In 1904, President Theodore Roosevelt hunted wolves in Oklahoma with Jack Abernathy, a local legend renowned for catching wolves with his bare hands. After seeing Abernathy in action Roosevelt wanted to nab one himself, but the Secret Service talked him out of it.
The Iditarod commemorates the heroics of a Siberian Husky named Balto. In 1925 during an outbreak of diphtheria in Alaska, Balto led his sled team on the final leg of a run to bring medicine from Anchorage to Nome.
In 2009, American drug dogs sniffed out 1,000 pounds of heroin, 26,000 pounds of cocaine, 670,000 pounds of marijuana, three million pills and $34 million in undeclared cash.
A German Shepherd named Trakr found the last human survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attack under 30 feet of the Twin Towers rubble. Trakr died in 2009 but scientists successfully produced five cloned puppies.
Narrator: Fearless, faithful, determined, swift, they're man's best friend and much more. They've followed us into battle and been rocketed into space. They've served at the side of nearly every President. They're genetically hardwired to help us handle our toughest jobs. And when nature meets nurture, they can perform super human feats. Now, it's time to track down the amazing story of Dogs, on Modern Marvels.