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"Every dog has his day."
And today is your day, dogs! According to their own figures, the American Kennel Club recognizes 202 dog breeds; The Kennel Club recognizes 211 dog breeds; and the Fédération Cynologique Internationale currently recognizes 344 breeds! However, all dog breeds belong to the same species and taxon, the Canis lupus familiaris. Inextricably linked to our own evolution, from birth dogs are uniquely sensitive to the body language of humans. Even nine-week-old puppies, still living with their mother and littermates, do better than wolves or chimps at picking up social cues from humans! In contrast, reading dog body language takes more effort for humankind. Tail-wagging, for instance, considered by some as a sign of a happy dog, can also indicate a high level of arousal and alertness, not necessarily positive. What's more, a recent study on tail-wagging showed that dogs tend to wag more to the right when they feel positive about something (such as interacting with their owner). Tails wagged more to the left was seen more when dogs faced something negative. And the helicopter tail wag (where the dog’s tail spins in a circle) is usually seen when a dog is greeting a beloved person. Woof! ❤️ 🐶 🐕 🦮 🐩 🐕🦺
Dick Sargent, 1957
National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs, and to rescue dogs from homelessness and abuse - an opportunity to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of "man's best friend" in our lives.
From the National Dog Day Site: "National Dog Day serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day - for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage."
The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris or Canis familiaris) has been selectively bred over millennia for various behaviours, sensory capabilities, and physical attributes, and are the oldest domesticated animal.
Although initially thought to have originated from an extant canid species (dhole, golden jackal, or gray wolf), extensive genetic studies undertaken during the 2010s indicate that dogs diverged from an extinct wolf-like canid in Eurasia 40,000 years ago. Their long association with humans has led to dogs being uniquely attuned to human behavior and able to thrive on a starch-rich diet which would be inadequate for other canid species.
For more fascinating facts about dogs (fictional and otherwise) in movie and television history, click the photo!