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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

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

Working Dogs Kept Telephone Lines Open On Mount Rainier

Throughout history, working dogs have been important to working dogs, The use of sled dogs to keep communications open during winters on Mount Rainier is just one of many stories that could be told of well-trained working dogs. Early Exploration Located in Washington state southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier is the highest peak (14,4141 feet) Continue Reading

Diabetic Alert Dog Permits Teacher to Live Normally

Ija is a trained service dog (diabetic alert dog) who signals her owner when blood glucose levels are changing and then alerts her as to whether the levels are rising or falling so appropriate action can be taken. Ija has made it possible for teacher Lisa Loftis to live more easily with type 1 diabetes. Continue Reading

Sandy, the Canine Star of Broadway’s Little Orphan Annie

The story of how the first dog who played Sandy in Annie is as heartwarming and dramatic as the story of how little orphan Annie found a home with Daddy Warbucks in the musical version of her story. The story begins with the 1976 staging of Annie that took place at the well-known regional theater, Continue Reading

A July Salute to Military Dogs Like Cairo

The Dog Days of Summer 2014 kicks off just after July 4, telling America’s story through its dogs. This week it seems fitting to honor some of the military dogs who have served our country, and in the process of doing their duty, they have saved numerous American lives. On May 1, 2011 when Americans Continue Reading

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