History is full of brave heroes, who have stunned the world with their acts of kindness and strength. But not all heroes wear capes… Some wear dog tags. We’ve compiled a list of the most famous dogs in history to celebrate these couragous canines.
Laika was found on the streets of Moscow as a stray dog. In 1957, she was trained for the Soviet Space Program, to venture out in Sputnik 2. Unfortunately, technology had not yet advanced into de-orbiting the spacecraft so it was thought that Laika was euthanized. However it was later revealed that Laika died within hours due to overheating. A monument still stands for Laika near the military research facility.
Hachiko was a dog from Japan who would greet his owner at the train station every day after work. One day in 1925, the professor did not return to the station as he had died of a cerebral hemorrhage. Hachiko came back to the station every day for nine years awaiting his owner’s return, until Hachiko too passed in 1935.
Bobbie found himself lost in 1923 on a family holiday in Indiana. The family could not find the dog and had to return home to Oregon. Amazingly, six months later Bobbie appeared on the family’s door step after walking 4000 kilmoeters across the US
Fido (‘faithful one’ in Latin) was adopted by Carlo Soriani in 1941 after finding him injured in Florence and nursing him back to health. Fido went on to accompany Soriani to the bus stop every day before work where he would wait until he came back, showing his appreciation for saving his life. Tragically, Soriani died two years later. But Fido kept returning to the bus stop and awaiting his owner for 14 more years. He passed away in 1958 whilst waiting at the bus stop.
Pavlov’s Dog was involved in the study which led to the idea of classical conditioning. In 1890, Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov’s study found that dogs would not only salivate when eating but also whenever he entered the room. Unfortunately this experiment involved surgically implanting tubes on to the dogs’ muzzles. Poor Pavlov’s dog.
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