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.

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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

Can Dogs Have Guardian Angels?

(RESCUE DOGS/PETS) Mojo may have short spine syndrome, but he certainly isn't short on love. This senior Border Collie mix lost his loving guardian after she fell terminally ill. Given that Mojo is already 10 years old with an extremely rare genetic disorder, finding him a new home wasn't going to be an easy task. In just two weeks, Mojo had three different caretakers. His journey could have been a sad one, but thankfully he had a guardian angel by his side. What happens to this sweet boy? Read on to find out. -- Global Animal

Kitty Kismet: Cat Reunites With Long Lost Brother

(CATS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Is there such a thing as kismet? Do the stars really align and make good things happen? You may want to ask Noah's Ark Animal Hospital in Connecticut. They were notified of an injured lost cat in a parking lot, so they took him in and nursed him back to health. The staff quickly fell in love with the cat--who they named Billy--and provided him with a new home at their facility. Three years later, something very special happened. Read on to learn more about Billy's unexpected family reunion and see if you believe kismet was the culprit. -- Global Animal

Meet Xander, The Blind Service Pug (GALLERY)

(DOGS/CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES) Xander may be the cutest, sweetest pug to ever grace this Earth. As a baby, Xander suffered from head trauma which resulted in him needing both of his eyes removed. Shortly after being adopted by his companion Rodeny Beeney, Beeney knew that Xander was destined to be a therapy dog. After adopting Xander, Beeney and his wife officially certified him as a service dog. Xander is proudly the only furry member on the Hospital Guild. He provides comfort to victims of child and spouse abuse, anyone who needs companionship, children who have a fear of dogs, and he often accompanies the Hands and Words are Not for Hurting group on school programs and various outings. Despite Xander's limitations, he continuously brings joy to anyone and everyone who has been blessed by his presence. Like Xander on Facebook and see his cuteness hard at work in this adorable gallery. — Global Animal
Greig is the proud father of ten elderly shelter dogs. Photo credit: Bored Panda

Age Is Just A Number: Lending A Helping Paw To Senior Dogs

(SENIOR DOGS/PET ADOPTION) There's no easy way to recover from the loss of a beloved pet. Steve Greig, however, has found a way to devote his life to the animals who need his love the most. Greig begins each day with 10 shelter dogs by his side, and he can't imagine anything more fulfilling. -- Global Animal

This Is No Bull! Jon Stewart Rescues Runaway Bull

(CELEBRITY ACTIVISTS/ANIMAL RESCUE) Jon Stewart has tackled a lot of political bull in his years as the The Daily Show host, but now the comedian-actor-activist has saved an actual bull. After an Angus bull destined for slaughter broke free from the livestock holding area at the Archer Halal Live Poultry on Friday, the runaway bull--cleverly named after Alcatraz escapee Frank Lee Morris--became an instant viral hit on social media. Thankfully for Stewart and his wife, who operate a 12-acre animal sanctuary, Bufflehead Farm in Middletown, New Jersey, quickly intervened to ensure the bull would be saved from slaughter, and safelty transported to his new home at the Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, New York. Read on and view the video clip below to learn more about this successful rescue story. -- Global Animal

Penguin Swims 5,000 Miles To Reunite With Man Who Saved His Life

(CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO/HUMAN ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP) This South American Magellanic penguin swims a whopping 5,000 miles every year to reunite with the man who saved his life. In 2011, retired bricklayer and part-time fisherman Joao Pereira de Souza, who lives in an island village outside Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, discovered the penguin covered in oil and near death. De Souza cleaned off the penguin’s feathers and fed him fish to build his strength, and when he tried to release the bird, whom he named Jinjing (or Dindim), back into the wild, he wouldn’t leave. “He stayed with me for 11 months and then, just after he changed his coat with new feathers, he disappeared,” de Souza said. A few months later, Dindim came back, spotting the fisherman on the beach before following him home. This has since become a tradition, where for the past five years, Dindim spends eight months of the year with de Souza before going back to the coast of Argentina and Chile. What loyalty! -- 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

Should Food Have A Personality?

(FARM ANIMALS/ANIMAL SANCTUARY) An estimated 58 billion animals are slaughtered for food annually worldwide. A very small number of those neglected and abused animals are rescued by Farm Sanctuary, an organization that gives these intelligent animals an opportunity to live out the rest of their lives with their friends and family. Read on to learn how Nikki the pig, one of the residents at the sanctuary, helped humans understand the unique personalities of animals, and check out Farm Sanctuary's website to learn what you can do to help farm animals. — Global Animal

Zoey & Jasper: A Best Friend Story (GALLERY)

(CUTE ANIMAL PICTURES/DOGS) There's never been a cuter friendship than the one between Jasper and his adopted dog Zoey. Zoey is a 7-year-old rescue mutt from Taiwan, Jasper is a 10-year-old Chinese-Korean baby boy living in Los Angeles, and these two are the best of friends. They do everything together, including play dress-up. Check out these adorable pictures of the two best friends and their insanely cute matching outfits.— Global Animal

Just A Boy And His Dog

(DOGS/ANIMAL FRIENDSHIP/CUTE ANIMAL VIDEO) This is the ultimate video about the bond between a boy and his dog. Watch as a two-year-old boy and his dog Toby spend the day together, being friends. How amazing is that? -- Global Animal
Judith Wakelam holding one of the birds that she rehabilitates. Photo credit: Anna Huix for the NY Times

As Free As A Bird: Rescue Birds Swiftly Return To The Wild

(WILDLIFE/BIRDS) Common swifts, a bird known for their long wings and speed, spend most of their lives in flight. This fragile yet agile creature can live for up to 20 years; however, if a baby swift lands on the ground after leaving the nest, the bird will most likely face death. Judith Wakelam, who has committed her life to the bird species, defies acts of nature by rehabilitating hurt baby swifts and releasing them back into the wild. Well-known for her abilities to rehabilitate this gentle bird, Wakelam rescues common swifts from vets, as well as the general public, from all over eastern England. Her talent and dedication prove crucial during the rehabilitation process, and Wakelam accounts how simply nursing a single swift to health can forever change one's outlook on wildlife conservation. Read the beautifully written essay below to enter the minds of animal rehabbers, and discover the wonder behind releasing a captive animal back into its natural home. —Global Animal

What My Pit Bull Means To Me (GALLERY)

(DOGS/PIT BULLS/DOG PICTURES) Pit bulls, like all dog breeds, are great companions. They are adorable, loving, and more than deserving of their own week of praise. But here, at Global Animal, every week is Pit Bull Week. Let these pit bull parents tell you how much their dog means to them in the heartwarming gallery below. One by one, these photos disprove the horrible stigma against this loving breed. — Global Animal

Barn Buds: Meet American Pharoah & His Sidekick Smokey

(ANIMAL FRIENDS/HORSES) After winning the 2015 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, American Pharoah is now the most famous horse in America. However, few know about his 6-year-old pony friend named Smokey, who serves as the thoroughbred's companion, calming the horse's nerves as he attempts to become the first Triple Crown winner in over three decades. In fact, companion ponies, or barn ponies, like Smokey are not uncommon in the horse racing world. But sometimes other species are just as effective at soothing nervy thoroughbreds. Take, for instance, Charlie the pig, who comforts a Belmont thoroughbred named Strong Impact, or Fudgie, a goat who comforts a number of horses in a nearby barn. Continue reading below for more on how these unlikely pairs became best buds. -- Global Animal

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