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

Thomas Jefferson’s Dogs

Dogs were initially held in poor esteem by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) when he was a young man.  In an era when most landowners kept livestock that... continue »

Bummer and Lazarus: Street Dogs and Friends

Bummer and Lazarus were stray dogs who wandered the streets of San Francisco in the 1860s, begging for handouts and patrolling the area for rats... continue »

WWII War Dog: Lucky, The Family Pet

At the start of World War II, the United States military had no There was no photo of Lucky in the... continue »

Roscoe (Fatty) Arbuckle’s Dog, Luke

Fatty Arbuckle’s dog, Luke, was one of the most talented stars of silent films.  In a day when camera tricks were technologically not possible, Luke... continue »

A Smart German Shepherd, 1927

A smart German shepherd was brought to public attention in the This is not Fellow but is a German shepherd of... continue »

Dogs of the Titanic: Three Who Survived

The fact that there were dogs traveling on the Titanic with their owners would come as no surprise to anyone who considers it. However, with... continue »

General George Custer and his Many Dogs

General George Custer loved his dogs, and he had many of them.  Throughout much of his military career, a good number of his dogs accompanied... continue »

Old Yeller Played by Spike, a Lab/Mastiff Mix

Old Yeller, or the dog that played Old Yeller, was a homeless dog found in a shelter in Van Nuys, California.  The dog’s real name... continue »

A Newfoundland in the White House with President Buchanan

The Newfoundland that had the run of the White House from 1857-1861 was the beloved pet of our 15th president, James Buchanan (1791-1868). The 170-pound... continue »

First War Dog to Carry Messages in World War I

The first war dog to carry messages for the Allies in World War I was a Belgian Sheepdog named Taki. The French military had begun... continue »

The German Shepherd: From Sheep Dog to Dog of Many Skills

The German shepherd is known today as a handsome, well-built dog with high intelligence and strong loyalty.  The breed has been used successfully as a... continue »

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... continue »