HOROSCOPES: Ever wonder if Fido's birthday plays a part in his actions? Do the stars and moon mean anything to our four-legged friends? Perhaps. To check out a great link and a fun site click here for Fido's horoscope.
1. There are about 68 million pet dogs in the US.
2. 40% Of U.S. households own at least one dog.3. Most owners have one dog (63%).
4. Almost 25% of owners have two dogs.
5. 13% of owners have three or more dogs.
6. The number of male and female dogs is about the same.
7. 20% were adopted from an animal shelter.
8. Greyhounds can run up to 45 miles an hour for very short periods.
9. Dogs have 42 teeth.
10. Dogs and humans are the only animals with a prostate.
11. The dalmatian dog originate from Dalmatian coast of Croatia.
12. According to tests made at the Institute for the Study of Animal Problems in Washington, D.C., dogs and cats, like people, are either right-handed or left-handed --- that is, they favor either their right or left paws.
13. Dogs are mentioned 15 times in the Bible.
14. 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. It is much like our vision at twilight.
15. There are 701 types of pure breed dogs.
16. The flea can jump 350 times its body length, that is like a human jumping the length of a football field.
17. Anything over 45 minutes seems like forever to your dog. You will be greeted as enthusiastically coming back from a two-hour shopping trip as you will coming back from a two-day vacation.
18. A stray dog who is afraid of people will trust the people associated with the dogs it plays with.
19. If a dog tolerates gentle handling between its toes, it probably is suited for children.
20. If you want to be friends with somebody else's dog, let the dog make the first move, and don't be too quick to respond.
21. A kennel should be two times the length of the dog you are building it for. Measure the dog from its nose to the tip of its tail.
22. The best time for taking a puppy from its litter -- psychologically and physically is 49 days old.
23. Dogs are not born knowing the words Sit, Down, Stand and if you shout the command louder and louder sixteen times ...... the dog will still not know what it means.
24. Dachshunds were bred to fight badgers in their dens.
25. A dog's sense of smell is about 1000 times better than a person's.
26. A "Bloodhound" can distinguish and identify several scents at the same time.
27. A dog's heart beats between 70 and 120 times a minute, compared with a human heart which beats 70 to 80 times a minute
28. An American Animal Hospital Association poll showed that 33 percent of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.
29. An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner's will.
30. A dog's whiskers are touch-sensitive hairs called vibrissae. They are found on the muzzle, above the eyes and below the jaws, and can actually sense tiny changes in airflow.
31. According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a dog is Max. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.
32. The earliest "fossil" finds of dogs date back to 10,000 BC.
33. Bulldogs were originally bred to bait and fight bulls and bears.
34. It has been established that people who own pets live longer, have less stress, and have fewer heart attacks.
35. Most pet owners (94 percent) say their pet makes them smile more than once a day.
36. The smallest breed of dog recognized by the American Kennel Club is the Chihuahua, which stands six to nine inches at the top of the shoulders and weighs two to six pounds. The largest is the Irish Wolfhound, which stands 30 to 35 inches at the top of the shoulders and weighs 105 to 125 pounds.
37. Though human noses have an impressive 5 million olfactory cells with which to smell, sheepdogs have 220 million, enabling them to smell 44 times better than man.
38. Using their swiveling ears like radar dishes, experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second.