Famous Dogs

April 2018

Togo: Hero of Nome

In 1925, things seemed bleak for the Alaskan town of Nome. The town’s people, especially the children, were sick with the deadly illness diphtheria. The town’s supply of antitoxin was depleted, and the port was closed for the winter, making a new delivery difficult. The 1925 Nome diphtheria epidemic gave rise to a bold plan: a sled dog relay. Sled dog teams and their mushers raced tirelessly across the […]

February 2018

Eight Below The Real Story

Eight Below: The Real Story

In 2006, Disney released “Eight Below”, a film that tells the story of a pack of abandoned sled dogs and their struggle to survive the hostile Antarctic landscape. What you may not know is that this film is based on the Japanese film “Antarctica” (1983), and that both of these films are based on the true story of the ill-fated 1958 Japanese expedition to Antarctica.

January 2018

Anubis

Anubis

In Ancient Egypt, many animals were considered sacred. Most of the Egyptian gods had animal heads, including the god of the afterlife, Anubis. Anubis had a canine head and so has sometimes been nicknamed the dog god of Ancient Egypt.
Dog or not?
Although Anubis’ head is definitely canine, not everyone agrees what type of canine it is. In Ancient Egyptian art, he usually has black fur; this colour represented life […]

November 2017

Top 10 Dog Stories for all

Top 10 Dog Stories for all

As the days become shorter and the nights colder, what better way is there to spend a chilly evening than by curling up with a book after a pleasant walk with your dog? Cuddle up under a blanket, and dive into one of these ten fantastic dog books.

“White Fang” by Jack London: This classic tale follows White Fang, a wolf-dog hybrid born into the Alaskan wild. The young pup […]

October 2017

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Gelert

If you visit Wales, you may come to the village of Beddgelert. Not far from the shores of the Glaslyn is a stone grave. The grave is devoted to the memory of Gelert and is inscribed with both Welsh and English text that tells the story of this Welsh hero.
Gelert was a hunting hound who belonged to the Welsh Prince Llywelyn the Great (Llywelyn ap Iorwerth). In the 13th […]

September 2017

December 2016

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Lord Byron

Lord Byron, born George Gordon Byron, was loved for some things and hated for others. He was one of the leading figures of the Romantic Movement characterising the first half of the 19th century. After a short, unsuccessful stint in politics, Byron became well known for his narrative style of poetry, but being regarded as one of the greatest British poets was not his only distinguishing feature.

October 2016

September 2016

Molossus

There Once Was a Colossus Called Molossus

Thanks to the Greeks, modern society has democracy, science, philosophy and medicine. However, for those of us who love big, burly dogs, one tribe of Greek people stands out from the crowd and deserves the highest level of respect and admiration. This tribe was known as the Molossians.

August 2016

Laika – The story of a Soviet space oddity

Laika – The story of a Soviet space oddity

Laika was a three year old stray dog living on the streets of Moscow. She was thought to be a Samoyed or Husky crossbred, though she almost certainly had some Terrier or Spitz ancestors. She was also nicknamed Kudryavka (Little Curly), Zhuchka (Little Bug), and Limonchik (Little Lemon) by various personnel involved in the project.

Buddy Guide dog

Buddy – America’s First Guide Dog

For many blind people, guide dogs are the gateway to a more independent life. A guide dog can make previously challenging situations, such as crossing a busy street or walking to the bus stop – situations that sighted people take for granted; so much easier. Today we’ll look at the first official American guide dog: Buddy.