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.