Monday, October 18, 2010

Your Pet Dog

            Dogs have been man's pet for over 14,000 years. Scientists know that man and dogs have had a relationship for many years through their study of cave drawings, early pottery, and Asian ivory carvings. Still majority of us love dogs and and like to keep them as pets. Today I am going to give you some interesting facts about your pet dog.

When a puppy is born, he is blind, deaf, and toothless. After birth, puppies’ eyes do not fully open until they’re about 12 days old. Their vision is not fully developed until after the 1st month. Dogs live 15 years on average. The oldest dog on record – a Queensland “Heeler” named Bluey – was 29 years, 5 months old. The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5" tall at the shoulder, 3.5" from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces. A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human.

Different smells in the a dog’s urine can tell other dogs whether the dog leaving the message is female or male, old or young, sick or healthy, happy or angry.

The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.

A person should never kick a dog facing him or her. Some dogs can bite 10 times before a human can respond.

Some dogs can smell dead bodies under water, where termites are hiding, and natural gas buried under 40 feet of dirt. They can even detect cancer that is too small to be detected by a doctor and can find lung cancer by sniffing a person’s breath.

A person standing still 300 yards away is almost invisible to a dog. But a dog can easily identify its owner standing a mile away if the owner is waving his arms.

Dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human’s finger prints and can be used to accurately identify them.
A dog’s smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than that of a human’s which they need because their eyesight is not as keen as a human’s.

A dog most likely interprets a smiling person as baring their teeth, which is an act of aggression.

An African wolf dog known as the basenji is the only dog in the world that cannot bark. This is because rather than barking, these dogs yodels.

Some Dogs of History

The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in 17th century England when it is believed that many cats and dogs drowned during heavy periods of rain.

Lhasa Apso(Tibbet) breed of dogs were used to guard the temple by monks.

Hollywood’s first and arguably best canine superstar Rin Tin Tin was a five-day-old German Shepherd found wounded in battle in WWI France and adopted by an American soldier, Lee Duncan and he really signed his movie contracts – all 22 of them with a paw print.

The Wizard of Oz’s Toto was played by a female Cairn Terrier named Terry

A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion the entire 2100 mile Applachian Trail

In Roman times, mastiffs donned light armor and were sent after mounted knights.
Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples of China for centuries.

After the fall of Rome, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.

In Second World War, Russians trained dogs to run suicide missions between the tracks of German tanks with mines strapped on their backs.

Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic – a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese

In Iran, it is against the law to own a dog as a pet. However, if an owner can prove the dog is a guard or hunting dog, this restriction doesn’t apply.

Laika, a Russian stray was the world’s first ever space astronaut dog which was sent into space in 1957 by the Russian government.Though she died in space, her daughter Pushnika had four puppies with President John F. Kennedy’s terrier, Charlie.

The ancient religion Zoroastrianism includes in its religious text titled the Zend Avesta a section devoted to the care and breeding of dogs.

The dog was frequently depicted in Greek art, including Cerberus, the three-headed hound guarding the entrance to the underworld, and the hunting dogs which accompanied the virgin goddess of the chase, Diana.

In Egypt, a person bitten by a rabid dog was encouraged to eat the roasted liver of a dog infected with rabies to avoid contracting the disease. The tooth of a dog infected with rabies would also be put in a band tied to the arm of the person bitten. The menstrual blood of a female dog was used for hair removal, while dog genitals were used for preventing the whitening of hair.

We normally leave a note near the gate saying “Beware of dogs”; in ancient Roman cities, you can find this message on the doorsteps.

Alexander the great loved dogs and this fact can be understood by the fact that he named a city with a dog name, Peritas.

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