With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Shadow Shot Sunday ~ A Snooze in A Sunbeam

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday ~ A Snooze in A Sunbeam

  1. It is a myth that dogs are color blind. They can actually see in color, just not as vividly as humans. It is akin to our vision at dusk.
  2. Dogs DO have better low-light vision than humans because of a special light-reflecting layer behind their retinas
  3. A German Shepherd guide dog led her blind companion the entire 2100 mile Appalachian Trail
  4. If never spayed or neutered, a female dog, her mate, and their puppies could product over 66,000 dogs in 6 years!
  5. Dogs' only sweat glands are between their paw pads
  6. Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes with age
  7. The breed Lundehune has 6 toes and can close its ears
  8. Teddy Roosevelt's dog, Pete, ripped a French ambassador's pants off at the White House
  9. President Lyndon Johnson had two beagles named Him and Her
  10. Franklin Roosevelt spent $15,000 for a destroyer to pick up his Scottie in the Aleutian Islands
  11. In Roman times, mastiffs donned light armor and were sent after mounted knights
  12. The Russians trained dogs during WWII to run suicide missions with mines strapped to their backs
  13. A dog's mouth exerts 150-200 pounds of pressure per square inch
  14. ... with some dogs exerting up to 450 pounds per square inch.
  15. A one year old dog is as mature, physically, as a 15 year old human
  16. The U.S. has the highest dog population in the world
  17. France has the 2nd highest
  18. The average city dog lives 3 years longer than a country dog
  19. 87% of dog owners say their dog curls up beside them or at their feet while they watch T.V.
  20. Dogs can be trained to detect epileptic seizures
  21. 15 people die in the U.S. every year from dog bites
  22. In 2002 alone, more people in the U.S. were killed by dogs than by sharks in the past 100 years
  23. Gidget is the name of the Taco Bell dog
  24. Newfoundlands are great swimmers because of their webbed feet
  25. Basset Hounds cannot swim
  26. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour
  27. Bingo is the name of the dog on the side of the Cracker Jack box
  28. The bible mentions dogs 14 times
  29. Three dogs survived the sinking of the Titanic - a Newfoundland, a Pomeranian, and a Pekingese
  30. The Labrador Retriever is the #1 favorite breed in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.
  31. Obesity is the #1 health problem among dogs
  32. An estimated 1,000,000 dogs in the U.S. have been named as the primary beneficiaries in their owner's will
  33. An American Animal Hospital Assoc. poll found that 33% of dog owners admit to talking to their dogs on the phone and leaving answering machine messages for them while away
  34. Dog's nose prints are as unique as a human's finger prints and can be used to accurately identify them
  35. At the end of the Beatles' song "A Day in the Life", a high-pitched dog whistle was recorded by Paul McCartney for his sheepdog
  36. 70% of people sign their pet's name on greeting and holiday cards
  37. 58% put pets in family and holiday portraits
  38. There are only 350 Cisky Terriers in the world - perhaps the rarest breed
  39. The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th century England when it is believed that many cats and dogs drowned during heavy periods of rain.

Just a few of the movies featuring dogs... my favorite are the first two.

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Mildred said...

Sweet, sweet pictures of Raider. They all follow the sun, don't they?!! Those were some interesting facts and I enjoyed this post very much. I hope all of you will have a great weekend. Give Raider a hug from me.

Janice said...

Raider looks gorgeous, he is such a poser!

kim said...

Great dog history. Your dog is so cute!

Ralph said...

Raider is expressive, he love his home and is happy posing for the photographer. I love dogs, grew up with a few (Boris and Maggie May) and loved them. We have cats now, but I always have a soft spot for doggies. I would never get into a cat vs. dog argument - they both make lovely family members!

Sweet Repose said...

We love our furry heathens don't we?! I just groomed a 6 month old schnauzer the other day, his first professional haircut...my eyes are just beginning to uncross!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sharon(the groomer)...ha!

Sylvia K said...

Fun shadows and interesting post for the day! What a cutie your Schnauzer is! I have a Schnauzer, too, although my son's dog gets in front of the camera more than Sam does, but he's my best friend. Hope you all have a great weekend!


Linda C said...

Oh so sweet pictures of your doggy! He looks so comfy there:)

Interesting facts- very interesting stuff!!

And I LOVE all of those movies! Especially The Fox and the Hound- our favorite movie quote is "I'm a Hound Dog!" when he is so little:) I love their little voices in the movie:)
Reminds me to pull out that movie the next time our little grand Sam is here- He loves doggies.

Great post!
Have a great weekend:)

Linda C

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Lucky Raider, having the wonderful sunshine.

Really needs the vit. D, huh? Very pretty shot, Lady. Love the grayish white combination.

That's an awesome facts, very educational too.

TY for sharing.


frayedattheedge said...

I once knew a dog that ate anything red in the laundry basket .....

chubskulit said...

Wow thanks for these list of facts about dogs.

Flowers in the Walkwaysis my contribution to SSS.

The B's said...

I love those photos! Such a handsome guy. =)

Julie Harward said...

Your dog is so beautiful...and I love to lay in the sun too, just like that! Such interesting thing about dogs...loved them! :D

crochet lady said...

Love those shots of your pup. He (hope I got that right) is such a handsome fellow.

It was fun reading those dog facts, I think I learned a few things.

Hot Fudge said...

I would have loved to have been there when Teddy Roosevelt's dog ripped a French ambassador's pants off at the White House. I am sure your Raider is too classy to do such a thing!

Donna said...

Those are lovely pics of your pooch! You are doing very well with your photography! Thank you for stopping by my blog and visiting with me. The names of all the recipes over on your sidebar are KILLING me, LOL. I'm on a diet right now. I have to lose some serious weight before our 2010 traveling adventures!

Abounding Treasures said...

Great shots ~ Raider is very photogenic :o)

Ann said...

I was thinking the same thing as Abounding Treasures, how photogenic Raider is. Great shots. I love those dog facts, very interesting

Dimple said...

My dog is curled up next to me wherever I am, if I am sitting still! Wonderful post, Raider is a very handsome boy!

Beantree Designs said...

You've got a natural born model, there!
We have several dogs, and I love them. One of them, though, stays in the house at night ( and in cold weather, and when he's tired, and, um, pretty much when he wants to) and rules the roost. He's a beagle named Porky. My husband named him, not my fault.

Hey Harriet said...

Your dog is such a cutie! I really enjoyed this post! The #18 was a surprise to me, I thought it would be the other way around. Thanks for the great list :)

Cassie said...

A cutie patootie shadow maker for sure! Fun facts too.

The Watts Family said...

I love the pictures I think you captured so much character in your dogs face although I am sure he looks like he has quite the personality on his own. I really need to get a new camera have you noticed my pictures looking worse each time I post lol!! Not to long ago we dropped the camera in some french toast with syrup needless to say the buttons are a little sticky....I have just not being having any luck with my electronics. Just the other day I also dropped my itouch in my cup of coffee ugh!! and broke it of course. Your photography is beautiful I always enjoy looking at your pictures. ~Blessings Love Heather

marie said...

Such fun photos of Raider...he sure looks comfy. Loved all the facts you shared...dogs are truly amazing creatures. A friend of mine takes her pup to visit the folks at a local assisted living center. They go every Thursday and it's definitely a highlight of the week for the residents The dog is really getting to know each person she visits. She knows who will want to play a little catch with her and who will want her to be a lap dog for a little while. She's the very best thing in so many of their lives.


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