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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 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 »

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 »