Pet dogs were banned in Reykjavík, Iceland for sixty years. Even today, owning a pet dog there requires special permits, hence cats are the pet of choice. The dog ban was issued in 1924, at a time when the population of Iceland was overwhelmingly rural and Reykjavík was still a small, but rapidly growing fishing town. Reykjavík was facing an acute housing shortage at the time, and as people lived in overcrowded apartments the city authorities reasoned that banning dogs would make the situation somewhat more bearable.
A service dog bit 911 into a cellphone after her owner collapsed from a seizure. She became the first canine recipient of the VITA Wireless Samaritan Award, given to someone who used a cell phone to save a life.
In 1916, the German Empire allowed citizens to take passport photos with their dogs.
A St. Bernard named Bamse was a mascot of the Royal Norwegian Navy during WWII and was known for breaking up fights amongst his crewmates. He once saved a young lieutenant commander who was being attacked by a man wielding a knife by pushing the assailant into the sea.
A dog named Chaser has the largest tested memory of any non-human animal. She can identify 1,022 toys by their name and retrieve them by name and by category.
93% of dog owners in the U.S. say their dog has made them a better person in at least one way, a study found.
A dog that chased away a suicide bomber in Afghanistan and saved the lives of 50 US soldiers was accidentally euthanized in a dog shelter in Arizona.
In 2012 alone, an estimated 2.8 million dog owners gave their dogs antidepressants.
Salty and Roselle, two separate guide dogs, were in the World Trade Centre during 9/11. They were on the 71st and 78th floor of Tower 1 respectively. They each led their owners safely out of the burning tower amidst the chaos, and both owners and dogs survived.
Dogs laugh often but humans have trouble recognizing it because it sounds like they’re just panting.