DOGS! Have I got your attention yet? Here are a few cool facts about them and some cute pictures as well!
Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic, two Pomeranians and one Pekingese. Legend has it that the two Pomeranians were Hitch's great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great parents. At least that's what he tells me...
Dogs chase their tails for many reasons: curiosity, exercise, anxiety or boredom. But mostly because they're dogs.
Dogs and humans have similar patterns to sleep. They both exhibit slow wave sleep (SWS) and rabid eye movement (REM). During REM dogs can dream. If you see your dog twitch and move their paws than that means he or she is dreaming.
Dogs have a membrane called tapetum lucidum that allows them to see in the dark.
On the same topic, dogs have three eyelids, an upper lid, a lower lid and a nictating membrane or a "haw" that keeps the eye moist and protected.
A dog's normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5 Fahrenheit.
Dogs actually do sweat, but it's only through the pads of their feet.
Dogs curl up in a ball when they sleep not because it makes them look cute; it's actually a defense mechanism to help keep themselves warm and to protect their vital organs from potential predators.
A dog's nose is wet because there is a thin layer of mucous there that helps to absorb scents. Dogs also lick their noses to help sample smells through their mouth.
And this is my favorite fact about dogs, their sense of smell. There are lots of numbers thrown out there about how strong a dog's sense of smell is, so I'm just gonna go with the most over-the-top figures I could find. Some scientists say that it's up to 1,000,000 times better then ours. Dogs can detect smells and odors at concentrations of just 1 part per trillion. Think about how accurate that is. They can distinguish people just from their individual smells. Pretty cool huh?