Let’s celebrate the best dog in the world… YOURS!
National Dog Day is August 26th and was started in 2004 by a woman named Colleen Paige. According to the National Dog Day website, Colleen is an animal advocate that chose this date as it marks the day her family adopted her first dog when she was a child (aw!). The day is meant to bring about awareness to adoption and the joy and protection dogs bring into our lives daily.
To celebrate National Dog Day, here are ten amazing facts about human’s best friend.
1. Canine Popularity Contest
According the American Kennel Club (AKC),the Labrador Retriever has been the number one dog breed in the USA since 1991! That’s over 15 years of being reining champ due to their friendly disposition, eagerness to please and zest for life.
2. Hot Dog!
Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat out of the paw pads on the bottom of their feet. Instead, panting is crucial to regulating their body temperature and is the reason your pup lolls out his tongue on a hot summer day. Imagine if that’s how humans kept cool!?
3. Hold the Grapes
Grapes are toxic to dogs and can cause acute kidney failure.It is vital to keep grapes and their dried counterparts (raisins) away from your dog at all times. If you suspect your dogs has ingested this sweet fruit contact your veterinarian.
4. Gentle Giants
The largest breed registered with the American Kennel Club is the Great Dane. Standing up to 32 inches tall at the shoulder it is no wonder they are referred to as the “Apollo of Dogs!”
5. A Little Bit “Nosey”
It is suspected that dogs can smell between 1,000 and 10,000 times better than humans. This is due to a variety of advantages such as that wet nose we all love so much and an organ that is specifically used for smell processing.
6. When you gotta go…
…you have to align yourself with Earth’s magnetic field! Studies show that dogs poop with their bodies aligned along the Earth’s north-south axis.
7. Doggone Tired
Dogs sleep for 12 to 14 hours a day according to the AKC. The exact amount of time spent sleeping depends on breed, size, personality and age but that’s a lot of times to hit the snooze button!
8. Seeing Spots?
No two dalmatians have the same exact spot pattern on their coats, much like human’s fingerprints. In addition to this, not all dalmatians are black and white. The AKC recognizes more than just one color of spots.
9. Bark for a Cure
Research has shown that dogs may be capable of sniffing out various types of cancers. More promising research is being done.
10. Not From “Down Under”
Despite what their name suggests, Australian Shepherds are not an Australian breed! They are from the USA!
Let’s get celebrating this National Dog Day!
Dogs are incredible creatures and are absolutely deserving of their own day. RCO Pet Care will be celebrating with our own pups and clients’ alike!