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About: Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly

Kate Kelly is a writer and speaker and on her site, www.americacomesalive.com she tells little-known stories of American history. She is also the author of You Lucky Dog: From Homeless to Famous--True Stories of American Dogs.

Recent Posts by Kate Kelly

The Dogs of Ronald Reagan

Ronald and Nancy Reagan were definitely “animal people” and had several dogs. Before, during, and after the presidency (spanning from 1981-89), Ronald Reagan also was frequently seen on horseback, often accompanied by Nancy. In 1987, the press was nearby when he was in Nebraska about to go off on a ride and he left them Continue Reading

The Story of Toto/Terry

The 1939 film of The Wizard of Oz is memorable for many reasons, and one of them is certainly the presence of Dorothy’s adorable dog, Toto. How the dog came to be cast in the starring role is a perfect Hollywood story as it involves unkind, deadbeat owners, the rescue of the little dog by Continue Reading

Abraham Lincoln’s Dog, Fido

While living in Springfield, Illinois, the Lincoln family had several Lincoln’s animals including a dog named Fido (ca. 1855-1865). Fido was a yellow, mixed-breed dog who was said to accompany Lincoln when he went into town, sometimes carrying a parcel home from the market for Lincoln, or Fido would wait outside the barbershop while Lincoln Continue Reading

The Latest in Therapy Dogs: Calming Passengers at Airports

The very thought of going to the airport today brings up a feeling of dread in most of us—the stress of preparing for a trip, the inconvenience of going through security, the uncertainty of when your plane will actually leave if there are delays. In addition, there is the emotional stress of good-byes. Many travelers—including Continue Reading

Midnight Sun, A Remarkable Police Dog (1926)

Midnight Sun was a gorgeous German shepherd that became the hero of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, a small town in central Oklahoma. Midnight Sun’s claim to fame? He proved to be an excellent Midnight Sunpolice dog. Midnight Sun was a purebred German shepherd owned by a local oil man by the name of W.H. Gragg. Gragg frequently Continue Reading