* Dog Stuff

#1 – A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human.

#2 – The average “city dog” lives 3 years longer than “country dogs”.

#3 – 87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch T.V. (in an independent survey)

#4 – Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures.

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

#6 – An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner’s will.

#7 – An American Animal Hospital Assoc. poll found that 33% of dog owners admit to talking to their dogs on the phone and leaving answering machine messages for them while away.

#8 – 70% of people sign their pet’s name on greeting and holiday cards and 58% put pets in family and holiday portraits.

#9 – A dog’s smell is more than 100,000 times stronger than that of a human’s.

#10 – Chocolate contains a substance known as theobromine (similar to caffeine) which can kill dogs or at the very least make them violently ill.

#11 – The longer a dog’s nose, the more effective it’s internal cooling system.

#12 – U.S. Customs dogs “Rocky” and “Barco” were so good at patrolling the border that Mexican drug lords put a $300,000 bounty on their heads.

#13 – A dog’s heart beats up to 120 times per minute, or 50% faster than the average human heartbeat of 80 times per minute.

#14 – Dogs live 15 years on average.

#15 – An African wolf dog known as the Basenji is the only dog in the world that cannot bark.

#16 – Only dogs and humans have prostates.

#17 – Bingo is the name of the dog on the side of the Cracker Jack box.

#18 – Humans have kept dogs as pets for over 12,000 years.

#19 – A dog’s mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch, with some as high as 450.

#20 – It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.

#21 – Basset Hounds cannot swim.

#22 – Obesity is the #1 health problem among dogs.

#23 – Dogs have two times as many muscles to move their ears as people.

#24 – Wolves and dogs can mate to produce fertile offspring.

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