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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

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

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

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