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

Rags: World War I Dog Hero

Rags, who became a World War I dog hero, was originally just a Rags with Sgt. Hickman who helped rescue him,... continue »

The Newfoundland That Belonged to President Grant’s Family

Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885) and his wife Julia moved into the White House with... continue »

25 Rescue Dogs’ Cross-Country Caravan from L.A. to Maine

What do you do if you run a dog rescue operation near Los Angeles and want to move... continue »

The Dog That Played Lassie

Lassie became a movie star despite starting life as a spirited, unwanted pup. In 1940 Rudd Weatherwax and his brother, Frank, had just started their... continue »

Gold Rush Dog: Nero

Nero was a big St. Bernard who became an important figure during the... continue »

Geronimo: A Mobility/Stability Dog

Geronimo is an elegant greyhound, weighing 80 pounds and standing hip-high to individuals of average height. He came to live with Linda and Mike Bates... continue »

Teacup Dogs Owned by President Franklin Pierce

Tea cup-sized dogs (or “sleeve” dogs, as they were called in the mid-nineteenth century) were a gift from Japan... continue »

A Hearing Dog Named Heather

Heather is a hearing dog that has changed the world for owner Jeanne Glass of Long Beach,... continue »

Strongheart: An Action-Adventure Star

Strongheart was the first dog “movie star” to appear in dramatic roles. The handsome German shepherd was fast and strong;... continue »

Dogs Make News

Dogs made the news regularly in times past. Two stories that took place within a couple of years of each other caught my attention: “Dog... continue »

George Tirebiter: USC Mascot

George Tirebiter, a scraggly mutt, had the good sense to wander onto the campus of the University of Southern California in the early 1940s. He... continue »

The Taco Bell Dog: Gidget

The Taco Bell dog, Gidget, was a 12-pound Chihuahua that was in the right place at the right time to become a big star. Taco... continue »