We just celebrated National Dog Day on August 26th, so, let’s look at a few dog fun facts:
Dogs have been living with humans for some 15,000 years:
Man’s best friend has been with us so long that they suffer from some of the same diseases, like cancer. They even feel jealousy when they think other dogs are getting more treats! The average dog is about as smart as a 2-year old – that’s probably why most toddlers get along so well with their canine siblings.
Dogs are creatures of routine, and they miss you when you’re gone. They know when you’re ready (or should be) to feed them and when it’s time for a walk. They know when you should be home from work or school and are anxiously expecting you.
The wacky world of K-9s isn’t wacky at all:
K9 officers number over 1,000,000 world-wide, serving military, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Trained to work sentry and surveillance, to sniff-out drugs or explosives, to locate missing people or find evidence, they protect the public from numerous threats. Working between six and nine years, K9s are honorably retired, generally to their handlers’ families – military service dogs are actually awarded special veterans’ benefits.
Hooray for Hollywood:
The most famous Hollywood dogs — Lassie and Rin Tin Tin — got more fan mail than many human movie stars in their heyday. The first “Lassie” (and all of them since) were actually ‘Laddies’; their first film, released in 1943, began a tradition that continues to a Canadian TV cartoon which ran 2013-16. Rin Tin Tin actually beat Lassie to the screen by 21 years and his latest movie outing was 2007.
The International Cynological [Dog] Federation recognizes 337 pure dog breeds. There are also “landrace” varieties bred for specific purposes but outside any formal organization – most of these being working dogs. The teacup poodle averages around 16 ounces in weight, while a mastiff or molosser can pass 200 pounds. Record holders include a 4-ounce Yorkshire Terrier that stood less than 3 inches at the shoulder, and an English Mastiff weighing in just shy of 350 pounds and 8 feet 2 inches from snout to tail.
Werewolf horror stories probably derive from a real condition called hypertrichosis, an abnormal amount of hair growing all over the body. The most famous canine mythological is Cerberus, the three-headed guardian of the gates of hell, who has counterparts in other religious traditions. According to scientists and historians, wolves became extinct in Ireland due to habitat destruction and intentional hunting, so, any Irish wolfhound who claims his breed is responsible is just trying to beg a free drink at the local pub.
Whatever the age, breed or situation, our Daly City office stands ready to serve every canine in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a host of other pets as well. We’re man’s-best-friends’ best friend.