Take time to appreciate the love and value that dogs bring to our daily lives, and to do your bit for homeless and abused dogs all over the world. From keeping us safe, working for the emergency services to supporting people who are blind, deaf or disabled, dogs do a lot for us humans.
Recommendations for ways to celebrate Dog Day range from adopting a dog from a rescue home to giving your dog a holistic spa treatment or even buying yourself and your dog matching t-shirts.
Some Fun Facts we wanted to share about dogs:
– There are more than 150 dog breeds, divided into 8 classes: sporting, hound, working, terrier, toy, non-sporting, herding, and miscellaneous.
-According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.
– Dogs can vary in size from a 36 inch (150+ lb.) Great Dane to a 2 lb. Chihuahua.
-Puppies and kittens can be adopted as early as 8 weeks of age. Until then, they should stay with their moms and littermates.
-About 1/3 of the dogs that are surrendered to animal shelters are purebred dogs.
– Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.
-Dogs may not have as many taste buds as we do (they have about 1,700 on their tongues, while we humans have about 9,000), but that doesn’t mean they’re not discriminating eaters. They have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses (we have only 5 million) so it’s important that their food smells good and tastes good.
-Former US President Teddy Roosevelt had a Pit Bull named Pete.
– If a dog isn’t spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate and their offspring can product 67,000 dogs in 6 years.
-The most successful mountain rescue dog ever was a St Bernard named Barry, who lived during the early 1800’s and saved 40 lives.
– Nearly all but two breeds of dogs have pink tongues: the Chow Chow and the Shar-pei both have black tongues.
– The top five favorite breeds of dogs in the US are: Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German Shepherd, Beagle, and Dachshund.
– Greyhounds can reach a speed of up to 45 miles per hour.
-A dog’s whiskers — found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws — are technically known as vibrissae. They are touch-sensitive hairs than actually sense minute changes in airflow.]
-The Basenji is the only barkless dog in the world.
-Feeling a big anxious? Studies indicate that petting your dog can lower your blood pressure.
-Dogs’ sense of hearing can reach four times the distance of humans.
-A typical dog has the same brain aptitude level as a toddler. Dogs can comprehend about 250 words and count up to 5.
-The phrase “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” was born in Germany in the 17th century. When storms flooded the streets, dogs and cats were often pulled into the currents.
-Out of the 12 that were on board, three dogs survived the Titanic: two small Pomeranians and a Pekinese.