Dog Tales: Heartwarming Dog Stories 

Readers share special stories about their favorite canine friends.

December 2017/January 2018
Reader Contributions

We were inundated with letters about your faithful canine companions after Editorial Director Hank Will wrote about his pack (“Living a Good Life,” August/September 2017). We wanted to include all of your stories, but had to narrow it down to a few of our favorites!


Photo by Valinda Mullin

Momma Marty

Marty is the most awesome and weirdest little dog, all in the same package. We found each other. I went to the animal shelter looking for a pet, and when I was just about to give up, I was asked if I’d ever considered adopting a small dog. I hadn’t, but I squatted down and waited to see what they’d send out to greet me … Marty! The bond was instant and mutual; he came right over and claimed me as his own.

Marty is a bit of a quirky dog. He doesn’t like bugs, and the buzzing of bees is something he struggles with daily, but he loves all kinds of babies. He’s always on baby watch around here with the goats, rabbits, and chickens. When we’re kidding goats, we have a monitor set up at the house that he can listen to. He alerts me at the slightest noise out of the ordinary. I don’t think he’s ever led me wrong. Marty is a fantastic farm dog. He adds something special to my life that I didn’t know I was missing, but I sure enjoy having him around now.