International Dog Day – August 26

International Dog Day is dedicated to all dogs throughout the globe, be they thoroughbred or mixed, miniature, medium sized or gigantic, hairy or bald, you name it. The goal of this day is to remind us how important it is to take good care of our four-legged barking fellow creatures, the best friends we have. Specifically, the day is aimed to raise awareness to the need to adopt dogs, to treat them with kindness and respect and to take the opportunity from time to time as on this special day to spoil them with a warmhearted treat such as a juicy bone.

On the occasion of International Dog Day here are some facts that you may or may not already know: Humans and dogs became best friends forever (BFF) no less than 30,000 years ago. 

According to the Guinness Book of World records, the oldest dog on Earth passed away in 1939 at the age of 29. 

The chances for a guy to talk a gal into disclosing her phone number increase threefold if he has a dog at his side. 

A dog can have any of 13 types of blood whereas a horse, a cow and a human being can have any of 8, 9 and 4 blood types respectively (human blood types are A, B, AB and O). 

99.9% of a dog's mitochondrial DNA is identical to that of the gray wolf. 

In English speaking countries, the most common names given to baby dogs in 2015 were Max for males and Bella for females . 

Dogs have a sense of smell that is 10,000 times more sensitive than that of humans. 

Dogs and cats perspire only through their paw pads and the skin of their noses. 

The song "A Day in Life" that was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney features a section for whistle that only dogs can hear. 

In South Carolina the maximal penalty for beating your dog exceeds the maximal penalty for beating your wife. 

Humans and dogs are the only species that are known to seek visual gestures as expressed by the eyes that meet their gaze. 
Dogs can do it only in the face of humans. 

The first cloned dogs, six Canadian Labradors, were recruited into the South Korean customs services as sniffer dogs in 2009. 

The Nazis tried to teach dogs to read and talk. 

Fido, Abe Lincoln's pet dog, was also assassinated.

The plot of John Wick, a Hollywood blockbusting thriller, is centered about the revenge of the hero, played by Keanu Reeves, against a criminal gang that were involved in the murder of his pet Beagle puppy, Daisy. 

It is widely claimed in the Internet that dogs orient themselves along the earth's magnetic field when they poop. Such claims are said to be backed up by leading scientists. So, if you happen to see a dog defecating in the wrong direction, consider that as an inexcusable disrespect toward long years of strenuous research. WTS!

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