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Fun Facts About Dogs…Betcha Didn’t Know!

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Jessie, the wise and intellectual dog: Finally!  Another opportunity to showcase my intelligent thoughts, ideas, and understandings….something that mangy cat around here knows nothing about!  If you are a dog lover, then these fun facts about dogs are bound to entertain, enlighten, and inspire you!  Read on…

  • A dog’s shoulder blades are not attached to the rest of its skeleton, providing for greater flexibility when running.
  • The ancient Egyptians revered their dogs.  Whenever a pet dog passed away, the owner would shave off his eyebrows, smear mud in his hair, and cry aloud for days.
  • Plato once pontificated that “a dog has the soul of a philosopher.”
  • It costs about $10,000.00 to train a federally-certified search and rescue dog.  (And you thought college was expensive!)
  • The first sense that dogs develop is that of touch.  The entire body, even the paws, is covered with touch-sensitive nerve endings.
  • The nose prints of dogs are just as unique as the fingerprints of humans and can be used for identification purposes.
  • The average dog can run about 19 mph.  Good luck if he escapes from your grip and you are in dress shoes!
  • Dogs can understand about 150-200 words, including hand signals and hand movements that possess the same meaning as the words.
  • A person standing still 300 yards away is almost invisible to a dog, but a dog can readily recognize its owner standing a mile away if the owner is waving his arms.
  • Different smells in a dog’s urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the “message” is a male or a female, happy or upset, young or old, sick or healthy.
  • The most intelligent dogs are supposedly the Border Collie and the Poodle.  Enough said.  Gotta go!

Thanks to for these interesting tidbits!


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