Neurodiversity Awareness/Appreciation

Neurodiversity Awareness/Appreciation

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Stuff I Know About Dogs

Hi everyone! I don't have a lot to write about today because I have been doing nothing but sitting around on my buttocks lately don't want to brag too much about my exciting adventures lately. So I thought I'd tell you some of the things I know about dogs. You may know that I really love animals...all animals... but especially dogs. I have a notebook in which I keep important things such as photos  and momentos and what not, and I also have some pages where I write down facts that I learn about dogs. Want to hear them? Of course you do! Listen up! 

1. Dogs have sweat glands in the pads of their paws. This is really the only place they sweat from. If it is hot out, the best way to help a dog cool off is to put some cool water on his paw pads!

2. The reason dogs' noses are wet is because the wetness helps attract more scent particles so that they can smell more things. When they lick their noses, they are actually able to taste the scent particles that they are smelling! The wet stuff is not saliva. Its mucus! Their wet noses also help to keep them cool.

3. The name of the dog on the Cracker Jack box is Bingo! The name of the Taco Bell chihuahua is Gidget, and she's a rescued dog! The name of the Target dog is Bullseye, and he is a pit bull! The original Target dog's name was Smudgie, and he was a  Kingsmere Moondoggie, which is a breed I am not familiar with. 

4. Basenjis are born unable to bark! But they do have voices. They can growl or whine, and they can make a yodeling sound sometimes. 

5. The smallest dog in history was a four ounce Yorkshire Terrier. The current smallest dog is Heaven Sent Brandy, a chihuahua who is six inches long from nose to tail. 
Heaven Sent Brandy

5 1/2. The smallest breed of dog is the chihuahua. The average chihuahua is four to six pounds. Tea cup chihuahuas (weighing less than four pounds) cannot be purposely bred. When you see a very tiny chihuahua weighing less than four pounds, it is usually because the dog was the runt of her litter or had/has health problems. They can be difficult to own because their bones are like toothpicks so they can't play very much or jump off furniture, and their diet must be carefully regulated because they can only eat a little at a time and are prone to blood sugar problems. 

6. Dogs can hear sounds four times further away than humans have. They have 18 or more moving muscles in each ear. They can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second! 

7. Dogs can see in color! Not all colors, though, They can detect blues and yellows.Red and green look the same to them... similar to a color blind person's sight! Also, dogs see better in low light than in bright light. They have membranes in their eyes to help them see in the dark. 

8. The BIGGEST dog in history was an English Mastiff that weight 343 pounds! The current largest living dog is Zeus, a Great Dane from Michigan who is more than seven feet from nose to tail, and 44 inches from foot to shoulder.

9. The average dog can run 19 miles per hour. But Greyhounds can reach up to 45 miles per hour! 

10. The average temperature for a dog is 102 degrees.

11. The oldest dog in history was Buddy, an Australian Cattle Dog (just like my dog-cousin!) who lived to be 29 years old. 

12. The most ancient breed of dog is the Greyhound.

13. Dogs have 220 million smell detecting cells in their noses. The scent-detecting area of their brain is four times larger than that of a human. Dogs can smell 1,000 times better than humans. They can also detect individual smells even when mixed together. For instance, while a human might smell cookies baking, a dog can smell the chocolate, the sugar, the flour, the eggs, etc, all separately. 

14. Dogs have 1,700 taste buds. Humans have 10,000. Dogs can detect the tastes of bitter, sweet, salty and sour, but not as well as we can. They especially like the taste of meat, but they also enjoy sweet things. In the wild, dogs will supplement their diets with fruits and berries that are sweet.

15. By smelling another dog's urine, a dog can tell the gender, age, health and mood of a dog. They can also tell these things by sniffing each other's butts, which is why they like to greet each other that way! A frightened dog will put his tail between his legs to hide his scent glands. (Have you ever heard that dogs can "smell fear?" It is true!) 

16. Male dogs raise their legs to pee so that they can aim higher, to make themselves seem bigger. Some dogs have even been known to jump up while peeing on something, to get as high as possible!

17. Dogs have the intelligence of a two to three year old child. They can understand 150 to 200 words. Just because your dog can't talk, doesn't mean she doesn't understand what you're saying! 

18. Boston Terriers's eyes can pop right out of their heads when they get excited! A veterinarian or other experienced person can pop their eyes back in for them. 
This Boston Terrier's eye popped out, but the vet put it back.
He now does not have peripheral vision, but other than that
he is okay! 

19. A dog's heart beats 70 to 120 times per minute!

20. Many dogs don't like when it rains, because the sound of the raindrops on surfaces hurts their ears. 

21. Dogs' whiskers are touch sensitive, and can detect changes in air flow!

22. Teddy Roosevelt had a pit bull named Pete!

23. Chow Chows and Shar Peis have black tongues. 

24. Poodles are natural swimmers. They would swim out to retrieve game ducks for hunters. The traditional poodle hair cut was originally meant to help improve their swimming ability. The pom poms left on their fur helped to keep them warm. And by the way, poodles were originally bred in Germany, not France. 

25. Newfoundlands have webbed feet because they were bred to help fishermen and rescue drowning people. Their coats are water resistant. 

26. Dogs dream just like us, and go through similar sleep stages. They curl up when they're asleep to stay warm and to protect themselves from predators. (My dogs sleep all spread out though, taking up as much room as they can!) Also, 21% of dogs snore! 

27. When dogs kick at the ground after peeing or pooping, they are using the scent glands in their paws to spread their scent around and further mark their territory. 

28. Boxers got their name because they stand up on their hind legs and "box" with their paws when they play. 

29. Basset hounds cannot swim at all. 

30. The largest overall breed of dogs is the Irish Wolf Hound. These dogs are the size of small ponies!  But they are generally very sweet and gentle dogs, and can be referred to as gentle giants. Sadly, their average lifespan is only seven years. 
Irish Wolfhound

31. I lost 31. Sorry!

32. The heaviest breed is the Saint Bernard. This dog's average weight is 140 to 264 pounds! 

33. The only two mammals with prostate glands are dogs, and humans. 

34. A dog's noseprint is unique, just like a human's fingerprint, and can even be used to identify a lost dog. 

35. Dogs have lived alongside humans for 14,000 years. Cats have only lived with humans for 7,000 years. This may be why dogs are considered more "domesticated" than cats.

36. Dogs can have allergies, just like people. They may sneeze and/or get red, watery eyes just like humans. More commonly, they will itch (especially on their feet) and will try to scratch and bite at the itchy spots. 

37. Dogs can make about ten different vocalizations. 

38. 58% of people include their dogs in their annual holiday pictures. 

39. The rarest dog breed in the world is the Cesky Terrier. There are only 350 of them in the world! 
Apparently this is a Cesky Terrier. Ever seen one?

40. When recording the song "A Day In The Life," Paul McCartney included a high-pitched whistle only dogs can hear. He did that as a way of saying hi to his dog, a Shetland Sheep dog! 

Paul McCartney and his dog

41. Dogs can count up to five. The experiments that proved this included giving a dog a certain number of treats, and then taking one away when the dog wasn't looking. The dogs knew the difference and looked for the missing treat! 

Okay, everyone. Are your minds boggled with all these dog facts? I have some cat and other animal facts I'll tell you on a different day!

For today's Happiness Challenge, I am happy that I got to eat strawberry Gelato at Mariano's today. But that is about it. I told you it's been a boring day! 

Have a great weekend! 

1 comment :

  1. Thank you for explaining something that's always confused me -- why a dog will sniff the butt of another dog he knows well and clearly recognizes. Now I know: He's checking his friend's mood!

    That sheepdog you show with Paul is his beloved Martha. He wrote "Martha, My Dear" on The White Album about her ("Don't forget me" because he was traveling a lot and was worried she wouldn't remember him when he came home, and "Hold your head up, you silly girl, look what you've done" because she would wander around with her nose to the ground, look up, and think she was lost).


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