Still, I can’t help but feel as though we’d all be a lot less productive. I’m sure that we would be sleeping for an extra six hours a day, and sniffing each other’s butts for an extra four. Maybe it’s best if we just live with our hounds like we always have, befriending and playing with them as much as we can.
Did you know that a dog’s sense of smell is so good because their noses have about 300 million individual smell receptors? That essentially just means that they can sense a wider array of smells in greater detail, which is a pretty neat skill to have. Humans, on the other hand, only have about 5 million smell cells.
Therapy dogs are some of the most popular emotional support animals around, both in schools and professional environments. There are several psychological and biological changes that humans undergo when they interact with dogs, which is what makes these popular pets such a treat to have around.
While humans can be identified by our unique fingerprints, the only good way to identify a dog as a specific animal is to use their nose print. It’s easier said than done to get your dog’s nose checked, but that’s the best way of categorizing your pooch since each dog has its own unique nose pattern.
In addition to having more smell receptors, dogs also possess twice as many ear muscles as the average human. That’s why they’re able to essentially “hear in 360 degrees”. I wish I could twitch my ears like a great Dane. That would be super helpful for a number of reasons. Just imagine being able to watch TV from a different room!
Mother dogs can be as ferocious and protective as any other animal is with their child, but they’re also able to nurses their pups extremely well. One of the reasons dog reproduction is so easy and quick is because mother dogs will only carry their puppies for 60 days before they’re born. Maternity leave would be a lot easier if humans only took two months to give birth!
Contrary to popular belief, dogs are not colorblind. They can see colors as vividly and brightly as a human can, and the notion that they can only see black and white is simply an urban legend. That doesn’t mean that they’re perfectly healthy, however. Dogs are prone to getting a number of diseases and conditions that they may or may not share with humans.
Dogs tend to live up to 11 years in age. Obviously, this number changes based on breed, environment and a whole host of other various factors, but that doesn’t change the fact that they go too soon. It would be nice if dogs could live to be 20 or 30, but it sure wouldn’t be nice on our wallets. Raising a dog for its entire life costs, on average, $13,500.
Dogs are a member of the family, whether you like it or not. Sure, maybe you don’t want to let them up on the couch, but that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be treated like a brother or sister. I always give my pets the same level of attention I would give some member of my family, if not more since my dogs can’t annoy me.
People love dogs, it’s safe to say. They might just be the most beloved animal of all time, but if not they’ll still always be Man’s Best Friend. There are plenty of ways to appreciate our four-legged friends. Maybe you like to get your puppy pal a nice treat or a pat on the head for being good, or you’ll snap a photo and post it up.
Pictures of dogs have become some of the most popular images on the internet, perfectly showcasing canines’ social tendencies and outgoing spirit. Some people get so into it that they start entire Twitter or Instagram pages for their pets, posting their inner monologues or glamour shots of them in their prime.
Other people get more pride out of taking pictures of other people’s dogs and then sharing them. There are entire Facebook groups, called Dogspotting groups, that are dedicated to this unique form of photo sharing. Thanks to social media websites, people are able to reap the likes from pictures of other people’s dogs without ever being accused of dog plagiarism.
Recently, one photo “project” that’s been taking candid photos of dogs at a drive thru window has started trending online. The account is called ebdogs4096 on Instagram and is run by an Einstein Bros Bagels employee named Natasha. Her goal: to take a high-quality picture of every cute dog that comes through her drive-thru.
The accounts bio reads “Hi! I work the drive thru at Einstein Bros Bagels on Wickham Road in Melbourne, Florida! Stop by with your best friend and have a doggie bagel on me!” It’s clear that this Natasha not only has a particular liking for coffee and bagels, but she’s a huge animal enthusiast as well.
The page is currently home to 61 different posts, but Natasha only has 31 followers at the moment. Let’s bump that number up, shall we? Her work is pretty good, and the pictures are of a way higher quality than you might expect. It looks like she posed a lot of these animals herself, like they were having professional photos taken.
I suppose Natasha just has a way with these animals. I mean, look at some guys. They all look so content to have their picture taken. Her page has all manner of different breeds and their humans on it. Some people seem pretty excited to have their photo taken with their dog, while others seem a bit more camera shy than their pets.
The crazy thing is, all of the pictures of these pups were taken during the weekend of December 29-31, meaning that the Einstein Bros drive-thru must be pretty busy. That, or there’s a record number of dog enthusiasts in Melbourne, Florida. Either way, I’m happy to have seen so many adorable dogs.
Another recent, uplifting story that has to do with dogs has come out of the woodwork over the past few days. On January 3, it was revealed that several dogs were saved from death in Bermuda. There are seven pit bulls total, and it appears as though they’re going to be spending a little time relaxing at Martha’s Vineyard.
The rescue attempt was completed by an organization called Angels Helping Animals Worldwide. According to AHAW’s website, their mission “is to rescue animals in need. We provide medical and emotional support while finding rescues a loving, caring and permanent homes through out New England.”
The reason these dogs were at risk in the first place might come as a big surprise to you. Pit bulls, as a breed, are simply illegal in all of Bermuda, based on their appearance. “Simply because of how they look, they’re an illegal breed in Bermuda,” said AHAW counselor Ashley Medeiros. I suppose the idea of the ban, which also makes German shepherds illegal in Bermuda, is to reduce the amount of dangerous dogs.
The issue, of course, is that dogs only become dangerous when they’re raised poorly. No dog is evil simply out of the womb, but the ban has been in effect since 2003. “Bermuda has a barbaric way of thinking toward dog breeds,” Medeiros explained. To complete the rescue, AHAW had to work with minister of home affairs Walton Brown.
The dogs are currently being held in Delaware, where they’re being assessed for any kind of diseases or medical difficulties. Of the seven pit bulls, it’s estimated that at least 3 could end up on the Vineyard for adoption in the next few months. Two of the rescues are going to families in Bermuda who are currently searching for other homes and trying to acquire visas for the animals.
We can thank Medeiros and her team for helping us keep the world a better place (as in, a place with more dogs in it). There’s still plenty you can do to help, though. I’d recommend checking out their website at ahaww.org, where you can donate or inquire about adopting a pet of your own.
As always, let us know in the comments about how you feel towards these dogs. Would you ever adopt a pit bull? They really are loving guys, even if they look and act a bit intimidating at times. And be sure to share this story with any dog lovers you know. There’s only so many dogs in the world, so we best keep them safe.