I recently read an article in the Boston Globe that warmed my heart. An organization that helps homeless men get back on their feet discovered that some clients who had a hard time talking about their lives or reintegrating into society began to re-connect after discovering canine companionship. The group began fostering dogs who had also been homeless, and the bond between human and dog created some amazing breakthroughs. Many of the men began to get better, and the dogs, often traumatized, started to trust humans again and were adopted into "forever homes."
You can read the article here. It's nice to read something positive -- for humans and animals -- when there is so much tough news out there.