Moscow street dogs display specialized behaviors that differentiate them from domesticated dogs and 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.
Not all breeds of dogs can swim. Among those that can’t swim at all or swim only with great difficulty are basset hounds, bulldogs, dachshunds, pugs, corgis, Scottish and Boston terriers and greyhounds.
In 2007, a US Marine in Iraq befriended a stray desert dog called Nubs. After someone stabbed the dog with a screwdriver, the marine nursed him back to health, developing such a bond that when the unit left, Nubs picked up the scent and walked 70 miles through Iraqi desert warzone to be with him.
A sick Great Dane was rushed to the emergency hospital. Unidentifiable foreign material showed up in his stomach on x-ray. Hours later, the surgeon reported removing 43-and-a-half socks from the dog’s stomach, saving his life.
In 2008 a dog named Sophie Tucker survived 4 months lost at sea off the coast of Australia. She fell overboard while sailing in bad weather with her owners. She then swam 5 nautical miles in stormy, shark-infested waters, to an island where she survived for 16 weeks by hunting wild goats.
Before the launch, one of the scientists took Laika home to play with his children. In a book chronicling the story of Soviet space medicine, Dr. Vladimir Yazdovsky wrote, “I wanted to do something nice for her: She had so little time left to live.”
A cave in France has the footprints of an 8- to 10-year-old boy left in the mud 26,000 years ago alongside the paw prints of either a wolf or a large dog, the oldest evidence of human/canine relationships ever found.
Dogs have ‘Eureka moments‘ and enjoy the experience of solving a problem in order to obtain a reward.
Laika, the first dog in space, did not die peacefully of poison after six days as initially reported, but rather within seven hours of launch, likely due to overheating caused by a faulty temperature control system. The russians acknowledge the importance of laika several times over including a statue.
Dogs have a bacteria on their paws that make them smell like corn chips, which is commonly referred to as “Frito Feet.”