Welcome to America Comes Alive!, a site I created to share little-known stories of America's past. These stories are about Americans - people just like you - who have made a difference and changed the course of history. Look around the site and find what inspires you. Kate Kelly

American Dogs

The Dog Who Helps With Speech Therapy

When Jen Nance Yost became a speech pathologist six years ago, her first position involved working in a private pediatric practice. She never dreamed that... continue »

Brownie the Town Dog of Daytona Beach

The stray dog must have been about a year old when he wandered down Orange Avenue to Beach Street in Daytona Beach in 1940. The... continue »

President James Garfield and Dog Veto

President James Garfield (1831-1881) was a well-known and experienced politician when he became president... continue »

Wishbone, Dog TV Star

Wishbone, played by a Jack Russell terrier named Soccer (1988-2001), was the star of his own PBS Children’s Show that aired from 1995-2001. The idea... continue »

Smoky, Yorkshire Terrier and WWII War Dog

Smoky, a four-pound Yorkshire terrier, went to war by happenstance. She was found in New Guinea near... continue »

Jefferson Davis and his Dog Traveler

Confederate President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) acquired his dog, Traveler, during his retirement years. Immediately after the war, Jefferson Davis was on the run from Union... continue »

Retiring a Service Dog: Mary Hill, Indy and Britt

The bond between a person and his/her service dog is strong and special. They are a unit. They are a team. They are an almost inseparable... continue »

The Service Dog and the Professor

When chemistry students at Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California, enter their classroom with big smiles, one might presume their faces represent their enthusiasm for... continue »

Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall: Dog Lovers

Both Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall loved dogs. She was partial to cocker spaniels and had... continue »

Slate: Service Dog to Veterans

“Slate saved my life,” is the way John Wiesniewski describes having a service dog like Slate by his side every... continue »

Grover Cleveland’s Dogs and Other Pets

Grover Cleveland holds a unique place in American history. He is the only person... continue »

Confederate Dog in the Civil War: Sawbuck

Loyal dogs populated both armies in the Civil War. For every Union dog, there was... continue »