Back in 1946, a British fox terrier named Ben won international acclaim for his ability to say the phrase, “I want one”, evidently expressing desire for a cup of tea, a biscuit and other doggy treats. His voice was described as “dark brown” and “a rich baritone”, low-pitched and authoritative. Ben used different tones of voice in making his requests, “from the wheedling note to the gruff, demanding one”.
Dosha, a 10-month-old pit bull mix living with her master in Clearlake, California, had a really bad day on April 15, 2003. That morning, she jumped a fence to escape her yard and was subsequently hit by a pickup truck. Dosha was glassy-eyed and limp when the police arrived. Thinking that the dog was fatally wounded, the cop shot Dosha in the head, just below her right eye, to put her out of her misery. Animal control arrived and put what they thought was a carcass in a plastic bag. They transported Dosha back to the dog pound and loaded her into a freezer. Two hours later, a worker opened the freezer to find Dosha sitting up, still in the bag.
Dogs will sometimes fake being sick to get attention.
Rin Tin Tin, a German shepherd that starred in many silent films, almost won the first Oscar for best actor but the Academy, “believed that this new idea of handing out these Oscars could possibly be damaged by the first Best Actor being a dog.”
The real-life dog from the doge meme was rescued from a kill shelter after the puppy mill that bred her closed down. Some of the other dogs in the group were adopted, but most of them were killed.
When police raided a dog fighting ring in South Carolina, 8 suspects attempted to flee the scene. One of the suspects was taken into custody after one of the dogs chased him and “took him down”. The dog then escaped.
In 2008, an Illinois woman had her big toe chewed off by her pet miniature dachshund while napping. Because of diabetes-related nerve damage in her extremities, the woman felt nothing and slept through the attack.
In 1953 there was a dog named Lampo who would ride trains in Italy. He memorized the schedules and would go on longer and longer trips to places all around Europe. In his life time it is estimated that took about 3,000 different rides and became famous around train stations through out the nation.
A photographer in NY took portraits of the least likely to be adopted dogs at a shelter, to portray their personality and aid in their adoption. All dogs that had their portrait taken were adopted.
A dog who lost his legs when he was attacked by a group of boys became a therapy dog for amputees.