Scrappy, the USS Yorktown's mascot, in the cockpit of one of the Yorktown’s aircraft. Not long after departure in 1943, Captain Joseph “Jocko” Clark found a small gray dog that some of the pilots had smuggled onto the ship. The dog was dressed in a life jacket and was barking on the Flight Deck. Although the dog’s name was Scrappy, the pilots told the captain, “We call him Jock.” Apparently the quick thinking worked, and the captain allowed the dog to stay. (Courtesy of Patriot's Point)
When you need to get the real story about some of history's most fascinating women, call Stacy Schiff. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author's work includes Véra (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) and Cleopatra: A Life. In her highly anticipated new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, Schiff focuses on an infamous and dark period of American history, especially as it relates to women: the Salem witch trials.
This Great Dane owned by Ann Elizabeth Isham perished in the Titanic disaster. Isham was already in a lifeboat when she got out to go to the ship's kennel to retrieve her dog. She never returned. A few days later, her body was found in the water, still clutching her beloved pet.