To prevent mistreatment, dogs in the military are always higher ranks than their handlers.
Pit Bulls were once known as “nanny dogs” because of how kind and protective they were of children.
A Labrador Retriever service dog pulled his disabled owner into the recovery position after he was struck unconscious, then covered him with a blanket. Retrieved his mobile phone and pushed it against his face, and only left his owner to fetch help once he had regained consciousness.
Some police dogs are equipped with ballistic vests and even given a full police funeral when killed in the line of duty.
The first animal launched into orbit, Laika, was found as a stray wandering the streets of Moscow. Soviet scientists assumed that such animals had already learned to endure conditions of extreme cold and hunger.
Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations. The average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child.
Capitan, the German shepherd, has slept on his owner’s grave for six years. Craziest part: He was never showed the gravesite, he found it himself.
In the 1920s, a Japanese professor used to walk home with his dog from the train station every evening. When the professor died unexpectedly, the dog waited without fail each day at arrival time at the station for nine years until his own death.
In 1860’s San Francisco, two stray dogs who were “best friends” became local celebrities, their exploits were celebrated in local papers, and they were granted immunity from the city’s dog catchers.
A pitbull rose to the rank of Sergeant through combat alone during WWI and was given numerous awards for his service.