You might think that the Saint Bernard dog was named for a Catholic saint named Bernard. You'd be wrong -- well, sort of. The very large working dogs were originally bred by the hospice of the Great Saint Bernard Pass to assist in alpine rescue of travelers crossing the border between Italy and Switzerland. It was a journey filled with peril before more modern modes of travel.
Fainting, or syncope, is usually caused by a lack of oxygen in the the brain. Symptoms often include falling down, blurred vision, and confusion. Possible causes include dehydration, low blood pressure, alcohol use, and/or diabetes.
It was just over 100 years ago that a German Shepherd was born in Germany under the name Etzel von Oeringen. Little did anyone guess that this small pup, born during the ravages of World War I, was just starting on a life journey that would take him to the heights of stardom in the movies. Hollywood and the era if silent films were waiting for him-- as were the people of America.