Pets

Those who have pets in their lives know the tremendous power of these healing animals to bring about feelings of peace, connection, and love. Cats, dogs, service animals, and other furry, scaly, or feathered friends provide companionship and so much more, just by being their adorable selves.

An artist's rendering of a goshawk in flight; Illustration by Christina Wald

This Heaven-Sent Bird Eased Her Worries

The rare Goshawk helped her rediscover the joys of nature—and distracted her from her Covid-19 anxiety.  

Kathy Norton and Harry at her home in Hahira, Georgia. Sept. 2020.

A Horse Helped Her Heal From the Death of Her Son

Caring for the troubled ‘Handsome Harry’ taught her how to accept God’s comfort.

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Lou Dean and her dogs, Tuck and Dell

The Incredible Bond She Formed with an Unexpected Pet

At almost 70, she thought she was too old for a puppy. Someone had other ideas.

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Chuck Avery training a dog

This Cancer Survivor is Giving Shelter Dogs a Second Chance at Life

Chuck Avery rehabilitates dogs with aggression and other behavioral issues.

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Summer play

Dreaming of Sun and Warmth and Longer Days

Ready to say “so long” to snow and cold and dreaded wintry mix

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Dog trainer Chuck Avery

A Dog Trainer Offers Tips on Training Difficult Dogs

Chuck Avery discusses his therapeutic approach to training dogs who have been emotionally and physically abused.

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Gracie and Edward relaxing

How a Dog Can Teach You to Live in the Present

There’s nothing like a napping pet to inspire serenity and spiritual equilibrium.

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Gracie and Edward in the woods

A Desperate Prayer for Trust and Patience Is Answered

After a frustrating effort to get the vaccine, some real hope emerges.

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Edward and Gracie in the woods

Finding the Antidote to Vaccine Frustration

After waiting in the bitter cold for a vaccine that didn’t arrive, this prayer proved the better option to blame and anger.

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A giant woodsman's peeking through pine trees; Illustration by Chris Wormell

A Woodsy Angel Helped Him Find the Perfect Solution

This heaven-sent dream helped him build the perfect dog house for the cold winter.  

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How This Heaven-Sent Sentence Gave Her Comfort

She had just lost her beloved family dog and was not sure her heart would ever heal. Until she received a special message…

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Julie Garmon and Clyde; photo by Michael  A. Schwarz

Her Dog's Injuries Taught Her a Lesson in Letting Go

When her beloved yellow Lab was hit by a car, she blamed herself. Could she cede control in a time of crisis?

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Edward Grinnan

If Memory Fades, What Happens in Our Dreams?

In researching a book about Alzheimer’s, some questions for God.

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Gracie and Edward in the woods

The Powerful Stories That Bring Us Together

How people overcome differences and reach common ground.

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