Domestic dogs are one of only a few species that can understand that the human gesture of pointing means, "look in the direction my finger is pointing". Other animals, including wolves and other primates, don't understand how it works and will only be interested in your outstretched finger. patriciamcconnell.com/the…
Today I learned of Gunner, a stray Australian dog who, after being wounded in a WW2 air raid, could distinguish so accurately between the sounds of Allied and Japanese planes that he could give 20 mins warning before an air attack. He was taken in by the RAAF and given a role detecting air attacks on Darwin. aviationhumor.net/gunner-…
EDS lost a 2010 court case because their star witness, a senior EDS executive, bought his Masters degree from an online diploma mill. The opposing lawyer signed his dog up for the same degree, and the dog graduated with a higher score than the EDS executive. The judge ruled against EDS. itnews.com.au/news/key-ed…
Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote 23 sequels to Tarzan of the Apes. The ape-man discovers he is John Clayton, Lord of Greystoke, fights alongside Germans in WWI, finds a colony of Atlantis and the City of Gold, befriends a tribe of dog-sized humans, and has other bizarre adventures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tar…
, in the 1700's you could get admission to the London Zoo by bringing a dog or cat to feed to the lions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
Dogs can suffer from PTSD, and even experience flashbacks of traumatic experiences. msasecurity.net/security-…
The farthest distance that a lost pet dog has found his way home occurred in 1979 when Jimpa, a labrador/boxer cross, turned up at his old home in Pimpinio, Victoria, Australia after walking 3,218 km (2,000 miles) across Australia. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Sausages have been commonly referred to as "dogs" since the 1800s due to a belief that sausage makers used dog meat in their sausages. Consumption of dog meat was common in Germany up to the early 1900s so these suspicion was "occasionally justified". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot…
Today I learned that the Canary Islands are named after Man’s Best Friend, and not birds. The Spanish name for the islands is β€œIslas Canarias”, which is derived from Latin and means β€œIsland of Dogs.” worldatlas.com/articles/d…
The man who played McGruff the crime dog was sentenced to 16 years in jail for drugs time.com/5234/mcgruff-the…
Today I learned of Eugene Bostwick, a retired Texas farmer who kept taking in dogs that people abandoned at the dead-end street near his horse barn; he would feed the dogs & take them to the vet to get spayed & neutered. He built a "dog train" in order to take all his dogs out at the same time with his tractor. cbc.ca/news/trending/texa…
An estimated 8 million war horses were killed in conflict during WW I. They were used to help carry food, water, ammunition & medical supplies. More than a million dogs were also killed. They were used as messengers, sentries, rescuers, and small beasts of burden theatlantic.com/photo/201…
A woman in Oklahoma was killed by a pack of wild wiener dogs. time.com/5280769/dog-atta…
Michael BublΓ© was fired as an extra from The X-Files because he stole a hot dog off the craft services table. cinemablend.com/televisio…
Romans were known to create tombs for their dogs and gave them epitaphs to remember them by. One such inscription read, β€œI am in tears, while carrying you to your last resting place as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home with my own hands 15 years ago.” thedodo.com/9-touching-ep…
Owney the dog became world famous in late 1800s for traveling the USA and the world as the beloved mascot for the railway post service. He became a good luck charm because no train he rode on got in an accident. Wherever he went, people hung tags on his harness, which he brought home regularly. postalmuseum.si.edu/exhib…
A Spanish town mailed dog poop back to offenders. A team of volunteers looked for careless dog owners and struck up conversations to learn the dog's name, which made it possible to identify the owner via pet records and mail back the poop, labeled "Lost Property." Violations dropped by 70%. newsfeed.time.com/2013/06…
Dogs can understand upto a 1000 human words. They can differentiate between nouns. and verbs. More importantly Dogs also feel emotions love, jealousy etc which was previously thought to be only present in primates. They can even read people better than chimps one of our closest genetic neighbour vox.com/2015/4/7/8360143/…
The voice actor for Scruff McGruff the crime dog was sentenced to 16 years in prison after police found over 1,000 marijuana plants, guns, a grenade launcher and ammo in his home. cbsnews.com/news/mcgruff-…
Air Bud, about a dog who plays basketball, has 13 sequels. In the last one, 'Super Buddies', Bud's 5 puppies acquire magic rings that grant them superpowers and use them to defeat the warlord Commander Drex from the planet Inspiron en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Today I learned of Fido, President Lincoln's dog. Shortly after Lincoln's assassination, the dog put his front paws on a drunk sitting in the street and the drunk knifed the dog to death. The president's popularity led to fido becoming the generic name for a dog. the-american-catholic.com…
Hawaii imports sterilized male snakes for training border guard dogs to find snakes in luggage, since there are no snakes in Hawaii. hawaiinewsnow.com/2018/12…
Dog obesity is positively correlated with owner obesity. This effect is only seen in dogs and not cats. The study suggests that this correlation can be attributed to obese owners walking their dogs less. No explanation other than neutering is given for the variation in weight among cats. cambridge.org/core/journa…
Dogs are the only non-primate species with a left-gaze bias. Humans tend to look at the right side of a human face for better facial recognition and dogs respond to faces in a similar way: Dogs also fixate on the right side of a human face, but not that of other animals. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dog…
A fearless goat-herding dog called Odin refused to abandon his flock of goats during deadly California wildfires in 2017, while his owners ran to safety. Days later his family returned to their destroyed home and found him AND the goats still alive. fox17online.com/2017/10/1…
There is an extinct language called Mbabaram which evolved separately from English. The word for "dog" in Mbabaram happens to also be "dog" by complete coincidence en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mba…
A few out of 35,000 stray dogs in Moscow learned how to navigate the Subway system. They travel to and from the city every day, navigate through large crowds, and may have learned to identify their stations by scent or by tracking the time taken to reach the station every day. abcnews.go.com/Internatio…
67% of millennials see their pet as part of the family and refer to them as a "fur baby." They would like to take leave from work to care for a new pet if their employer offered it. Millennial dog owners spend an average of $1,285 per year on their pet. petbusiness.com/How-Mille…
The seventh most populous city in the world, Mumbai, also has one of the highest densities of leopards (41 leopards) in a forest inside the city and the leopard population saves Mumbai US$18,000 by keeping the stray dogs population in check. theguardian.com/cities/20…
Trained sniffer dogs are helping archaeologists in Croatia discover 3,000-year-old iron age tombs. Experts have said that using dogs are a good way to identify archaeological sites, as it is less destructive than many traditional methods. theguardian.com/science/2…
In 2015, a guide dog in New York was awarded the ASPCA’s β€œDog of the Year” award for running in front of an oncoming bus to protect his blind owner, and didn’t leave her side until she received medical attention even though he suffered a broken leg. newyork.cbslocal.com/2015…
, there are 38 subspecies of wolves (Canis Lupus), yet all domesticated dogs from Chihuahuas to Great Danes are only one of those subspecies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sub…
The phrase "Dogs are a man's best friend." dates back to 1789 and was said by Frederick the Great of Prussia about his Italian Greyhound. wikipedia.org/wiki/Man%27…
Today I learned about the Tanuki, a Japanese folklore creature that is referred to as the Raccoon Dog. Its most distinguishing characteristic is their large, magical pair of testicles that it used as a hat, umbrella, boat or drum. They are known as tricksters or bringers of good luck. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bak…
Today I learned about Rags. A stay mutt found by a U.S. soldier in WW1, Rags became the mascot of the 1st Infantry Division after he saved hundreds of lives by running messages under fire. When Rags was injured he was sent to a field hospital with an order from HQ "The dog gets attention same as soldiers" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag…
In the original book for 101 Dalmatians, Pongo's wife was not Perdita but a dog called Missis; Perdita was a stray that was rescued by Pongo's master after she ran away when her pups were sold by her cruel owners to Cruella de Vil. It's in her name; Perdita means "Lost". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2013, a service dog named Kirsch and his owner were both awarded Master’s degrees in Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Kirsch received his for attending all of his owner’s classes. dogtime.com/trending/1841…
Dog mouths aren't any cleaner than human mouths, and can even host a great amount of bacteria, including various parasites and more. petmd.com/dog/pet-lover/a…
A 2015 study by Clear Labs found that 10% of vegetarian hot dogs sold in the US had meat in them. An additional 2% contained human DNA edition.cnn.com/2015/10/2…
Contrary to popular belief, pet dogs are at least as likely as cats to start eating their dead owners nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Today I learned of an organization in Belgium training giant rats (nicknamed "HeroRATs") to sniff out landmines in countries where explosive remnants of war pose a large threat to communities. The rats are extremely effective, outperforming both metal detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs. boredpanda.com/hero-rats-…
Dogs were domesticated between 18,800 and 32,100 years ago and scientists are still not exactly sure how it occurred. edition.cnn.com/2013/11/1…
Dogs wag their tails with a right bias in positive situations and with a left bias in negative situations. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tai…
In The Wizard of OZ, the dog playing Toto made more money than the munchkin actors. The Munchkins earned $50 a week, while the dog earned $125 a week. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Taurine which is a key ingredient in Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, and other energy drinks, is an amino acid that humans and dogs can produce within their own bodies from other amino acid, but Cats cannot synthesize. Cats must get it from their diet, and it is required to remain healthy. vcahospitals.com/know-you…
The Chihuahua (dog) was bred for food and as a heat pad by the ancient Aztecs and Mayas en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
In 2013, while walking their dog in their back yard, a married couple came across several rusty buckets sticking out of their land. The buckets were full of gold coins minted from 1847 to 1894. The total value of all the coins was about $11 million. nydailynews.com/news/nati…
Dogs(and probably other animals) bend their tounges backwards to form a spoon to drink. youtu.be/_OT4CNxHEGM
The Secret Service spent 10 years searching for Emerich Juettner, a senior citizen counterfeiter. He only made $1 bills, just enough to support himself and his dog, never passing more than one in the same place. When Hollywood based a movie on him, he made more money than his counterfeiting did. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
The 2000 hit "Who Let The Dogs Out" by the Baha Men was a cover of a '98 song "Doggies" by Anslem Douglas, which was informed by a '94 techno hit by Twenty Fingers, which was taken from a '92 hit by Miami Boom, which likely was inspired by a '86 TX highschool football chant cbc.ca/radio/day6/canada-…
Prairie dogs use a sophisticated system of vocal communication to describe specific predators. Their calls contain specific information as to what the predator is, how big it is and how fast it is approaching. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pra…
The legal definition of a 'sandwich' differs across the USA. In California, a hot dog is a sandwich. In Massachusetts, a burrito is not a sandwich. The USDA defines a sandwich as meat between two slices of bread and says a burrito is a 'sandwich like product.' New York has another definition. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
The Lascaux cave was discovered accidentally by 4 teenagers and their dog- the cave has 17,000 year old paintings, including extinct animals like the Aurochs, and hand prints. The French government had to make a replica (Lascaux II) since tourists causes mold to grow ancient.eu/Lascaux_Cave/
Today I learned of Bear, a "koala detection dog". Wearing special boots to protect his paws from scorched ground, Bear sniffs out koala survivors of Australian bushfires. His previous owners couldn't handle him as he chewed furniture & walls out of boredom, but his need to work made him an ideal detection dog. 9news.com.au/national/que…
The famous deaf-blind writer Hellen Keller received a gift from a Japanese police officer who gave her an Akita dog named Kamikaze-Go as a present. After the dog's death Japan’s government gifted another Akita, making her the first person to bring the dog breed to the U.S. In 1948 akitaclub.org/helen-kelle…
Delta airlines no longer allows snub nosed dog breeds such as bulldogs, pugs, shar pei, etc. because of the breeds' breathing difficulties. deltacargo.com/Cargo/cata…
Dogs were once used in kitchens to turn spits for roasting meats. The Canis vertigus, or turnspit, was an essential part of every large kitchen in Britain in the 16th century. The small cooking canine was bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit in cavernous kitchen fireplaces. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
No authentic writings of Pythagoras have survived. Almost nothing is known for certain about his life. The earliest source describes Pythagoras helping a dog that had been beaten. Pythagoras thought he could recognise his friend's voice in the dog's cries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyt…
Today I learned of Poena cullei, a form of punishment for those found guilty of parricide under Roman Law, in which the offender was sewn into a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals, including a dog, snake, monkey and a chicken before being thrown into water and left to drown. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poe…
Dogs can "laugh" when they're playful. Researchers played recordings of dogs laughing to stressed shelter dogs, resulting in the dogs showing significantly fewer signs of stress. Many of the dogs and puppies began to bounce around, and responded with laughs of their own. littledogtips.com/can-dog…
Today I learned about Congressman Charlie Wilson's revenge. When he was 13, his neighbor, Charles Hazard poisoned his dog by mixing glass into its food. Years later, when Hazard was running for office, Wilson drove 96 people to the polls, telling them how Hazard had killed his dog. Hazard lost by sixteen votes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The creator of the Gil Sans font had sex with his sisters, daughters, and dog. He was named Royal Designer for Industry, the highest British award for designers en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eri…
, in WWI dogs, horse, mules and donkeys all wore gas masks. nationalinterest.org/blog…
Today I learned of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, who walked 2,551 miles (4,105 km) on his own, to return home to Silverton, Oregon after he was lost while his owners were visiting family in Wolcott, Indiana. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
The religion of Zoroastrianism believes the otter ("water dog") is a highly sacred animal and believe in harsh punishments for those who kill them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sag…
The Beatles recorded a sound on their 1967 song "A Day In The Life", which can only be heard by dogs. vintagevinylnews.com/2013…
The bubonic plague still circulates in New Mexico among prairie dogs, and that dogs can catch infected fleas and spread it to humans cabq.gov/environmentalhea…
A puppy of Soviet space dog Strelka, the first animal to safely return from orbit, was given to president Kennedy by Khrushchev. The puppy grew up and became the mate of JFK's dog Charlie. The cold war couple went on to have 4 pups themselves, dubbed the "Pupniks". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sov…
During the Battle of Germantown, a little terrier was seen wandering between the American and British lines; British General Lord Howe's dog had gotten loose. It was taken to Washington to keep as a trophy, instead he fed and brushed him, and formally returned the dog under a flag of truce en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Dogs can be right or left pawed just like humans! akc.org/expert-advice/lif…
Ontario's Dog Owner's Liability Act ('DOLA') stipulates that a dog owner(s) assumes liability for damages caused by dog bites or attacks. This is strict liability test because it does not depend on an owner's negligence, fault, or the animal's known propensity to act aggressively. mondaq.com/canada/crime/5…
In 1815 London a carnival of debauchery and drunkenness arose, complete with dog fighting and acrobats, to service the crowds that had gathered to witness the most Pedestrian of events. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of Hatty, a Labrador retriever who was sworn in as an IL County "Comfort Dog." Her paw was on a law book as an oath was read. Hatty's job is to comfort sexual trauma victims during testimony and interviews; the dog will work 9 - 5 on up to 200 cases per year. She was trained by prison inmates. cnn.com/2019/11/02/us/coo…
A snuffle mat is made from fabric strips tied to a rubber mat. The mats are meant to hide treats for your dog inside the curly fabric strips. Snuffle mats combine a scenting game with mental stimulation for dogs which have a sense of smell up to 100 million times a human. cuteness.com/13717710/wha…
Oxana Malaya wad abandoned by her alcoholic parents at age 2, and for the next 5 years lived with a pack of dogs. At 7 years old, she couldn't speak, walked on all fours and behaved like a dog in every way historydaily.org/oxana-ma…
Male show dogs can't be fixed and a judge needs to feel his testicles to make sure they're present and are equal size. A male dog failing to show a healthy pair of testicles will be disqualified. Sometimes a dog's testicles retract during inspection and its handler must coax them back down. slate.com/culture/2018/05…
According to a Kyoto University team, dogs can recognize a bad person & negatively evaluate people who refuse to help their owners. sciencedirect.com/science…
The higher pitched voice we use when talking to dogs and pets is called "dog-directed speech" and may actually serve a purpose. petcentral.chewy.com/pet-…
That, after an attack by a predator, the surviving prairie dogs do a celebratory dance. youtu.be/m6o8MPlI-2I
Cows sometimes sit like dogs thedodo.com/cows-sitting-…
Crocodiles do not have sweat glands and release heat through their mouths. They often sleep with their mouths open and may pant like a dog. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cro…
Today I learned of Fred the labrador, resident dog at Mountfitchet Castle in England, who adopted 9 orphaned ducklings who were wandering the castle grounds after the mother duck disappeared. When Fred goes swimming the the castle moat, the ducks follow him in. independent.ie/entertainm…
In 1979 the Black-footed ferret was declared extinct. In 1981 the species was rediscovered when a dog in Meeteetse, Wyoming brought a dead ferret home. A small population was found and today the Black-footed ferret is making a comeback. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
The oldest dog ever verified was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived for 29 years & 5 months wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluey_…
A 3,000-acre wilderness wolf sanctuary in Frazier Park, CA helps heal military veterans who have treatment-resistent PTSD. Vets are paired with hurt, abandoned and exploited captive wolves/wolf-dog hybrids to tend to daily. laweekly.com/this-wolf-sa…
In 1920s, a famine struck Russia and forced people to eat raw seeds, grass, dirt, dogs, cats and leather horse harnesses. At its peak, people eat and sell human body parts as meat. Despite reports of cannibalism, the police took no action as it was deemed a legitimate method of survival. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rus…
Today I learned of the band Caninus. Heavy Metal band with real dogs on vocals. youtu.be/OrocEmhLsJk
Bears can be chased off by dogs, as they associate them with wolves, or humans. Where there's one wolf, there's usually a pack waiting. (Or some human with a gun/phone with animal control) bearwithus.org/understand…
Dogs have an extra sense in their nose that allows them to sense heat from nearby objects, acting like a thermal sensor. newatlas.com/biology/dogs…
The Maori in New Zealand had their own dogs, but they couldn't survive breeding with the european dogs so died out within 100 years of Captain cook's first voyage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kur…
Service dogs go through a β€œPublic Access Test” where among other things they must stay put as a plate of food is placed 18” from them for one minute and then taken away iaadp.org/iaadp-minimum-t…
An $80M inheritance left to a dog (Gunther III) has grown to over $400M and left to his son Gunther IV shepped.com/german-shephe…
Snoop dog has a full time blunt roller on staff. consequenceofsound.net/20…
Cats and dogs can be allergic to humans understandinganimalresear…
Collecting toad sperm is easy; many release it in urine. Scoop 'em up and they urinate/ejaculate in fear. But what if they don't? According to Diane Barber of Fort Worth Zoo: "It's kind of weird, but if you hold them in your hand and look at them and bark at them like a dog, then they will pee". phys.org/news/2019-11-1st…
Sled dogs can run without getting tired because their bodies can directly burn fat and protein for energy whereas other animals need carbs to do so. youtube.com/watch?v=HDG4G…
, cheetah unlike the other big cats have claws like dogs which isn't fully retractable. Their feet structure is maximized for speedy chases on prey, leopard & lion can't achieve. ypte.org.uk/factsheets/ch…
There are 4.7 million dog bites in the US each year, and 800,000 of those bites result in medical care. That means a dog bites 1 out of every 69 people. caninejournal.com/dog-bit…
During the early days of the Soviet space program, one of the "Orbital survivabilty volunteer" dogs, named "Bobik", ran away days before his first flight. His replacement was named ZIB, a Russian acronym for "Substitute for Missing Bobik". He survived. gizmodo.com/the-tragic-ta…
The iconic Civil Rights photo of Walter Gadsen being attacked by a police dog was a mistake. Gadsen had no interest in the Civil Rights movement, but was skipping school, when he stumbled into a cop and frightened his dog. The cop was pulling his dog away. belzian.com/racism-and-wh…

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