Love Stories Tag: Holiday Wishes Winner

Dog’s Resilience Inspires a Boy, Enriches a Family

“I don’t want a dog!” I said these words for years. Being the mother of four children ranging in age from four to 12, I had no desire for more work on my plate. And yet, the begging and negotiating from my children was never-ending. Years went by and I… Read more »

“Bad” Dog Helps Woman Find the Good in Herself

Darla came to me when I needed her most. I had gone down a dark path for more than a decade. Drugs and a bad relationship. I had given up hope on myself and any chance of a good life right about the time I laid eyes on her. [petco-story-quote]… Read more »

Family Has Adopted Many Pets, but Only One Hero

The following is written by my daughter, Isabelle Koslin: I am very grateful that our lives are blessed by our animals. Animals are family to us. My mom, Heather Thomas, is always rescuing wild animals and strays from the streets. She has stopped traffic for not only cats and dogs,… Read more »

Beagle Mix Helps Runner Get Back on Her Feet

I’m an avid runner. Last year, I ended up suffering a herniated disc a few months before I was scheduled to run the Walt Disney World Marathon. I was upset and in constant pain, but I was trying to work through the injury with physical therapy and get back to… Read more »

Adopted Kittens Help Grieving Family Find Hope Again

2017: Birthday. Tears. Death. Life. Love. Sigh. In January, I canceled my son’s tenth birthday while my husband was lying in a hospital bed. In February, my two sons and I held each other as we sent their beloved papa to Heaven. In March, we said goodbye to our dog… Read more »

Young Dog Brings New Life to Senior Community

Victory Centre of Bartlett has always been a pet-friendly senior community and a big supporter of Anderson Animal Shelter. Our See Spot Retire companion program offers dogs a new lease on life and affords residents meaningful relationships, stress relief, and better overall health and wellness. When it came time to… Read more »

Tiny Puppy Teaches 10-Year-Old About Big Responsibility

This is a paper that Aimee’s 10-year-old daughter submitted for school on the topic: “Write about something that Impacted You.” A Dream Come True For two years, I have had a dream of getting a dog. My parents were not excited about the idea. They said I was not responsible… Read more »

Adopted Cat’s Love Grounds a Free Spirit

I have no children and no spouse. I don’t own anything. I have no work underlings. And I’ve enjoyed myself immensely. My life has been free of urgent responsibilities and full of fun, trips to see friends and family, good food, books, and TV. My work lets me indulge in one… Read more »

The Pup That Never Gave Up

A common refrain from our daughter consisted of: 1. a reminder of her three brothers, 2. the suffering they cause, and 3. thanks to the logic only an eight year old can pull off, the obvious solution: “My life would be so much better if we had a dog.” Agreed…. Read more »

Cat Transforms Couple Into a Family

Cats have become a big theme in our lives. Most gifts we receive are cat-related. Coworkers know that when we go home to “the kid,” it’s not a human child. This year’s holiday card features us and our cat wearing matching pajamas. We’re aware of how this all sounds. And yet our… Read more »