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Intriguing Facts about Dogs and Cats

By Linda Cole

Most pet owners spend a lot of time bonding with their pets and learning all about them. We know where they like to be scratched, if a thunderstorm will upset them, how they respond to strangers, or if a stubborn streak will try your patience. Each pet is unique with their own personality, but as a species all dogs and cats are intriguing. Here are 13 facts you may not know about your pet.

1. A dog’s sense of smell is so powerful that some can detect odors buried 40 feet underground or track whale scat in the ocean. We have around 5 million scent receptors in our nose, but canine noses are equipped with around 125 to 300 million scent receptors, depending on the breed.

2. A common belief is that all cats are lactose intolerant and shouldn’t be given milk, but that’s not true for every feline. Some don’t have a problem drinking milk; however, after weaning they don’t need milk, and it can upset a cat’s tummy if she drinks too much. As long as your cat can tolerate it, there’s nothing wrong with giving her an occasional saucer of milk in addition to a quality cat food like CANIDAE. If you want to know if your kitty can have some milk now and then, give a small amount and wait 24 hours. If she doesn’t develop diarrhea, a little milk as a treat is fine.

3. A dog’s wet nose helps capture scent particles, and if his nose is dry, he may lick it to help him catch a scent. They can wiggle each nostril independently, and they know which nostril a smell entered, which helps them locate the source of a smell. The nose is made up of ridges and dimples unique to an individual dog, and is believed to be as individual as our fingerprints are. Felines also have a nose print that can be used to identify an individual cat.

4. Cats that live on their own don’t communicate by meowing to each other. Domesticated cat meows and yowls are used to communicate with humans. Felines have a fairly sophisticated vocalization range of about 100 different meows or yowls. Dogs only have about 10 different barks, yips or snarls.

5. Dogs have a disconnected shoulder blade, which gives them a better range of motion when running and jumping. Most canines can run at around 19 mph at full speed.

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Fascinating Dog Facts


By Linda Cole

Dogs are such interesting creatures. We’ve had an association with them for centuries, but scientists have only recently begun to understand how unique and special they are. Because of selective breeding over the years, we’ve been able to tame the wild beast, so to speak, but there are still mysteries we need to unravel. Most of our modern day breeds were created just a short time ago in relation to how long man and dogs have been working together as a team. We are still discovering interesting dog facts about our canine friends dog lovers may not know.

Research has shown that children who grow up with pets in the home have 31% fewer respiratory tract infections and 44% fewer ear infections, and are 29% less likely to need antibiotics. A dog in the home can even help protect kids from the common cold and reduce the chance of your child developing asthma.

The Norwegian Lundehund, native to Norway, has some rather unique characteristics not found in any other dog breed. The dog has six toes on each foot, erect ears that can be folded closed at will – forwards or backwards – and they can bend their head backwards so far it touches their backbone. The breed is also called the Norwegian Puffin Dog; Lunde means puffin, and hund means dog.

Greyhounds can reach a top speed of 45 mph, making them the fastest dog on earth, but the Siberian Husky has endurance to outlast most other breeds. A team of Huskies can travel 100 or more miles per day at an average speed of 11 mph.

We know dogs were the first animals domesticated by us, but it’s still not known exactly when that took place. The belief by researchers is that domestication took place around 15,000 years ago, but a 50,000 year old cave painting in Spain shows what experts believe is a dog-like figure in the painting.

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Dog Trivia Quiz

By Julia Williams

Many of you had a lot of fun with the Kitty Cat Trivia Quiz I posted a few weeks ago, so now it’s time for Dog Trivia! I’m making this quiz a wee bit harder, because I know how many devoted dog lovers there are out there, and I think most of you know a lot about dogs. We’ll see!

1. Which dog breed is sometimes referred to as “the Little Lion,” and why?
A. Poodle
B. Lowchen
C. Chow Chow
D. Samoyed

2. What does the phrase “three dog night” refer to?
A. Dogs fighting
B. A pack of wild dogs roaming at night
C. A Jazz Band from the 1920s
D. The temperature

3. What did psychologist Sigmund Freud’s dog supposedly do?
A. Barked at anyone Freud didn’t like
B. Saved Freud’s life by alerting him to an intruder
C. Attended all of Freud’s therapy sessions
D. Nothing – Freud hated dogs and did not own any

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Interesting and Fun Facts About Dogs

By Linda Cole

Dogs have been man’s best friend for centuries, which means we’ve had a lot of time to discover interesting and fun facts about them. They take their responsibility of protecting us seriously. Dogs entertain us and save us when we need help. We share a long history together, but they still amaze us.

If you’re trying to teach your dog to catch a ball, take a knotted up piece of fabric or something soft, like a nerf ball, to help your dog learn how to catch.

Like people, some dogs can have low self esteem and it’s important to give lots of praise and rewards to them along with plenty of attention to help them feel better about themselves.

The reason dogs turn in circles before lying down is because of a natural instinct hard wired into them from their wilder days. Turning in circles flattens tall grass so they can make their bed in it.

If your dog is a mixed breed dog, he’ll most likely have the same behavioral traits of the breed he looks like the most.

When your dog growls while someone in the family is playing and roughhousing around, he isn’t upset, he just wants in on the fun. It’s just his way of asking if he can play, too.

Dogs do see in color, but it’s not as vivid or to the same degree as what we see. It’s similar to how we see color at dusk.

The world’s heaviest and longest dog on record was an Old English Mastiff named Zorba. In 1989, Zorba was measured at 8 ft and 3 in. nose to tail and weighed in at an impressive 343 lbs. The smallest dog was a Yorkie from Blackburn, England who was no bigger than most cell phones. He weighed 4 ounces and measured only 2.5” tall and 3.75” long. The oldest known dog was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived to a ripe old age of 29 years and 5 months.

The world’s best drug sniffing dogs had a price put on their heads because they were so good. Rocky and Barco patrolled the area between Texas and Mexico called “Cocaine Alley.” Mexican drug lords offered a reward of $30,000 for each dog to anyone who could get rid of them. Together, the dogs racked up 969 cocaine and other drug seizures worth $128 million in 1988, and they are credited with the largest amount of drugs seized by dogs.

A Labrador named Snag, a U.S. customs drug sniffing dog, has 118 drug seizures under his belt totaling $810 million.

If you want a water-loving breed, don’t adopt a Basset Hound. With such short legs and two-thirds of their weight in front, Bassets can swim only very short distances with great difficulty, and some can’t swim at all. Greyhounds are the fastest breed, and can reach speeds up to 45 mph.

The dog on the Cracker Jack box is named Bingo.

We know how terrific a dog’s nose is when it comes to rooting out smells. But it also keeps them cool. The longer a dog’s nose, the better it helps him to stay cool. A dog’s nose print is as unique as our fingerprints, and you can identify an individual dog by his nose print. The Bloodhound has such a discriminating nose he can identify more than one scent at the same time.

There are more than 700 purebred dog breeds. The Egyptians trained the Saluki to track game, and this is thought to be the oldest known breed. You will find dogs mentioned 14 times in the Bible.

A Pekingese, Newfoundland and Pomeranian were aboard the Titanic when she went down and were the only dogs among the survivors. The Newfoundland was named Rigel and he is credited with saving people stranded in the water by pushing debris to them to hang on to. When the Carpathia arrived on the scene it almost ran over a lifeboat full of survivors. Rigel swam between the lifeboat and Carpathia barking until the Captain heard him and stopped the ship before it hit the lifeboat.

A German Shepherd guide dog and her blind owner walked the entire 2,100 miles of the Appalachian Trail.

Rin Tin Tin was found in a bombed out war dog kennel during WW I in France. A corporal in the U.S. army discovered him with his mother and 4 siblings. He was only 5 days old. Rin Tin Tin is named after a French puppet.

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Doggie Tails: Trivia and Tidbits

By Anna Lee

Have you ever wondered if your favorite actress, singer or other celebrity owns the same breed of dog that you have? Did Teddy Roosevelt have a dog? Can’t think of a movie with a German Shepherd Dog? I’ve done some research, and following are the interesting tidbits and trivia I came up with regarding our tail wagging stars.

Tidbits and Trivia

The Obama Family, as most of you probably know, are new owners of a Portuguese Water Dog that was given to them by Ted Kennedy. Senator Kennedy and his wife own several of the breed. If you are interested in getting one of those adorable puppies, check out the Portuguese Water Dog Club of America for a list of available pups.

Our former Presidents have had a variety of dogs. George Washington had 10 hounds, while Thomas Jefferson had a Sheepdog. Ulysses S. Grant had a Newfie named Faithful. Teddy Roosevelt had several breeds including a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Sailor Boy. LBJ was known for his Beagles, Jimmy Carter had a “mixed breed” named Grits, while the Clintons had Cockers before they had a Chocolate Lab living in the White House.

Oprah at one time had a house full of Yellow Labs with a few Cockers. Now she is down to two Cockers and three Golden Retrievers. Elton John also favors Cocker Spaniels. Ellen Degeneres had a rescue Border Collie. Bob Barker of “The Price is Right” fame owned a Labrador named Winston.

Martha Stewart is known for her Chow dogs. Ashley Judd, the adorable daughter of Noami Judd, has a Cockapoo that was a gift from her famous mom. Trisha Yearwood (Mrs. Garth Brooks) had a mutt. Alan Jackson has been known to carry around his 4 pound Yorkie, Coco Chanel.

There have been many TV shows, commercials and movies featuring dogs. Here are some in no particular order.


Who could not love Lassie – a Collie
Lady and the Tramp – Cocker Spaniel and a mixed breed
Out of Africa – Scottish Deer Hound
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin – German Shepherd
Beethoven – St. Bernard
Down and Out in Beverly Hills – Border Collie
Honey I Shrunk the Kids – Jack Russell Terrier
The tearful Old Yeller – Lab (although some think it was not pure lab)
The modern day tear jerker, Marley and Me – Lab
Topper – St. Bernard
Air Bud – Golden Retriever


Bush Beans Spokes-Dog, Duke – Golden Retriever
Flea and Tick product commercials – yellow lab puppies
Cottonelle toilet paper commercials – yellow lab puppies

Did you know?

* The oldest living dog resides in Long Island, NY; it’s a Dachshund by the name of Channel. She was entered in the Guinness World Book of Records in May of 2009. Channel is 21 human years old, which is 120 in dog years!

* The greyhound can reach speed of 45 mph.

* The Irish Wolfhound is the tallest dog, and measures 36 inches at the shoulders. They range in weight from 100-125 pounds.

* The Great Dane is the second tallest dog at 32 inches at the shoulder, and can weigh about 120.
* The St. Bernard, the shortest of the giant dogs at 30 inches at the shoulder, can weigh up to 200 pounds.

* The smallest dog is a long-haired Chihuahua that stands at 4 inches tall and weighs 8 ounces.

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