Lilly Bits O' Heaven - Angelic Shichon Puppies
When a puppy is born they are deaf, blind and a limited sense of smell. They gravitate toward their mother and siblings because of the warmth.
A dog has over thirty muscles in their ears while a human only has six.
A dog's normal body temperature is between 101.5 and 102.0 degrees Farenheit. Hot dogs :)
A one-year-old dog is physically as mature as a 15 year-old human.
It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
Dogs and cats turn in circles before lying down. This is because in the wild their instinctive circling action turns long grass into a bed.
The common belief that dogs are color blind is false. Dogs can see color, but it is not as vivid a color scheme as we see. They distinguish between blue, yellow, and gray, but probably do not see red and green. This is much like our vision at twilight.
The term "dog days" has nothing to do with dogs. It dates back to Roman times, when it was believed that Sirius, the Dog Star, added its heat to that of the sun from July3 to August 11, creating exceptionally high temperatures. The Romans called the period dies caniculares, or "days of the dog."
People have been keeping dogs as pets for the past 12,000 years.
Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
Dogs are Crepuscular animals. Crepuscular mammals are those that are active primarily during twilight, that is during dawn and dusk. This may explain the Bichon buzz we see so frequently in the evening!
Dogs naturally have a wonderful sense of smell. They have many more sensory 'smelling' cells than a man's 5,000,000. A Dachshund has 125,000,000, a Fox Terrier 147,000,000 and an Alsation (often used as a 'sniffer' dog) has 220,000,000.
A dog's nose is not just used for smelling, but also to keep him cool. That's why a dog pants. The longer the dog's nose, the better his cooling system works.
Dogs are able to see much better in dim light than humans are. This is due to the tapetum lucidum, a light-reflecting layer behind the retina. Because it functions like a mirror, it also accounts for the strange shine or glow in a dog's eyes at night and in flash photography.
Dogs may not have as many taste buds as we do (they have about 1,700 on their tongues, while we humans have about 9,000), but that doesn't mean they're not discriminating eaters. They have over 200 million scent receptors in their noses (we have only 5 million) so it's important that their food smells good and tastes good.
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 expression "three dog night" originated with the Eskimos and means a very cold night - so cold that you have to bed down with three dogs to keep warm.
These facts are just dog gone fun and even explain a few things about our loveable LillyBits!
This page is dedicated to my son Josh who never tires of trivia or the pursuit of stumping me!
We hope you enjoy being in the "know" as much as we have! Aren't our four legged friends interesting?
We think so.