Monday, September 26, 2011

Random Fun Dog Facts

Enjoy, I sure did, learned quite a few things with a search and got quite a few chuckles! Here are six of my favorite facts found:

According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie. I'd also add Gracie and Jack... We happen to have a Max, a Macs and a Maximus. Cool! :)

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. This is funny and I did not know this. I love The Beatles and of course, Shetland Sheep Dogs.

A dog's whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae (New word yeah! Haha). They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.

Dachshunds are the smallest breed of dog used for hunting. They are low to the ground, which allows them to enter and maneuver through tunnels easily. So didn't know that these jolly little fellas (there are several at The Fort) were used for Hunting but apparently they were... Specifically for small game, badger and rabbit, in the 1600's.

For Stephen King's "Cujo" (1983), five St. Bernards were used, one mechanical head, and an actor in a dog costume to play the title character. That Cujo, definitely not a "Feel Good" dog film for the family, entertaining none the less.

French Poodles did not originate in France. Poodles were originally used as hunting dogs in Europe. The dogs' thick coats were a hindrance in water and thick brush, so hunters sheared the hindquarters, with cuffs left around the ankles and hips to protect against rheumatism. Each hunter marked his dogs' heads with a ribbon of his own color, allowing groups of hunters to tell their dogs apart. Yay, one fact I knew... You have to defend/explain that fancy-man-haircut some how right hahaha!?

Hope your week has started off good!

P.S. O by the way, it's Fall now, if you haven't noticed lol. ;)

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