Fun Facts, Quotes &Poetry
- Most domestic dogs are capable of reaching speeds
up to about nineteen miles per hour when running at full speed.
- Dogs only sweat from the bottoms of their feet, and the only way they can discharge heat is by panting.
- Dogs have about a hundred different facial expressions, most of them made with the ears.
- Dogs have about ten vocal sounds.
- Dogs do not have an appendix.
- There are more than two hundred different breeds of dogs.
- Dalmatians are born spotless: at first pure white, their spots develop as they age.
- Contrary to popular belief, dogs aren’t color blind; they can see
shades of blue, yellow, green and gray. The color red registers on a
grays scale in a dog’s vision.
- Using their swiveling ears like radar dishes, experiments have
shown that dogs can locate the source of a sound in 6/100ths of a
- Domesticated for more than 10,000 years, the dog was one of the first animals domesticated by humans.
- Research has shown owning a dog enhances a child's self-esteem, teaches children responsibility and respect towards other living things, and that therapy dogs can aid in the treatment of children suffering from various health conditions.
- Research has also shown that owning a pet can help adults of all ages reduce blood pressure, stress and anxiety levels.
Famous Dog & Cat Quotes
& One Armadillo
"Ever consider what they must think of us? I mean, here we come back
from a grocery store with the most amazing haul --chicken, pork, half a
cow. They must think we're the greatest hunters on earth!"
"If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience."
"If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons."
"There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your
"Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
"Cat's Motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it."
"Money will buy you a pretty good dog, but it won't buy the wag of his tail."
"No one appreciates the very special genius of your conversation as the dog does."
"The average dog is a nicer person than the average person."
~Andrew A. Rooney
"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."
"I care not for a man's religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it."
"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not
bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man."
"Things that upset a terrier may pass virtually unnoticed by a Great Dane."
"One cat just leads to another."
"My husband and I are either going to buy a dog or have a child. We can't decide whether to ruin our carpets or ruin our lives."
"I'm really relieved about the armadillos ..."
~Mike Jager, on learning that armadillos can be housebroken.
"My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet."
"For my companions — the Hills — Sir — and the Sundown — and a Dog —
large as myself, that my Father bought me — They are better than Beings
— because they know — but do not tell."
I Started Early--Took My Dog
I started Early—Took my Dog—
And visited the Sea—
The Mermaids in the Basement
Came out to look at me—
And Frigates—in the Upper Floor
Extended Hempen Hands—
Presuming Me to be a Mouse—
Aground—upon the Sands—
But no Man moved Me—till the Tide
Went past my simple Shoe—
And past my Apron—and my Belt
And past my Bodice—too—
And made as He would eat me up—
As wholly as a Dew
Upon a Dandelion’s Sleeve—
And then—I started—too—
And He—He followed—close behind—
I felt His Silver Heel
Upon my Ankle—Then my Shoes
Would overflow with Pearl—
Until We met the Solid Town—
No One He seemed to know—
And bowing—with a Mighty look—
At me—The Sea withdrew—
The Dog of Art
That dog with daisies for eyes
who flashes forth
flame of his very self at every bark
is the Dog of Art.
Worked in wool, his blind eyes
look inward to caverns and jewels
which they see perfectly,
and his voice
measures forth the treasure
in music sharp and loud,
sharp and bright,
bright flaming barks,
and growling smoky soft, the Dog
of Art turns to the world
the quietness of his eyes.
The great Overdog
That heavenly beast
With a star in one eye
Gives a leap in the east.
He dances upright
All the way to the west
And never once drops
On his forefeet to rest.
I'm a poor underdog,
But to-night I will bark
With the great Overdog
That romps through the dark.
This morning, while it was
I woke to newborn pups
seven of them, & one
out of the plastic kiddie
in the middle of the
in the middle of where
my husband & three
daughters & I
once cooked & ate &
in soft, musical undertones
around the rose laminated
The one on the run,
having somehow used his
or two or more of his
to vault over the edge of
now drags his hind legs
like James Caan in Misery—
head bobbling all around,
My husband worries about
as he rescues the lost pup,
says a bigger pool may be
He is ruminating over the
when their eyes are all
their twenty-eight legs,
all skidding across a floor
covered with newspapers
But for now,
there’s tender ceremony in
he airlifts this smallest
back over the edge of the
gives him to his mother
who is most often asleep,
her tired, old-girl legs
running in a dream
away from all this
back toward her own