Sooam Biotech, a lab in Korea, makes genetically identical copies — clones — of dogs for pet owners. For $100,000, anyone who has a cell from any dog can get a clone. The lab says it has cloned hundreds of dogs so far. Many are for grieving pet owners, and some are cloned for other agencies.
A breed of wool dogs existed on the pacific northwest coast. Indigenous people would keep the dogs isolated on small islands to prevent inter breeding with hunting dogs. The wool dogs were cared for and feed a rich diet of seafood to produce strong yarn to make blankets from.
The Breidings Home in KY was set on fire due to a kitchen accident, the whole family escaped but to their surprise the infant daughter was missing. As they panicked they were relieved to see their dog pulling the infant out to safety by her diapers.
Since domestication, dogs’ eyes have changed. Dogs now have eye muscles that make them more expressive and infant-like. These same muscles are absent in wolves, their closest relative.
At the time of writing, taking your dogs for walks could become the law in Germany. Under the planned rules, dog owners will have to take their dogs for walks at least twice a day, for a minimum of one hour in total.
Domestic dogs are one of only a few species that can understand that the human gesture of pointing means, “look in the direction my finger is pointing”. Other animals, including wolves and other primates, don’t understand how it works and will only be interested in your outstretched finger.
A puppy of Soviet space dog Strelka, the first animal to safely return from orbit, was given to president Kennedy by Khrushchev. The puppy grew up and became the mate of JFK’s dog Charlie. The cold war couple went on to have 4 pups themselves, dubbed the “Pupniks”.
In 2015, a guide dog in New York was awarded the ASPCA’s “Dog of the Year” award for running in front of an oncoming bus to protect his blind owner, and didn’t leave her side until she received medical attention even though he suffered a broken leg.
A fearless goat-herding dog called Odin refused to abandon his flock of goats during deadly California wildfires in 2017, while his owners ran to safety. Days later his family returned to their destroyed home and found him AND the goats still alive.
Romans were known to create tombs for their dogs and gave them epitaphs to remember them by. One such inscription read, “I am in tears, while carrying you to your last resting place as much as I rejoiced when bringing you home with my own hands 15 years ago.”