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

National Mutt Day Advocates for Mixed Breed Shelter Dogs

National Mutt Day, celebrated on July 31, was created by animal advocate, author, and editor Colleen Paige to raise awareness of the number of mixed... continue »

Working Dogs Kept Telephone Lines Open on Mount Rainier

Throughout history, working dogs have been important to civilization. The use of sled dogs to keep communications open during winters on Mount Rainier is just... continue »

Gold Rush Dogs Traveled via Shipboard

Dogs were very much a part of the California gold rush.   While it is easy to see how dogs would be brought along by hopeful... continue »

The Clinton Pets, Buddy and Socks

Bill Clinton grew up with dogs, so it was only natural that at some point the Clintons would add a dog to their family.  The... continue »

Roosevelt Dog, Blaze, Makes News

Blaze, a 130-lb. English bullmastiff that Colonel Elliott Roosevelt (1910-1990) acquired in Europe during World War II, needed to get back to the United States. ... continue »

Dog Jack, Mascot and Volunteer for the Union

Jack, a young mastiff, was to become one of the best-known mascots of the Civil War because his story was reported by a reporter with... continue »

The Carter Family and Amy’s Dog, Grits

Amy Carter was age 9 when the Carter family moved into the White House. The family arrived with Amy’s Siamese cat, Misty Malarkey Ying Yang. ... continue »

Sandy, the Canine Star of Broadway’s Little Orphan Annie

The story of how the first dog who played Sandy in Annie is as dramatic and heartwarming as the story of how little orphan Annie... continue »

Dogs, Dogs, Dogs: The Dog Days of Summer

In July and August, America Comes Alive presents true stories of American dogs that shed light on our American story because they open an interesting... continue »

Sinbad: Coast Guard Mascot

The story goes that in 1937 two Coast Guardsmen were returning to their ship, The U.S.S. George W. Campbell, that was at a dock in... continue »

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... continue »

Teaching Children to Read, With Help From Some Dogs

If you ever want proof that our country is made up of inspirational people, turn away from Congress and look around your own community. I... continue »