Love Stories Tag: holiday wishes 2016 winner

Chelsea + Cleo

In the summer of 2013, mice invaded our chicken coop. I don’t like mice. After having the wits scared out of me too many times, I sent my husband to adopt a cat. I had heard about cat adoptions happening in our small rural town and knew I wanted to… Read more »

Donaldson Kids + Cooper

My story starts simply: our kids love dogs. Our sweet lab, Buck, had been gone several years when our kids began asking on an ever-increasing basis if we could get another dog. “I’ll never ask for anything ever again,” promised Alex. “Come and see this PowerPoint presentation we made (‘Why… Read more »

Julie + Luna

On a Saturday in August 2013, my husband and I planned to run errands. We arrived at the local Petco to get food for our first rescue child, Brutus. Paws and Prayers Pet Rescue was holding a veteran’s adoption event in the parking lot. My husband is an Operation Iraqi… Read more »

Patty + Mokey

In 2007, after losing my 17-year-old black cat, I agreed to foster a litter of kittens from Town Cats of Morgan Hill to cheer up the household. “Only two or three,” I told the shelter. “No black kittens.” I ended up with six black kittens. They were born in a… Read more »

Jude + Lacey

Lacey, a 20-pound black and white spaniel mix, was on day eight at an overcrowded Los Angeles animal control facility. It was Lacey’s day to be euthanized. But a transport van from the Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society (SFASHS) pulled up and picked up all the dogs they… Read more »

Brock Marie + Hoxton

I never stopped being afraid of the boogeyman. So much so, that when we rebuilt the interior of our home two years ago, I refused to let our contractor put in closet doors. My bedroom closets are pleasant, well-lit little alcoves, where I can see all the way to the… Read more »

Mac + MayBelle

For 64 years, Mac McCrory was invincible. A self-proclaimed risk-taker with an appetite for adventure, this former U.S. Air Force jet pilot and survivor of two civilian plane crashes was seemingly indestructible, until May 2014, when a malfunction in his heart caused him to suffer a series of ischemic strokes…. Read more »

Jody + Service Dog Justice

My daughter Jody was born with epilepsy and was homeschooled because of her uncontrolled seizures. A doctor told us a service dog would help her lead a more productive life. A service dog, however, can cost $10,000 to $30,000, so Jody took classes for two years to learn to train a… Read more »

Cory + Bonnie

In 2012, my wife, Jessica, and I moved back to northern Michigan after spending eight years in the U.S. Army. Jessica and I were high school sweethearts and moving back home was a unanimous decision for both of us. During my time in the military, I was deployed in Iraq… Read more »

Erinne + Groucho

Many people say they rescued their pet. But Groucho, a pit bull, rescued our Erinne, who was 12-years-old at the time. Erinne has a terminal illness, Lou Gehrig’s disease for little kids, which slowly robs her of her ability to walk, sit up, feed herself, write her name and even… Read more »