100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization: History's Most Influential Canines
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100 Dogs Who Made a Difference
If you don't believe that one dog has the power to alter civilization, then you've obviously never heard of Peritas (p. 166), the dog who saved Alexander the Great from being trampled by an elephant. Or Biche (p. 57), the Italian Greyhound who started a war between France and Russia. Or Urian (p. 74), the dog who bit Pope Clement VII and finalized England's break with the Catholic church. Or Peps and Fips (p. 96), the dogs who helped Richard Wagner compose his operas.
These are just five of the 100 Dogs Who Changed Civilization, and this book honors their extraordinary contributions to science, history, art, government, religion, and more. You'll meet a dog who ran for president of France (p. 79) and a dog who saved a movie studio (p. 115). You'll meet dogs who have inspired great works of literature (p. 92) and who were awarded medals for their wartime service (p. 158). You'll even meet a dog who became a real-estate mogul (p. 141). These beautifully illustrated true stories are a tribute to the intelligence, bravery, and loving nature of dogs all over the world.
Pope was one of the premier poets of the early eighteenth century. Though the casual reader might not know his larger works, such as The Rape of the Lock, almost everyone remembers his pithy witticisms and observations. It was Pope who invented such time-honored phrases as, “To err is human, to forgive, divine,” and “For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” But many of those remarks might never have been uttered without the timely intervention of Pope’s Great Dane, Bounce. Throughout his
unnaturally huge dog bounding along the beach at Great Yarmouth. Is the local legend in any sense real? Maybe, maybe not. Let’s just say that if you’re caught out on the moors late at night, it probably can seem very real indeed. The legend certainly fired the interest of novelist Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who first heard the stories of East Anglia’s demon dog in 1901. Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, had just returned from serving as a field doctor in the Boer War, during which he
years, at pretty much the same spot that his bronze likeness now occupies, Hachiko waited patiently for his beloved master—a master who could never return to him. The dog who would become a legend was once the pet of Eisaburo Ueno, a professor at the University of Tokyo’s department of agriculture. Every workday morning Hachiko would accompany him to Shibuya Station, and every day at 3:00 P.M. he would sit quietly on the landing, awaiting his return. But one day in May 1925, the professor fell
lover, but a billionaire dog lover. He built much of his fortune through the University of Phoenix, a for-profit teaching institution he founded in 1976. He also made a name for himself as a biotechnology entrepreneur. In 1991 he bankrolled, to the tune of roughly $4 million, an effort to clone his best friend, Missy. Called the Missyplicity Project, it was a joint venture between Texas A&M University and Bio-Arts and Research Corporation (BARC), an umbrella company for Sperling and another San
have not been content with attacks on me, or my wife, or on my sons,” Roosevelt said. “No, not content with that, they now include my little dog, Fala. Well, of course, I don’t resent attacks, and my family doesn’t resent attacks—but Fala does resent them. You know, Fala is Scotch, and being a Scottie, as soon as he learned that the Republican fiction writers in Congress and out had concocted a story that I had left him behind on the Aleutian Islands and had sent a destroyer back to find him—at a