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.

Lou Dean; Photo credit: Matthew Staver

Her Dream Forewarned Danger for Her Beloved Cat

The incident increased her faith and reminded her of the power of prayer.   

An illustration of a bird in front of a camera lens; Illustration by Christopher Buzelli

The Beautiful Birds Restored Her Hope In The Future

After a paralyzing accident, she was encouraged and inspired by the winged earth angels.  

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Charlie the beagle and Jack, one of his three human brothers

Saying Goodbye to Her Beloved Beagle

This dog had brought her family so much joy. There was one last thing she wanted to do for him.

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Senior cuddling with her dog

10 Blessings of Having a Pet Later in Life

Having an animal companion—such as a dog, guinea pig or turtle—can be rewarding at any age. 

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Gracie teaches Edward about forgiveness

What a Dog Can Teach Us About Forgiveness

Nursing a grudge is not good for friendship, much less a strong faith.

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Grace and Edward in the woods

How God Used My Dog to Teach Me a Lesson

We are urged by the Bible to wait on the Lord. But sometimes there are obstacles.

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Beth and Ross pose with Sunny, a petite goldendoodle; Photo courtesy: Beth Kingsley Hawkins

This Petite Puppy Saved His Life

How a small goldendoodle became the source of his physical activity.

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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.  

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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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An illustration of foxes, birds and squirrels in a forest; Illustration by Sylvie Fong

5 Inspiring Stories of Animal Angels

Birds, cats, dogs—and even a squirrel—can sometimes act as our angels on earth.

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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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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