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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 in the Nixon White House

When the Nixon family moved into the White House, they arrived with two canine family members: Tricia’s Yorkshire terrier named Pasha, and Julie’s French poodle, Vicky. Another family dog arrived shortly after the inauguration, but the sentiment surrounding Nixon and this dog seems to have been obscured by a probably erroneous story being spun around 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

Chips, First Dog Sent Overseas in World War II

Chips was a mutt–a mix of German Shepherd, Collie, and Siberian Husky–living happily with the Edward Wren family in Pleasantville, New York when World War II began. The United States realized the worth of dogs on the battlefield after observing them in use by other countries during World War I, but at the start of Continue Reading

Poodles Against Hitler: A Canine Unit for World War II

Despite the success that European countries had with the dogs used during World War I, the U.S. government had never proceeded with organizing a canine unit for the military. When the country heard the news of what happened at Pearl Harbor, one woman was galvanized to take action. Alene Stern Erlanger (1894-1969) was a well-respected Continue Reading

The TSA Puppy Program: Creating Future Bomb Squads

In 1999, eight dogs–six females and two males–were obtained by the U.S. Department of Transportation from a bomb detection squad that was up and running in Australia. The plan was that the U.S. would also gear up for this type of transportation security. Two years later the program was kicked into high gear when Americans Continue Reading

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