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Love Stories

Eric & Jake The Search Dog

Jake was brought into the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha, wandering as a stray. When staff noticed his fun energy and love for fetch, they thought he had the potential to assist in search and rescue. [petco-story-quote] Wilma Melville, founder of the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF), and Tim… Read more »

Jennifer & Service Dog Stryker

Stryker the Service Dog

When Jennifer DiLuzio came home after serving in Iraq, she began experiencing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) so a friend recommended she look into getting a service dog to help ease her symptoms and make life more manageable. That’s how she met Stryker. [petco-story-quote] As a member of the… Read more »

Denver Airport & Xeli the Therapy Cat

Because many have experienced the stress that comes from airport travel – running to catch a flight, making alternate plans for canceled flights, or passing the time during long layovers –  Denver International Airport opted to do something special to help ease travelers, and they recently added a unique member… Read more »

Cancer Survivor Helps Her Cat Fight the Disease

“Sammi is a quirky cat,” said Michele. “She rarely walks, she always has her tail up and zips around the house. She just makes me laugh.” Michele and her husband, Michael adopted Sammi in 2016 after her previous owner passed away. [petco-story-quote] Michele thought something might be wrong when Sammi… Read more »

No Distance is Too Far for Beloved Family Companion

Crystal met Baba Ganoush after he was abandoned in Jacksonville, Florida. They were immediately inseparable and when it was time for Crystal to move to Oak Harbor, Washington, Baba moved with her. [petco-story-quote] Baba had become Crystal’s loyal companion during her husband’s deployments. As a military spouse, she relied on… Read more »

Dog and Owner Help Each Other Overcome Cancer

When Chance was diagnosed with cancer at 12-years-old, Lauren knew what he was going through. More than a decade earlier, Chance had stood by Lauren as she fought and beat breast cancer. Lauren was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and Chance was her comfort throughout treatment. “He was a… Read more »

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 »