Touching Tales

Good news and stories for pet guardians and animal lovers. This section also features animal rescue stories and “Thanks To Animals" profiles about animals who’ve earned our gratitude and awe. Each day, we’re profiling different stories, so keep connected – you’ll be grateful that you did.

No Dog Left Behind: Senior Dog Rescued After Family Moves Away

(PIT BULLS/DOG RESCUE) Would you be loyal enough to wait for your family if they left you? This devoted senior pup was abandoned at home after his family moved away. Luckily for him, his neighbors saw poor Stewie and knew they had to do something for the poor guy. Read on to find out about this faithful boy and his journey. -- Global Animal

A Sight For Sore Eyes: Rescue Kitten Gets Special Eyepatch

(KITTENS/ANIMAL RESCUE) It's all about how you accessorize! When a rescued kitten named Scar was born with a severe eye infection, Savannah Anos knew she had to help him. Though Scar barely survived the high-risk surgery, he's made a full recovery. But since he lost his left eye in the process, Savannah had an eyepatch custom-made for the little survivor. Little did she know, this patch would become a fixture in both of their lives. Read on to learn what Scar is up to now, and follow his one-eyed adventures on Instagram. -- Global Animal

Meet Penni The Persevering Pit Bull

(DOG ADOPTION/RESCUE PETS) Penni the pit bull had a rough start. For the first year and a half of her life, she was locked in a basement, abused by her owner. The abuse was so extensive that Penni was scared of absolutely everything, until she met a sweet guy named Blaine DeLuca. From the moment he first laid eyes on the despondent pup, he knew she was “the one.” Read on to find out more about Penni the pit bull's journey with Blaine, and their adventures yet to come. -- Global Animal

Oh Deer! Hero Dog Saves Drowning Fawn

(DOGS/ANIMAL RESCUE) NEW YORK -- A 6-year-old English Labrador retriever named Storm is making headlines after pulling a drowning baby deer to shore in Port Jefferson Harbor this past weekend. The heroic dog's guardian was taking Storm for a walk Sunday when the dog suddenly dove into the water, swam out toward the fawn, grabbed the animal by the neck, and then hauled the young deer back toward the beach--a moment that was luckily all caught on film (see video clip below). With the help of Strong Island Animal Rescue League, the fawn is currently in stable condition at Save the Animals Rescue Foundation. Thankfully, the animal is expected to make a full recovery and will eventually be returned to the wild. Continue reading below for more on this heartwarming story and the rescuers' tireless efforts to save one animal's life. -- Global Animal

Compassionate Crooner Calms Anxious Animals With Song

(TOUCHING TALES/PETS) They say "music calms the savage beast," and one virtuoso veterinarian in Colorado has proven it to be true. Meet Ross Henderson, DVM, of Fox Hollow Animal Hospital. With his tender heart and musical talents, he not only heals our furry friends, but he soothes their souls too! Read on to find out why the temporary residents at Fox Hollow are lucky to have this compassionate crooner on their side. -- Global Animal

Hair Extensions For Birds? Badly Burned Bird Gets Faux Feather Wings

(ANIMAL RESCUE/BIRDS) A rare Carnaby cockatoo was seriously burned last month after his feathered friend suddenly exploded as they sat on a power line. Luckily for this little survivor, Peter Ricci from the Perth Zoo reconstructed the bird’s feathers using glue and matchsticks in a process called ‘imping.’ While this cockatoo (an endangered species) was severely injured, he is expected to make a full recovery, with hopes of eventually being returned to the wild. Please read on to find out more on this interesting procedure and how it was performed. -- Global Animal

Can Felines Sense Fevers? Cat Caregiver Comforts Newborn Baby

(PETS & BABIES) When baby Sonny came into the world, he had a large fur family waiting for him. His two pup siblings welcomed him with open paws but Miss Mia, his cat sister, was weary. It took some time, but Mia fell in love and became Sonny's number one comforter. Read on to find out how this empathetic feline reacted when her favorite little one had a fever. Talk about a fantastic babysitter! -- Global Animal
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Boy Saves Deer From Watery Demise (GALLERY)

(WILDLIFE PICTURES/TOUCHING TALES) A wildlife photographer visiting Noakhali, Bangladesh, documented a boy's courageous endeavor to save a fawn in danger. Risking his own life to save the baby deer, Belal dove into a treacherous river, holding the deer above his head as the water overtook most of his body. Onlookers were terrified for the boy's safety and several were worried that he'd drown. Watch the heartwarming story unfold in the photo gallery below. — Global Animal

Dynamic Duo: How Our Four-Legged Friends Help Each Other

(ANIMAL FRIENDS/TOUCHING TALES) Sometimes good things happen without any explanation. Just six months before Hoshi the dog lost his eyes to glaucoma, his parents adopted Zen, a tiny pup in poor health. No one was sure if Zen would click with the blind pooch, but it turns out he was exactly what Hoshi needed—forming a miraculous and inexplicable bond. Read on to find out how Zen helped his new friend lead a normal life again. -- Global Animal

Everyone Deserves A Name & Chance: Penguin Learns How To Waddle Again

(WILDLIFE/ANIMAL RESCUE) Eric Stewart's ordinary bike ride turned into a life-saving opportunity when he came across a penguin in need along the coast of South Africa. The...

A Dog’s Devotion Lasts Forever

(DOGS/TOUCHING TALES) Hard times brought Negão and his guardian together, but how do you tell man’s best friend that his person is gone? The loyal companion to a homeless man who suddenly fell ill with a fatal infection, Negão still waits for his human outside of the hospital where he passed away. In fact, Negão hasn't left the hospital in 8 months in hopes his devoted human companion will walk out the door one day--serving as proof that a dog's devotion truly lasts forever. Read on to find out more on Negão, the most faithful pup around. -- Global Animal

Hook The Hero Dog Saves Woman From Approaching Train

(ANIMAL HEROES/DOGS) Meet Hook the hero dog. Hook is a registered service dog for Joyce Herman, who has difficulty hearing particularly when she's outside. One day, when she was crossing a busy intersection during rush hour, she was unable to hear a local train approaching from behind. Luckily, her 12-pound Chihuahua-Jack Russell mix successfully pulled her off the tracks, dodging the train by just inches. Given his heroic efforts, Hook is now a finalist for this year's Hero Dog Awards, presented by the American Humane Association (AHA). Continue reading and watch the video clip below to learn more about Hook's heartwarming rescue. -- Global Animal

Where There’s Hope, There’s A Chance: Homeward Bound Dog Walks 111 Miles

(DOGS/LOST PETS/TOUCHING TALES) Sometimes our beloved four-legged friends appear in our lives when we need them the most. During challenging times, the love from these special souls can turn a person’s life around. This is what happened to Fielding Marshal until an ordinary hike became his worst nightmare. But Marshal and his beloved pooch Gonker didn't give up or let hundreds of miles break their everlasting bond. Read on to learn about Gonker's amazing journey and what a little love and hope can accomplish. -- Global Animal
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A Boy & His Dog: A Fur-ever Friendship

(DOGS/ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP) UNITED KINGDOM — One has a debilitating disease, and one has only three legs. Owen and Haatchi have an incredible friendship, yet one based on very strange circumstances. The bond between the little boy and his Anatolian Shepherd dog is truly inspiring. — Global Animal

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