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6 Famous Dogs of History (Slideshow)

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2. Balto & Togo, The Dogs Who Saved a Village

When an outbreak of diphtheria threatened the remote village of Nome, Alaska, it couldn’t have been worse timing. The last ship of the year had just set sail, and the area’s only doctor did not have enough medicine to treat the serious and highly contagious condition. So the Board of Health had no other option — they had to send the medicine via sled dogs. The team of dogs and humans raced against the clock, completing the 674 mile journey in just five and a half days, a record that has never been beaten to this day. Balto and Togo were both team leaders, though Balto received considerably more fame.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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5:15PM PST on Mar 2, 2014

Thanks for sharing 6 Famous Dogs of History. Loved the movie, Hachi: A Dog's Tale, based on the true story of Hachiko.

5:54PM PDT on Apr 4, 2013

unconditional love

3:22PM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

loved it!

12:36PM PDT on Jun 6, 2012

great stories thanks for sharing interesting

3:00AM PDT on Apr 19, 2012

interesting article, thanks for sharing :)

3:18PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

I only know two, Hachiko and Checkers!!

Great post btw!!! :)

2:06AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

Heartwarming stories of dogs of course.Thank you for your very interesting post.cheers

2:25PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

ty

2:13PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

Very heartwarming.

12:59PM PDT on Apr 4, 2012

And Laika?

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