These being the "dog days of summer" and all - OK, technically they're over; according to space.com, the "dog days" are defined as the period from July 3 through Aug. 11 when the Dog Star, Sirius, rises in conjunction with the sun (cue the Fifth Dimension's "Age of Aquarius") - I decided to take the concept quite literally, and regale you with dog trivia - some useful, some interesting, and some downright astounding.
Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic (from First Class cabins, of course) – two Pomeranians and one Pekingese.
Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep due to an age-old instinct to keep themselves warm and protect their abdomen and vital organs from predators.
Two stray dogs in Afghanistan saved 50 American soldiers. A Facebook group raised $21,000 to bring the dogs back to the US and reunite them with the soldiers.
Some stray dogs have in Russia figured out how to use the subway system in order to travel to more populated areas in search of food.
In ancient China, an emperor’s last line of defense was a small Pekingese dog literally hidden up his sleeve.
Tiger Woods stuttered as a child and used to talk to his dog until he fell asleep in an effort to get rid of it.
Baks the blind boxer has a seeing eye goose named Buttons. Buttons the four-year-old goose leads her pup everywhere either by hanging onto him with her neck, or by honking to tell him which way to go.
In 1860′s San Francisco, two stray dogs who were best friends became local celebrities. Their exploits were celebrated in local papers and they were granted immunity from the city’s dog catchers.
One of Michael Vick’s former fighting dogs, Leo, went on to be a therapy dog for dying children.
Naki’o, lost all of his legs to frostbite in Colorado, but now has four prosthetic legs and can run around like normal.
Dogs are capable of: understanding up to 250 words and gestures, counting up to five, and performing simple mathematical calculations. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child and most politicians....OK, I made up the politician thing, but if the shoe fits....
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