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.

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.

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.

Continue Reading
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. 

Continue Reading
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.

Continue Reading
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.

Continue Reading
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.

Continue Reading
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

Continue Reading
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’!

Continue Reading
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.

Continue Reading
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.

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.

Continue Reading
Lori Raineri and Daisy

How This Service Dog Came to Comfort Crime Victims

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

Continue Reading
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.

Continue Reading
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?

Continue Reading