With Autism?

She feared she was not up to raising a special-needs child, but a heaven-sent Aussiedoodle puppy stepped up to lend a hand.

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Andy, Rachel, Wesley and Josie (from right to left)

How a Dog Helped Her Son with Autism

Rachel Webb Turner shares how bringing a dog into her home enabled her son Wesley, who has autism, to connect with the world around him.

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Spencer Roost and his dog, Moon

Meet the Dog Who Saw Him Through Recovery from a Brain Hemorrhage

Spencer Pickell discusses the role his dog, Moon, played in Spencer's long and difficult recovery from a brain hemorrhage.

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Therapy Dog International cerifciation. Photo by Roy Gumpel

Love on a Leash

Therapy dogs can help lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety for people in settings like schools and hospitals. 

David with wife Jenny and son Dax in 2013

How a Rescue Dog Gave This Veteran a New Purpose

Air Force Veteran David Sharpe struggled with depression and PTSD, until an adopted dog changed his life—and inspired him to help others

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Dot and Trouper hanging out at the beach.

How Trouper the Raccoon Changed Her Life

This animal rehabber has rescued many creatures before, but this raccoon was different. 

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Wally the alligator and his caretaker.

Meet Wally, the Emotional Support Alligator

The five-foot-long alligator enjoys watching television, rummaging the kitchen cupboard and bringing joy to others.

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Celebrating 10 Years of Magic, The Therapy Horse

Celebrating 10 Years of Magic, The Therapy Horse

This miniature horse has traveled the country, comforting families when they need it most.

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