Also known as National Dog Day, this annual holiday on the pet calendar involves spoiling our dogs with affection, sure, but it also comes with a pretty serious message too. Like National Rescue Dog Day, this day dedicated entirely to dogs looks to bring attention to the plight of animals around the globe and encourages adoption.
With millions of dogs winding up in shelters across the world each year, choosing to adopt rather than shop has never been more important. Firstly, the day looks to spotlight the number of dogs looking to be rescued each year. The event strongly discourages buying dogs from pet stores supplied by puppy mills, backyard breeders, the Internet or newspaper ads. Rather, International Dog Day is all about adoption first from local shelters or adoption drives from large chain pet stores.
August 1 is known as Dogust 1st: Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs. Thousands of dogs land each year at animal shelters where they stay until they can find new homes. There are around 200 million stray dogs worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation. There are also millions of abandoned animals in Mexico, Indonesia, Romania and almost every country. But for example the Netherlands is not part of this statistic. It has become due to various programms the first country in the world without almost any stray dogs!
FUN DOG FACTS
The “smell” center of a dog’s brain is 40 times larger than yours
No two dog noses are the same
Dogs are as smart as a two-year-old child
Dogs only have sweat glands in their paws
The oldest dog lived to be 29
Dogs can smell thousands of times better than humans. Their noses have millions more scent receptors—for example, a human nose averages five million, while a Dachshund’s nose has 125 million—making dogs useful for sniffing out drugs, dead bodies, bed bugs, explosives.
Dogs have approximately one sixth of the taste buds humans have (1,700 to humans’ approximately 9,000). A dog’s nose is the equivalent of a human fingerprint, with each having a unique pattern of ridges and creases.
If you’ve ever noticed your pooch twitching in her sleep, this probably means she’s dreaming. Researchers found that dogs have similar sleep patterns and brain activity as humans, and that small breeds tend to dream more than large ones. According to Discovery.com, dogs wag their tails to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they’re frightened. Wagging low means they’re insecure, and rapid tail wagging accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal aggression.
Dogs aren’t actually color-blind. This is one of the most common dog “facts” that are actually false. Dogs can learn more than 1,000 words. There are approximately 900 million dogs on Earth. About 75–85 percent of those dogs are considered free range, meaning they are not owned by humans, and an estimated 200 million dogs are strays, according to the World Health Organization. With many countries requiring pets to be registered, the country with the most pet dogs is France, which has a dog-to-human ratio of 17 to 100.
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