Dogs That Created History

Written By Diyali Banerjee | Mumbai | Published:


  • Several dogs managed to make it up to the pages of history with their heroism, faithfulness, and devotion
  • Being a loyal pet to a loving companion, dogs have often proved themselves to be man's best friend

Being a loyal pet to a loving companion, dogs have often proved themselves to be man's best friend. However, that's not the only job the canines are good at. With a smart brain, several dogs in history have set records by their acts of heroism, faithfulness, and devotion. While many of them belonged to eminent personalities, several dogs achieved success on their own calibre. 

Here are the dogs that managed to make it up to the pages of history:

1. Laika

Russian space dog Laika was one of the first animals to go on a space ride. She was a stray dog raised on the streets of Moscow. She was sent to space in the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 that was launched on November 3, 1957. She was trained for the space project along with two other dogs, but she was the only one selected for the expedition. 

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2. Hachikō

Japanese dog Hachikō had marked his name in history with his unconditional love for his master. Hachikō used to wait for his owner, Hidesaburō Ueno everyday day near Shibuya Station, as he returned from work. The dog continued to do so for nine years even after his master's death. Hachikō was found dead on a street in Shibuya in 1935, but his faithfulness made him immortal. A statue of the dog was built in the area to commemorate his faithfulness. A film named 'Hachi: A Dog's Tale' was made based on Hachikō's devotion towards his mater. The film starred Richard Gere, who portrayed the role of Hachikō's master.

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3. Lady 

Lady, a Pomeranian, was one of the dogs who managed to survive the tragedy of Titanic in 1912. Lady's owner saved her life as she wrapped her up in a blanket and pretended she was a baby when the rescue team took them off on a lifeboat. Reportedly, there were 12 dogs on board when Titanic sank and only three of them managed to survive.   

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4. Rin Tin Tin

The male German Shepherd Rin Tin Tin was an internationally renowned film star. He was rescued from the battlefields during World War I by an American soldier, Lee Duncan, who later trained him to perform in movies. The dog rose to fame immediately after his first appearance on the silver screen. He was featured in 27 Hollywood films and gained global recognition. 

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5. Pavlov's Dog

Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov gained world recognition for his experiment on salivation of dogs. During the 1890s the scientist did an experiment on a dog that he used to feed regularly. One day he observed that the dog started salivating on its own at the particular time of the day when he was provided with food daily, even when he was not bringing him food.

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