Recently it is becoming more and more popular to post our photos on social networks with #throwback captions. We decided to follow this trend but we twisted it a little bit. So we are going to share with you the fascinating stories and legendary pictures (after all a dog wearing goggles does not occur every day) of a few dogs who have left their imprint in history.
1. Bud Nelson
Just one look at Bud Nelson is enough to tell you that Bud Nelson was one of the greatest dog who ever lived. He’s the kind of a dog that wears goggles in a scratchy black-and-white photo — if he hadn’t existed, he would probably be a fictional character in a bestseller. The human in the photo is Bud Nelson’s owner, a doctor called Horatio Nelson. Horatio was the first man to cross America by car in the year 1903. That made Bud the first dog to cross the United States by car.
When a serious diphtheria epidemic struck Nome, Alaska in the summer of 1924, the only doctor in the city didn’t have enough medicine to treat everyone, and the port was closed for the winter. Balto and his crew of sled dogs came to the rescue. The pack of sled dogs lead by Balto raced over 650 miles across Alaska in five and a half days and were ultimately successful in bringing the diphtheria antitoxin in time. The husky and his team were recognized by all for their determination and endurance.
He was yet another stray dog wandering the streets of New York until the moment the workers at the New York post office took him in. He loved the smell of postal bags so he would follow them around and even ride the trains to their destinations. Not so long after that, The New York branch gave him a collar to wear so that people would know who he was in case he got lost. Other branches he visited also did the same thing and gave him medals with their branch’s name on it. He quickly became the Post office’s unofficial mascot.
The legendary rescue dog of the Swiss. The St. Bernard was trained by monks to help them rescue people who got lost in the Alps. During his career as a rescue dog he has saved around 40 people. His most famous rescue is when he found a child in the snow. He licked on the child to keep him warm and kept barking to signal the monks of their location. When the monks couldn’t reach them because of the snow, the boy wrapped his arms around Barry and the dog carried him to safety. He retired from his career as a rescue dog in 1812 and was cared for by one of the monks.
The representative of the Akita Inu breed is one of the most loyal dogs in history. Hachiko would meet his owner every day at Shibuya Station in Tokyo as the he returned from work. In 1925 Hachoko’s owner died while at work and never returned home. Hachiko returned to the train station at the time his owner had been returning normally day after day for 9 years. He even escaped from new owners several times to await the return of his deceased owner.
In memory of Hachiko and his boundless love was built a statue of him at Shibuya Station and the spot were Hachiko awaited the returning of his owner for many years is marked with a set of bronze paw prints.
I have often heard the expression that dogs can always find their home, and the story of Bobby fully confirms it. This Collie traveled 2500 miles to get back home to his family.
In 1923 Bobbie was traveling with his family from Oregon to Indiana. At some point he got separated from his owners and got lost. The family searched high and low for dog but ultimately returned home after failing to find him. But six months later, in February 1924, Bobbie suddenly appeared on their doorstep. He was dirty, skinny, and weak. Bobbie lived happily ever after with his family but also became the protagonist in dozens of articles, books and even participated as himself in the film “Call of the West”.
The pictures are black and white, the stories are genuine and the dogs – only a bunch of all the shaggy four-footed buddies worthy of being in such a list.
We wish you and your best buddy to experience adventures like this (of course similar to the ones of Bud, not those of Bobbie). We anticipate to see you in Doglar so you can share all your adventures with fellows and meanwhile you can find partners in crime.