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A three-year-old Russian girl named Karina Chikitova who survived for 11 days in Siberian taiga forest by drinking from a creek and eating berries while being protected by her dog which went to get help after nine days and returned with rescuers.

A Russian dog whose owners were killed in a car accident. Despite attempts to adopt or rehome him, the dog refused to leave the site of the accident and waited for them until it died 7 years later. The city informally adopted the dog and dedicated a statue honor its loyalty.

MRI of dog's brains show that they see owners as family and prioretize the smell of humans over everything.

Humans' and Dogs' brains have evolved to understand each others' vocalizations to some degree, including dogs understanding human laughter.

There is a territory in Costa Rica called Territorio De Zaguates (Land of the Strays) which is basically a huge no-kill dog shelter where you can hike for free with the dogs.

Napoleon Bonaparte was once moved to tears by the grief of a dog who he found sitting with its owner's body.

In the 19th century Germany there was a man who was both the local tax collector and caretaker of the dog pound. Since tax collecting was a dangerous job, he used the pound to make a new breed a dog that would protect him while collecting. His name, Karl Friedrich Louis Dobermann.

Dogs have only recently been able to watch TV, with the advent of HDTV with their higher framerates. Before that, with CRT's, it was like watching a strobe light.

When the TV show "Frasier" was at its most popular, Moose (the dog who played Eddie) received more fan mail than any of the human characters.

During 8 years living in a UK animal shelter, a dog named Jasmine was a ‘surrogate mother’ to over 50 rescued animals; including puppies, foxes, 4 badger cubs, 15 chicks, 8 guinea pigs, 15 rabbits, a deer and a goose. She nursed each with affection, taking care of them as soon as they arrived.

In the first study to show the hormonal bonding between humans and another species, it was found that staring into your dog's eyes causes a rise in oxytocin - the same hormone that bonds human mothers to infants.

The Alaskan Malamute became the state dog of Alaska after a 3-year campaign and legislative process that started with a kindergartner asking the question, "Why doesn't Alaska have a state dog."


The Canary Islands were named after the Latin word for dog (Canariae Insulae, “Island of Dogs”). It is the canary birds who are named after the island, not the other way around.

There was once a type of dog called the Turnspit dog which would run in a wheel to turn meat so it would cook evenly. The breed went extinct when machines were invented to turn the meat instead.

A Russian child named Ivan Mishukov lived with a pack of dogs for two years after he gave the dogs food. In return, the dog pack protected him and made him pack-leader. He later relearned language and served in the Russian Army.

Liberty, President Gerald Ford's dog, was trained to create diversions in meetings. If Ford wanted to end a conversation in the Oval Office, he would signal Liberty and she would go to the guest wagging her tail, creating a natural break.

If a female dog grows in the womb between two male dogs, she may turn out to be a "tomboy" due to testosterone exposure and demonstrate masculine behaviors such as lifting her leg to pee.

Istanbul has a vending machine that releases food and water for the city's stray dogs in exchange for recycled plastic bottles.

When puppies play, young boy dogs often let the girls win, so as to entice the females to play with them.

An African Wild Dog named Solo, after losing her entire pack to a lion ambush, exhibited unprecedented behavior by forming a surrogate pack including a Hyena with whom she would typically want to kill, and a family of Black-backed Jackals, with pups that she treated as her own.

In 2012 a Pit Bull named Lilly pulled her unconscious owner from the path of an oncoming freight train. The driver said he saw the dog frantically pulling at the woman, not giving up even though the train didn’t stop in time. The dog saved the woman and survived impact injuries herself.

During the search and rescue operations for the September 11th attacks, it was becoming rarer and rarer for rescue dogs to find anyone, leading them to feel failed, so firefighters hid in the rubble for the dogs to find them.

The Ancient Romans had a method for choosing the best puppies out of a litter which involved surrounding a litter with an oil-soaked string and setting it on fire. The mother dog would jump over the ring of flames and rescue each puppy one by one, it was believed, in order of their merit.

Salty and Roselle, two separate guide dogs who were in the World Trade Centre during 9/11. They were on the 71st and 78th floor of Tower 1 respectively. They each led their owners safely out of the burning tower amidst the chaos, and both owners and dogs survived.

The Ancient Irish respected their dogs so much that if a Warrior or King gained the loyalty of a hound they would be given the prefix ''Cu'' meaning ''Hound'' added on before their own name to show others they were worthy of the respect and loyalty of a dog.

An Italian street dog named Fido who was found injured and nursed back to health by a factory worker still returned to his owner's bus stop to wait for him every day for 14 years after his owner had died.

Moscow street dogs display specialized behaviors that differentiate them from domesticated dogs & wolves: pack leaders tend to be the most intelligent rather than the strongest, and packs tend to deploy its cuter members first, as they are more successful in begging for food from people.


Dogs can understand that when we look at them and then stare at something, they should turn their attention to it.

During World War 2 because of food shortage and post-war factors, the Shiba Inu nearly became extinct . All dogs today are bred from the only three surviving bloodlines.

When confronted by police, a man took his pit bull off the leash, pointed at the cops and yelled: “Kill’em boy, kill’em.” The dog responded by biting him in the butt and chasing him into a nearby apartment where the officers promptly arrested him.

A blind man named Albert Rizzi was kicked off a US Airways flight after his service dog repositioned itself several times during a 2-hour delay. The passengers demanded that he be let back on and the flight attendant responsible be kick off instead. The flight was eventually canceled.

Dogs have "Eureka moments" and enjoy the experience of solving a problem in order to obtain a reward.

In 1951, MGM owed the dog who played Lassie $40,000 in back pay. Not planning any more Lassie movies, MGM instead gave the rights to the Lassie trademark to the dog's trainer, who spun it off into a TV show that ran for 19 seasons.

Deep in the Amazon rainforest, there exists a rare breed of dog that has two noses. When Col. Percy Fawcett described it after returning from a 1913 expedition to the area, he was teased and ridiculed by his peers.

There is a non-profit organization called "House With A Heart" that takes in and cares for senior dogs, many with special needs, that have been abandoned by their owners. The facility operates as a hospice, seeing to it that older dogs are not consigned to dying in shelters, or worse.

When he was a student at Trinity College, Lord Byron was so infuriated that pet dogs were banned that he acquired a tame bear. He argued that as bears weren’t specifically mentioned in their rules, there were no legal grounds for complaint. Lord Byron eventually won the argument.

Dogs can suffer from PTSD, and it affects 5% of military service dogs.

Tihar, a festival in Nepal that dedicates an entire day to thanking dogs for their friendship and loyalty.

Google prefers dogs to cats. Their official code of conduct specifically states they are a dog company.

It is illegal for pet stores in Beverly Hills to sell dogs and cats that are not from a shelter or rescue.

When Adolf Hitler decided to commit suicide, he fed some cyanide to his dog to make sure it worked. His private nurse later said that the people in the bunker were more distraught by the death of his dog than that of his wife, Eva Braun.



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