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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

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

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