On this International Women's Day, we celebrate all the bad b🐶tches who made waves in history, four legged or otherwise.
Strelka & Belka
On August 19, 1960 these two fearless pups went into space on board the Sputnik 5 capsule. They completed several orbits and returned home safely. These mixed breed dogs made it possible for the Soviets to send a man into space!
When the One World Tower was attacked on September 11th, Roselle was with her owner, Michael Hingson- who was blind, on the 78th floor. When the plane crashed 18 floors above them, Roselle calmly led her owner down 78 floors and 40 blocks through smoke and debris. All the way to safety.
In 1982, Buddy became one of the first seeing eye dogs. She was given to Morris Frank, who with the help of dog trainer Dorothy Harrison Eustis, created the “Seeing Eye Program.” This would be the first training facility in the world for seeing eye dogs.
Found in a foxhole during World War II, Smoky helped lay communication wires to help the survival of men and planes at an airbase in the Philippines. She also helped troops recuperate by doing tricks and giving lots of cuddles and puppy kisses. She continued her work as one of the first ever therapy dogs.
Famous Women in Dog Advocacy
During the 1800s stray dogs lived brutal lives. In 1860, Mary Tealby started a canine asylum for those strays. Naming it “ The Temporary Home for Lost and Starving Dogs”, she cared for strays until they could be returned home.
Caroline Earle-White founded the Women’s Pennsylvania Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (aka the Women’s Humane Society) in 1869. That organization raised enough money to hire 3 officers who took on animal cruelty cases like dogfighting.
Deirdre Franklin started using her modeling career to change the way society viewed pit bulls. In 2005, she created “Pinups for Pitbulls” to help educate the public on pit bulls and combat the breed specific legislation around them. Every year they release a calendar featuring pitbulls modeling next to actual models in retro-style outfits and scenes.
Harrison Eustis was a dog breeder and philanthropist extraordinaire. She and Morris Frank worked with female pup Buddy to help create training practices for seeing eye dogs. Then, in 1929, she and Frank started the first school for guide dogs called “The Seeing Eye.”