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Fido Facts

Paul and Ike Humans and dogs have been inseparable companions since the beginning of time. Read about how they evolved together from cave to condo and find out how animal behavior experts interpret the mysterious workings of the canine mind.

Learn more about our canine companions with these fun Fido Facts:
  • The seeing-eye dog, or any dog trained to guide the blind, cannot tell a red light from a green one. When he leads his master across the street, the dog watches the traffic flow to tell when it is safe to cross.

  • 33% of U.S. dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.

  • The Basenji, which originated in Africa, is the only dog that cannot bark.

  • Fluid from a gland inside a dog's nose keeps the tip of his nose moist. This moisture helps a dog detect odors.

  • Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic. Two lapdogs, a Pomeranian and a Pekinese, boarded early lifeboats in the arms of their owners. A third dog, the first officer's large Newfoundland, swam between another lifeboat and the rescue ship. The sound of his bark guided the survivors to safety.

  • One of the world's oldest breeds of dogs is the Saluki, thought to have been developed in ancient Mesopotamia around 3000 B.C.

  • The expression "three dog night," which is attributed to the Australian Aborginal tribe, came about because on especially cold nights nomadic people needed three dogs (wild Dingoes) to keep from freezing.

  • At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by Paul McCartney for his Shetland sheepdog.

  • The first living creature to orbit the earth was a dog. Named Laika ("Barker" in Russian), she blasted off aboard the Soviet Union's Sputnik 2 on November 3, 1957. With no way to bring her back to earth, she became the first creature to give her life for the exploration of space.

  • Contrary to popular belief, dogs do not sweat by salivating. They sweat through the pads of their feet.

  • The fastest dog, the Greyhound, can reach speeds of up to 41.7 miles per hour. The breed was known to exist in ancient Egypt as many as 6,000 years ago.

  • The winner of the 2001 Westminster Dog Show was a Bichon Frise named "Special Times Just Right!," or J.R., for short. He retired soon after, having won 98 best-in-show awards in his illustrious career.




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