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.

Kitty Stowaway Survives 45-Day Trip From China

(PET RESCUE) CANADA – Read how one rambunctious kitten went on the adventure of a lifetime when the cat was stowed away on a trip from China to Canada – and survived.

Equine Lovers Rescue Horses Headed For Slaughter

VANCOUVER-A desperate rancher forced to put his horses up for sale as animal meat finds there are more horse lovers than eaters.

Faith The Two-Legged Dog Makes Sergeant

USA - (VIDEO) A two-legged dog labrador-chow cross who has learned to walk upright has been made an honorary sergeant in the U.S. army for inspiring disabled war veterans. See a video of Faith, who's a favorite at army bases and hospitals, where she 'marches' around on her hind legs.

Big Mamas Come To Baby Elephant’s Rescue

(ANIMAL RESCUE/WILDLIFE VIDEO) When a baby elephant slips into a watering hole, it's not easy for the rest of the elephant family to get the little calf out. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, and these distressed female elephants pull out all the stops.  See how these gentle giants wield their trunks to rescue the young elephant. -- Global Animal

My Furry Valentine: The (Love) Story Behind The Lab And The Dolphin

(ANIMAL FRIENDSHIPS) Thousands of Global Animal readers, and the friends they've shared with, have watched the amazing video of Ben, the labrador, swimming and frolicking with his buddy, Duggie the Dolphin, off the coast of Ireland. We thought you might like the backstory on this unusual relationship. It's a tale of learning to love again and  the meaning of home. According to residents, when Duggie lost her dolphin mate in 2006, she stayed in the area off Ireland's Tory island where her partner died. Fortunately, Duggie soon met the seafaring labrador, Ben, and they've spent their days playing together ever since. When dolphin pods come by, Duggie visits with them for a while, then soon returns to her home and best friend. Can it get any more uplifting? – Global Animal

Dog Hangs Ten For Disabled Kids (Tissue Alert)

THANKS TO ANIMALS (VIDEO): Grab the tissues for this inspiring story. Meet Ricochet, the service dog turned 'surf-ice' dog, who's raised thousands of dollars with her amazing talent: surfing to help those who can't.

MY FURRY VALENTINE: Two Katrina Survivors Teach Love Is Blind

(ANIMAL FRIENDS) NEW ORLEANS - When Bobbi the dog and Bob Cat were found four months after Hurricane Katrina struck, rescuers noticed the two wouldn't leave each other's sides. Little did they know how important this kind dog was to the little cat. Now, their touching story is a children's book called, Two Bobbies. -- Global Animal

Courageous Dog Saves Boy From Angry Bees

(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) This dog faced down a swarm of angry bees to save his young guardian. What courage! -- Global Animal

Michael Vick’s Abused Dogs Get New Lives & Love

(PHOTO GALLERY) The pit bulls that were saved from quarterback Michael Vick's despicable dog fighting house of horrors endured the worst of humankind. But now, many are flourishing in happy environments, thanks to dedicated people who embody the best of human qualities. Check out this moving photo gallery.

Former Racehorses & Prisoners ‘Gentle’ Each Other

MARYLAND - A new prison program matches discarded racehorses on the fast track to the slaughterhouse with prisoners who are trained to 'gentle' the horses so they can be adopted. Read how the benefits of second chances go both ways...

MacGyver Would Approve: Police Officer’s Rescue Of Trapped Kitten

FLORIDA – Tampa Police officers use a bucket, a rope and a little ingenuity to rescue a kitten trapped in a storm drain.

Dog-napped Chihuahua Reunited With Owner

AUSTRALIA- The reward offered by the owner for the safe return of her stolen chihuahua: $5,000. The tears and kisses when they were reunited: Priceless.

Marines Rescue And Adopt Afghan Kittens

(SOLDIERS AND ANIMALS) AFGHANISTAN — Afghan kittens Kiki and Keykey have found a loving home with the U.S. Marines that rescued them. Real men do love animals! — Global Animal

Ratz! Leopard Duped By Baby Rodent

(FUNNY ANIMAL STORIES) A baby rat invades a leopard's home, and literally steals food from under the big cat's nose! Find out what happens next in this unusual cat and mouse-esque story! — Global Animal

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