Liz MalliaThe RMS Titanic sank on 15th April, 1912. This disaster led to the loss of over 1500 human lives, but also several animal lives. There were various animals aboard the Titanic before the ship sank, including chickens, cats (including the official ship’s cat, Jenny), and several dogs.
Liz MalliaIn 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...
Liz MalliaIn 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.
Gergely GrecziIn 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...
Liz MalliaIf 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...
Corey FarrugiaIt’s been some time now but for those who are not really meme aficionados here comes a sad piece of old news. Gabe the dog died. For most it might have gone under the radar but Gabe died on the 20th of January this year. You might be asking yourselves who’s Gabe the dog?
Corey FarrugiaThe Maltese Hunting Dog (Kelb tal-kaċċa ta' Malta) has been flushing out game from wheat fields and retrieving shot carcasses since its inception, hiding its staggering efficiency from the limelight of the world’s most lovable work dogs.
Corey FarrugiaThanks 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.
Liz MalliaFor 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.
Liz MalliaRin Tin Tin: the adored Hollywood star of the 1920s and 1930s. Rin Tin Tin was a true Hollywood legend: he had devoted fans from all over the world, drank milk from a champagne glass, and, like many great actors, was said to be somewhat temperamental.
Liz MalliaFido started his as a stray puppy, wandering the streets of Luco di Migello in Tuscany, Italy. Carlo Soriani worked in a brick kiln in the town of Borgo San Lorenzo. One winter evening, the two crossed paths. Soriani came across the pup as he returned from work on a cold November night in 1941. Fido was lying in a ditch: injured, alone, unwanted, yelping in pain. Carlo Soriani...
Liz MalliaThe real Hachi, also called Hachiko, was an Akita who lived in Japan in the 1920s. He belonged to Professor Hidesaburo Ueno, who worked in the agricultural department of the University of Tokyo. Every day, Hachiko and his master walked to Shibuya train station, where Professor Ueno left for work, and every day, Hachiko was there to meet the Professor as he returned from work in the afternoon.