Wednesday, July 27, 2011

10 Facts about Dogs

  1. It is estimated 1 million U.S. dogs are named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner's will.
  2. All dogs across all breeds are descendants of wolves; dogs and wolves are technically the same species.
  3. Many canine foot disorders are the result of untrimmed nails.
  4. Dogs can find the source of a noise in 6/100ths of a second. They use the swiveling motion of their ears like radar dishes.
  5. Dogs have three eyelids – the upper lid, the lower lid, and a third lid called a nictitating membrane (also known as a 'haw') that helps keep the eye moist and provides protection.
  6. The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog, Bluey. Bluey lived over 29 years.
  7. The grief suffered when a pet dog dies is often the same intensity of grief felt when a human friend or family member dies.
  8. There are over 700 types of purebred dogs.
  9. Dogs do not have an appendix.
  10. Dogs keen sense of smell allows them to locate dead bodies under water, termites, natural gas buried deep in the earth and even human cancers.
(Source:  Karen Becker, DVM)

Catching 'rays, © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved
The above image, Catching 'rays, is available for sale on my website as an original painting, print and magnet.

Here is the original painting in a gallery setting:

(left - right) Flea Bag, Catching 'rays, Reigning Cats and Dogs, © Susan Calvert, all rights reserved
(White streaks in the picture are reflections from fluorescent lights.)

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