50 Interesting Facts About Dogs

1Endal dog

After his disabled owner was struck by a car, 'Endal' the service dog pulled his unconscious owner into the recovery position, retrieved his mobile phone from beneath the car, fetched a blanket and covered him, and then ran to a nearby hotel to obtain help

2. In 2008 a dog tried to save his owners lives after 5 armed pirates hijacked their yacht off the coast of Venezuela. After the men climbed aboard the dog furiously attacked them, biting and snapping until he was stabbed then shot. The dog survived and the pirates left almost empty-handed.

3. A three-year-old Russian girl named Karina Chikitova who survived for 11 days in Siberian taiga forest by drinking from a creek and eating berries while being protected by her dog which went to get help after nine days and returned with rescuers.

4. There was once a type of dog called the Turnspit dog which would run in a wheel to turn meat so it would cook evenly. The breed went extinct when machines were invented to turn the meat instead.

5. Prairie dogs have such a complex means of communication that they can embed descriptions of predators within their calls, and even have a specific call to describe a man with a gun.

6Television

Dogs have only recently been able to watch TV, with the advent of HDTV with their higher framerates. Before that, with CRT's, it was like watching a strobe light.

7. A Russian dog whose owners were killed in a car accident. Despite attempts to adopt or rehome him, the dog refused to leave the site of the accident and waited for them until it died 7 years later. The city informally adopted the dog and dedicated a statue honor its loyalty.

8. When the TV show "Frasier" was at its most popular, Moose (the dog who played Eddie) received more fan mail than any of the human characters

9. Bomb and Drug-sniffing dogs will eventually develop psychological problems if they never find any, and must occasionally be taken on dummy missions to satisfy their 'prey-drive.'

10. The price of admission for a zoo in 18th century England was a dog or a cat -- they were fed to the lions.

11Canary Islands

The Canary Islands were named after the Latin word for dog (Canariae Insulae, “Island of Dogs”). It is the canary birds who are named after the island, not the other way around.

12. An African Wild Dog named Solo, after losing her entire pack to a lion ambush, exhibited unprecedented behavior by forming a surrogate pack including a Hyena with whom she would typically want to kill, and a family of Black-backed Jackals, with pups that she treated as her own.

13. A blind man named Albert Rizzi was kicked off a US Airways flight after his service dog repositioned itself several times during a 2-hour delay. The passengers demanded that he be let back on and the flight attendant responsible be kick off instead. The flight was eventually canceled.

14. Humans' and Dogs' brains have evolved to understand each others' vocalizations to some degree, including dogs understanding human laughter.

15. During 8 years living in a UK animal shelter, a dog named Jasmine was a ‘surrogate mother’ to over 50 rescued animals; including puppies, foxes, 4 badger cubs, 15 chicks, 8 guinea pigs, 15 rabbits, a deer and a goose. She nursed each with affection, taking care of them as soon as they arrived.

16Blind people

Blind people can get issued a guide horse. Miniature horses are used instead of guide dogs if the person is, for example, afraid of, or allergic to, dogs.

17. There is a territory in Costa Rica called Territorio De Zaguates (Land of the Strays) which is basically a huge no-kill dog shelter where you can hike for free with the dogs

18. Napoleon Bonaparte was once moved to tears by the grief of a dog who he found sitting with its owner's body

19. There are 'porn sniffing dogs' that are trained to find hidden thumb drives, hard drives and SD cards for child pornography cases. One such dog was used to help bring down Jared Fogle.

20. In the first study to show the hormonal bonding between humans and another species, it was found that staring into your dog's eyes causes a rise in oxytocin - the same hormone that bonds human mothers to infants.

21Tomboy

If a female dog grows in the womb between two male dogs, she may turn out to be a "tomboy" due to testosterone exposure and demonstrate masculine behaviors such as lifting her leg to pee.

22. The Ancient Romans had a method for choosing the best puppies out of a litter which involved surrounding a litter with an oil-soaked string and setting it on fire. The mother dog would jump over the ring of flames and rescue each puppy one by one, it was believed, in order of their merit.

23. When Adolf Hitler decided to commit suicide, he fed some cyanide to his dog to make sure it worked. His private nurse later said that the people in the bunker were more distraught by the death of his dog than that of his wife, Eva Braun.

24. In 2012 a Pit Bull named Lilly pulled her unconscious owner from the path of an oncoming freight train. The driver said he saw the dog frantically pulling at the woman, not giving up even though the train didn’t stop in time. The dog saved the woman and survived impact injuries herself.

25. The marathon of the 1904 Olympics had many bizarre events including someone driving to the finish line and pretending to win, someone winning by using rat poison as a stimulant, someone taking a nap and still finishing 4th, and someone being chased a mile off course by aggressive dogs.

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