BALTO AND TOGO
The annual Iditarod sled race commemorates these courageous Siberian huskies, who in February of 1925 led dog teams on the famous Serum Run that went through 674 miles of stormy Alaskan wilderness and saved the city of Nome from a diphtheria outbreak. The 3-year-old Balto (right) led driver Gunnar Kaasen's team on the final 53-mile leg through an 80-mile-per-hour blizzard, and has been lionized with a bronze statue in New York City's Central Park as well as a three-part animated film series. Togo (below), though less celebrated, performed the more yeomanly feat, guiding musher Leonhard Seppala and his team for 260 miles despite his advanced age (12) and his small size (48 pounds, about 12 pounds less than his peers).
CARICATURE'S COLIN POWELL
When Sig and Sharyn Hauck of Connecticut began breeding ink-black, shorthaired Bombay cats in 1997, they named them after African-American leaders. "The Bombay was almost endangered. We wanted to not only bring it back but give it some meaning," Sig says. Colin, the son of Isaac Hayes and Jamaica Kincaid, was born on Sept. 11, 2002 and went on to beat a record 22,700 competitors to win the Cat Fancier Association's 2004 Cat of the Year. He met his namesake last year. Powell played with Colin, and accepted an offer to christen his first kitten, born July 4, 2004. He named him Ralph Bunche, after the diplomat who was the first black American to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
The rambunctious barrel racer won 10 straight world titles from 1984 to '93 and is the only barrel horse in the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.