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Wild Things :: All About Dogs

Dogs are man's best friend. But if they're supposed to be your BFF, then you should know a lot about them, right? In case ya don't, here are some doggie tidbits for you to chew on.

Dogs - The Beginning of Dogkind

It is said that dogs came from a creature similar to a wolf called Tomarctus ("father of dogs"), which roamed the earth about 15 million years ago. Dogs first became pets for cavemen, while the Greeks used them for hunting and as guards. Romans traveled through Europe and brought their dogs with them. These dogs bred with the local dogs, and gradually many different breeds were created.

Dogs - A Breed Apart

Dogs are generally classified into seven different breeds.

  • Toy - Chihuahua, Maltese, Pomeranian, Pug.
  • Terrier - Miniature Schnauzer, Scottish Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier.
  • Hound - Basset Hound, Beagle, Bloodhound, Whippet.
  • Herding - Border Collie, German Shepherd, Australian Cattle Dog, Sheepdog.
  • Sporting - Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Cocker Spaniel, Weimaraner.
  • Non-Sporting - Boston Terrier, Bulldog, Dalmatian, Chow Chow, Poodle.
  • Working - Boxer, Bullmastiff, Saint Bernard, Great Dane, Rottweiler.

Dogs - Docking and Cropping

Docking is removing all or most of a dog's tail. Cropping is removing part of the ears so they stand up. Tails are docked before a puppy is even three days old, while cropping is usually done within four months. Docking and cropping goes back hundreds of years. It was done to prevent injury to ears in fights and to protect tails from the underbrush when hunting. For some breeds, docking and cropping is mandatory by the breed standards. However, some countries like England, Australia and most of Europe have made it illegal because it's considered cruel.

Dogs - Did U Know?

  • The smartest dogs are the Border Collie, the Poodle and the Golden Retriever. The dumbest dog is the Afghan.
  • German Shepherds are known to bite humans more than any other breed.
  • For dogs, the nose knows. They have between 120 million to 300 million scent cells along their nostrils.
  • Many dogs have a sweet tooth and love chocolate, but it's poisonous for dogs!
  • Have you ever wondered why poodles wear pom-poms on their legs? Originally, the haircut helped the poodle to swim faster and the pom-poms were left on to keep the joints warm.
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Global warming will raise the ocean and bodies of waters. The cities will be flooded, and then frozen over. Someone goes outside, they freeze to death. The remaining survivors will die of starvation or freeze to death.
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In my opinion, I see four most likely possibilities.  >>  Nuclear War/World Wars. >> The universe practically imploding and the sun burning us into oblivion or even another planet/meteorite slamming into us, destroying us entirely. >> Self-destructive tendencies of our own species, either accidentally or purposefully. >> Trump. Which could be the matchstick to the flame of at least two other things on this list.
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I think it's kinda sad that there even actually exist debates where people argue whether someone else's identity is 'legitimate' or not. You know who knows that? The person who identifies as bisexual (or whatever else). Not me, not you, not their parents, not your parents, and no, not any religion. Them. Only them. No one else. That's it. But it is nice to see people expressing support. I'll join in and say, for all the bisexuals out there, be who you are. Let not any one person's judgment distract you from what your true feelings are. “If someone isn't what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.” ―  Paulo Coelho ,  The Alchemist
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You cannot describe color to a blind person. But they also see things that you can't that they cannot describe to you. I have a friend, Joseph, who's been blind since birth. He says it looks sort of like nothing and everything at once, and that little dots malt into one big dot. He also doesn't quite grasp the concept of "dark" and "light" but he can sense when a light is on vs off. I have a friend who's been blind since she was eight (grenade accident) who says it's like a mix of every color, but it's not quite black or white. And there's no one color she can name of it. But when there's a noise, the "blanket" shifts around where the noise came from, like something's different but you can't tell what.
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In a couple billion years, the sun will die and implode, taking Mercury, Venus, Earth, and possibly Mars with it. Unless the silent death flares get us first. They could happen at any moment with no warning, you know. Scratch that. Trump's gonna kill us.
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