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All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis, which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.

Rock star Ozzy Osborne saved his wife Sharon’s Pomeranian from a coyote by tackling and wrestling the coyote until it released the dog.

Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws. A cat’s tongue is scratchy because it’s lined with papillae—tiny elevated backwards hooks that help to hold prey in place

Dogs have three eyelids. The third lid, called a nictitating membrane or “haw,” keeps the eye lubricated and protected.

The phrase “raining cats and dogs” originated in seventeenth-century England. During heavy rainstorms, many homeless animals would drown and float down the streets, giving the appearance that it had actually rained cats and dogs

There are more than 500 million domestic cats in the world, with 33 different breeds.There are more than 350
different breeds of dogs worldwide

Cats “paw” or “knead” (repeatedly treading on a spot – sometimes its owner) to mark their territory. Cats sweat through the bottom of their paws and rub off the sweat as a marking mechanism

Cat urine glows in the dark when a black light shines on it. If you think your cat or kitten has had an accident in your home, use a black light to find the mishap

If your cat is near you, and her tail is quivering, this is the greatest expression of love your cat can give you

If your cat is thrashing its tail, she is in a bad mood – time for you to keep your distance!

A dog, named Laika, was the first in space in 1957.

The oldest breed of dog is the Saluki.

The world’s smallest dog is the Chihuahua, which means “tiny dog in the sky

Supposedly the smartest dogs are the Border collie, Poodle and Golden Retriever. While the dumbest dog is the Afghan

Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten

Apparently, if you own a cat, you are less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. Indeed, a study from the University of Minnesota found that those without cats were between 30 and 40 percent more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than cat owners. Does it work for owning dogs as well? According to the study, dog owners didn’t reap the same benefits as cat owners

In addition to helping to prevent children from developing allergies, there is some evidence that living with a cat can also help prevent asthma in children. If you have kids, owning a cat and exposing your kids to cats might help them to avoid developing asthma. Early and regular contact with cats can help your children avoid a number of respiratory problems

Walking a dog or just caring for a pet — for elderly people who are able — can provide exercise and companionship. One insurance company, Midland Life Insurance Company of Columbus, Ohio, asks clients over age 75 if they have a pet as part of their medical screening — which often helps tip the scales in their favor

For people with all forms of anxiety, having a dog may be an important coping mechanism. This is especially true in times of crisis. A study out of the Medical College of Virginia found that for hospitalized patients with mental health issues, therapy with animals significantly reduced anxiety levels more than conventional recreational therapy sessions

Dogs function as important companions and family members, but certain groups may benefit more than others. The elderly, particularly those in residential care facilities, often become socially isolated once separated from immediate family. Researchers in Australia have found that dogs improved the well-being of residents by promoting their capacity to build relationships

Experiments have shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a second

Cat  bodies are extremely flexible; the cat skeleton contains more than 230   bones (a human has about 206), and the pelvis and shoulders loosely attach   to the spine. This adds to their flexibility and allows them to fit  through very small spaces.

A cat can jump as much as seven times its height

Cats  have better memories than dogs. Tests conducted by the University of   Michigan concluded that while a dog’s memory lasts no more than 5 minutes,  a cat’s can last as long as 16 hours—exceeding even that of monkeys and  orangutans.

Hollywood’s first and arguably best canine superstar was Rin Tin      Tin, a five-day-old German Shepherd found wounded in battle in WWI France      and adopted by an American soldier, Lee Duncan. He would sign his own contracts  with his paw print.

The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives.

The most dogs ever owned by one person were 5,000 Mastiffs owned by Kubla Khan.d

The most popular male dog names are Max and Jake. The most popular female dog names are Maggie and Molly

The first dog chapel was established in 2001. It was built in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, by Stephan Huneck, a children’s book author whose five dogs helped him recuperate from a serious illness

Those born under the sign of the dog in Chinese astrology are considered to be loyal and discreet, though slightly temperamental

Dog trainers in ancient China were held in high esteem. A great deal of dog domestication also took place in China, especially dwarfing and miniaturization.

Plato once said that “a dog has the soul of a philosopher.”

A puppy is born blind, deaf, and toothless

The Basenji is the world’s only bark- less dog

President Franklin Roosevelt created a minor international incident when he claimed he sent a destroyer to the Aleutian Islands just to pick up his Scottish Terrier, Fala, who had been left behind

Within hours of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, specially trained dogs were on the scene, including German Shepherds, Labs, and even a few little Dachshunds

The smallest dog on record was a matchbox-size Yorkshire Terrier. It was 2.5″ tall at the shoulder, 3.5″ from nose tip to tail, and weighed only 4 ounces

At the end of WWI, the German government trained the first guide dogs for war-blinded soldiers

The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world. France has the second highest

 

Just for fun:

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/dogbone/gamebone.html

http://www.hoodamath.com/games/puppychasefractionstodecimals.html

http://www.fun4thebrain.com/addition/addpunypets.html

http://animal.discovery.com/tv-shows/cats-101/games-and-more/cat-kitten-puzzles.htm

 

 

 

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