Most people think “dog days” has to do with warmer temperatures, but actually the name comes from the ancient belief that Sirius, also called the Dog Star, was somehow responsible for the hot weather.
On a simpler note, these are beautiful days to be walking my dogs and I really enjoy the tranquility and time to think. I was actually turning a corner the other morning when I heard this loud male voice say ”Hey Stupid” repeatedly. I asked him “Why are you saying that to your dog?” he feebly stated that his pet canine was not overly intelligent. UUGGHHH My husband made me turn the corner before I gave him a piece of my mind. Instead I thought I would share some facts on canines on my blog this month.
* Dogs are capable of learning in a number of ways, such as through simple reinforcement (i.e. classical or operant conditioning) and by observation.
* Dogs can hear sounds that are too faint for us to hear, and also can hear noises at a much higher frequency than we can. Their hearing is so incredible that they probably rely more on sound than on sight to navigate their world.
* Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
* 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.
* President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s most famous canine companion was his Scottish Terrier, Fala, who is part of the Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. During Roosevelt’s 12 years and one month as president, 11 dogs lived in the White House. They included a Bullmastiff, two red setters, a retriever, a Bulldog, a Llewellin Setter, a Scotch Terrier, a Great Dane, a Sheepdog, and a German Shepherd who tried to rip the pants off the British Prime Minister.
* The Canary Islands were not named for a bird called a canary. They were named after a breed of large dogs. The Latin name was Canariae insulae – “Island of Dogs.”
* 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.
* The real hero of the 1925 Serum Run was really Togo. The 12 year old husky led his sled dog team through 260 miles of blowing Alaskan blizzard to deliver emergency diphtheria serum to Nome. Balto received most of the fame because he led the final 55 miles.
Canines have contributed so significantly to our society & culture.
People should think twice before calling anyone or anything stupid!
About The Author:
Malea McGuinness helps to raise money for Animal Charities & foundations through her live performances in communities she performs in. Malea has garnered lots of attention for her inspirational new album, ‘CLOSE AS AIR’. Her single “Spinning”, is currently building at AAA Radio and receiving rotation from Music Choice. Malea recently took the stage July 3rd at the 2010 Summerfest Music Festival, opening for multi-platinum selling alternative band, The Counting Crows, and will be appearing in East Hampton, NY on July 14th.
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