I found some Cool Dog Fun Facts I think are interesting, and I want to share them with you! Did you know dogs should have eye protection? Dog goggles are great when they’re riding in a car or bike!
My life would be empty without our dogs. When I need someone to talk to and I’m the only human in the house, my Miniature Schnauzer Murphy always listens. I truly believe dogs are tuned into our emotions.
My husband and I had an argument, and I needed to go for a walk to cool off. I decided to take our dog Buddy with me. Buddy was a special dog. I rescued him from a puppy mill where he’d spent 11 years of his life. He was a white Miniature Schnauzer, and the people I rescued him from had his voice box removed sdogo when he wanted to bark, no sound would come out. Every time he wanted to bark, it broke my heart to see his mouth move without noise. I held his leash in my hand and called him out to the porch. Buddy had heard the argument. He couldn’t bark but he wasn’t deaf. Buddy walked up to my husband’s golf bag on the porch, lifted his leg, and peed all over it. What a great dog! I gave him extra treats that night.
1. Do you remember Cracker Jacks? The name of the dog on the box is Bingo.
2. The Taco Bell Chihuahua is a rescue dog, named Gidget.
3. Dalmatians are totally white at birth.
4. Ozzy Osborne saved Susan’s (his wife) Pomeranian from a coyote. He tackled and wrestled the coyote until it released the Pomeranian.
5. Dogs are as smart as a 2 or 3 year old child. They can understand around 150 to 200 words, including signals and hand movements that have the same meaning as words.
6. Dogs like sweets more than cats do. Cats have about 473 taste buds, dogs have around 1,700 taste buds, and humans have around 9,000 taste buds.
7. In 1992, Countess Karlotta Libenstein of Germany left her dog Gunther III approximately $106 million.
8. The oldest dog was an Bluey, an Australian Cattle Dog who lived 29 years, 5 months. That’s over 160 years in human years.
9. It’s a known fact that petting dogs is proven to lower the blood pressure of dog owners.
10. There’s a survey out that says 33% of dog owners talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on answering machines while they’re away from home.
11. A “grumble” is a group of Pugs.
12. Basenjis are the only barkless dogs in the world.
13. Golden Retrievers are the best dogs to attract a date. Pit Bulls are the worst.
14. Dog nose prints are as unique as human finger prints. They can be used to identify them.
15. Chocolate, cooked onions, macadamia nuts, and anything with caffeine may be harmful to dogs.
16. Small quantities of raisins and grapes may cause renal failure in dogs.
17. Did you know dogs have 3 eyelids? The 3rd one is called a nictitating membrane or haw. It keeps the eye lubricated and protected.
18. Kublai Khan owned 5,000 dogs – that’s the most dogs ever owned by one person.
19. The American Kennel Club has been in existence since 1884.
20. In Palding, Ohio, police officers are allowed to bite a dog to quiet it.
21. In ancient China, dog trainers were held in high esteem. A lot of dog domestication, dwarfing and miniaturization also occurred in China.
22. Puppies are born deaf, toothless, and blind.
23. Dogs can locate the source of a sound in 1/600th of a second. They can hear sounds 4 times farther than humans can.
24. Dogs can learn spoken commands easier if they’re giving in conjunction with hand signals and/or gestures.
25. Two dogs are enough to form a pack. A pack is more likely to chase and hunt than a single dog on its own.
Our first Miniature Schnauzer loved riding on my scooter. I wanted to take him to work with me on the bike, but he needed eye protection. I found these dog goggles online, and the rest was history!
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