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

John Steinbeck’s Poodle, Charley

By 1960 John Steinbeck (1902-1968) had achieved both fame and fortune.  He and his third wife, Elaine, split their time primarily in New York City... continue »

The Dogs in the Nixon White House

Before beginning the report on the dogs of Richard Nixon, we have a White House Dog Bulletin: Bo has been joined by a 15-month-old Portuguese... continue »

Richard Nixon and the Checkers Speech, 1952

Richard Nixon’s name was connected with a dog, that of Checkers, long before he was in the White House. Today we’ll start with the story... continue »

The Latest in Therapy Dogs: Calming Passengers at Airports

The very thought of going to the airport today brings up a... continue »

Midnight Sun, A Remarkable Police Dog (1926)

Midnight Sun was a gorgeous German shepherd that became the hero of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, a small town in central Oklahoma.  Midnight Sun’s claim to fame?... continue »

The Truman Dogs

"If you want a friend in Washington," Harry Truman once said, "get a dog." He also said: “Children and dogs are as necessary to the... continue »

Hickory and Kemp, Two Seeing Eye Dogs Take Manhattan: A Love Story

“Noble and goofy” is how Lloyd Burlingame describes the two seeing eye dogs with which he has been partnered over the past fifteen years or... continue »

Groucho, a Patient Listener, Teaching Children to Read

Groucho is a yellow Labrador retriever owned by Josie Gavieres, who is the power between BARK Therapy Dogs based in Long Beach, California. When Josie’s... continue »

Whistle, A Very Important Service Dog

International Assistance Dog Week (August 4-10) to Honor All Who Raise, Train, and Fund Service Dogs Whistle, a Labrador/Golden Retriever mix, is owned by Marcie... continue »

World War I and a Remarkable Messenger Dog

During World War I, the United States had no canine corps, but once we entered the war, our troops were the beneficiaries of military dogs... continue »

A Champion Doberman Paves the Way for Dog-Friendly Hotels

In 1931 a Massachusetts executive, Colyar Dodson, was traveling to Russia on business. His wife was on shipboard with him, so to make the trip... continue »

Military Working Dogs: What Happens When They Retire?

“Many soldiers have their todays and can plan their tomorrows because of what a Military Working Dog did for them yesterday.” ... continue »