Friends and Family

Craig (left) tells the whole story of this Maine State Prison program

Training Service Dogs Gave Them a Second Chance at Life

As a prison guard he looked down on the veteran inmates. But then he learned how working with the dogs had changed them—and him.

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A angel mother cradling her child; Illustration by Orlando Hoetzel

God's Grace Helped Her Meet the Challenges of Special Needs Parenting

God helped her to be the best mother for her daughter with Down syndrome.

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Dog wrapped in a prayer blanket

Pet Prayer Blankets Are Offering Comfort to Animals in Need

Volunteers work on and pray over the no-sew blankets, which have comforted more than 3,000 animals.

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Keelie and her dog, Darla

How a Dog and a Hopeless Addict Helped Each Other Find New Purpose

Darla was the worst dog in the prison’s program. Keelie was an addict with no future. They both needed a second chance. 

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Kaleel Sakakeeny and a puppy pal

Grieving a Pet: How an Animal Chaplain Can Help You Heal

You don’t have to shoulder your loss alone. 

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Ken MacLeod working with client Nugget

Saturday Night Live's Ken MacLeod: From Set Designer to Dog Trainer

Whether he’s building sets for SNL or training dogs and their people, Ken MacLeod focuses on the positive.

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Ed Attanasio holding his Post-It artwork

Artist—and Stroke Survivor—Launches Pet Drawing Project to Support Animal Shelters

In one year, the campaign has gathered about $100,000 in donations.

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Katie Brown; photo courtesy Katie Brown

Everyday Blessings: Childlike Wonder

The home and gardening TV personality receives a gentle reminder from her daughter to slow down and take in God’s wonders.  

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Janet Paige Smith with her son, Laughlin; photo courtesy Janet Paige Smith.

A Life Lesson Learned from Her Son

She was focused on her son’s college graduation ceremony; he was focused on beginning life as an adult and protecting those he loved.

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Capt. Wendy Lawrence and father Vice Admiral William Lawrence; photo courtesy Wendy Lawrence

This Pioneering Astronaut Looked Up to Her War-Hero Dad

Growing up she barely knew her father. But his unshakeable faith through unspeakably tough times inspired her to reach for the stars.

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Illustration of a dog taking a break at the pit stop; Illustration by Coco Masuda

Someone Cares: A Puppy Pit Stop

Their pet friendly break area became a great way to connect with neighbors and other furry friends alike.

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An artist's rendering of Velma on a walk; illustration by Jackie Besteman

This People Pleaser Learned to Stand Up for Herself

She walked her neighbor’s dog as a favor, but it soon became a burden. How could she learn to say no?

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Kyle and Kristen Grigsby on their wedding day; Photo credit: Brad and Jen Photography

This Couple Found Each Other Through Their Dreams

Their mysterious dreams proved they were meant to be.

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Gracie in a church pew; Photo credit: Katie Canty

How a Church Cat Brought Happiness and Comfort

This heaven-sent feline touched the lives of everyone she met.

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