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.”
Dogs sneeze to communicate to other dogs that they’re not being aggressive.
Firefighters would hide in Ground Zero rubble so that dogs could find “survivors”. Constantly finding bodies was leading to high stress in the dogs as they thought they were failing.
A dog called Bobbie traveled over 2,500 miles across America to get back to his owners after being accidentally abandoned.
A golden retriever has been caught on camera trying to save fish stranded on land. The cameraman was criticized for not taking a similar action.