Tuesday Trivia ~ August 18, 2015

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Sam here and it’s Tuesday so you know what that means? It’s Tuesday Trivia! For this edition, we found some rather fascinating facts.

Personally, I think dogs are such interesting creatures. Did you know that apart from barking, growling and whining, dogs use their ears and facial expressions to communicate what they are feeling? I’m still wondering what Dr. Sarah thought of my jumping up on top of the table Monday evening at our re-certification exam. I don’t think she was quite expecting that at all! All I wanted was for her to give me some of the really yummy treats for poking and prodding me but like most humans, she didn’t seem to understand what I was trying to get across.

Did you know that puppies are born blind, without teeth and the ability to hear? Their eyes open only at around 10-14 days, and their hearing comes after that. Teeth start coming through at 6 weeks. That must be why those little razors try to make up for all that lost time by biting and chewing like 4 legged piranhas!

Speaking of puppies, during their first week, did you know they spend 90% of their time sleeping and just 10% eating?

In honor of mom’s work at the law firm, we thought we’d share a couple legal tidbits. I learned that it is illegal to own a dog as a pet In Iran. You have to be able to prove any dog is a guard or hunting dog. That seems dumb to this canine, what could possibly be behind that dumb law? Do you think I could pass as a guard or hunting dog? Yeah, me neither. I’ll remind mom that we must never go there (pfft…as if we would).

Another weird law relating to dogs is a little closer to home.  Back in Paulding, Ohio, police officers are allowed to bite a dog to get it to be quiet. This poodle thinks that’s just plain police brutality running amuck!

Now for a little more geography. Did you know French Poodles did not come from France? Poodles (like moi) are of German descent (Achtung!). We were bred to retrieve water fowl or so I’m told. I, on the other hand, was bred just to make people happy. They can get their own damn fowl as far as I’m concerned.

IMG_0966   The dachshund is one of the oldest dog breeds around dating back to ancient Egypt. The name comes from one of its earliest uses–hunting badgers. In German, Dachs means badger and Hund means hound.

Well that’s it for me this week. Do you know of any other interesting trivia about dogs?

Live, love, bark! ❤

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23 thoughts on “Tuesday Trivia ~ August 18, 2015

  1. PigLove

    WOW! I love this information. I never knew any of it and it helps with tracking Houdini’s actions here Sometimes when I snort at him, he just looks at me so intensely and moves his head like he’s really trying to listen. It’s kind of cool. XOXO – Bacon

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  2. easyweimaraner

    that’s a strange law they have in Iran, is it because dogs are not really a welcome species there , and they have many curses what include dogs?
    I’ve read about your breed once, poodles were very popular hunting dogs in germany once. Even in Goethes tragic play Dr. Faustus a poodle had a main role, but I don’t think that this dog was the devil himself… that was just a whitewasher because the dog was smarter than the Dr.

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      There are so many fascinating aspects of Persian culture that provided remarkable contributions for the entire world. It’s unfortunate that politics consider pet ownership subversive and rebellious to the government of Iran.

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  3. colinandray

    Hi Sam. This is Ray (Woof!). Isn’t it true that the “traditional poodle cut” (where the fur over the leg joints is left uncut) is so that the joints get some degree of protection when chasing ducks and other stuff? Woof!

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    1. Tails Around the Ranch Post author

      There is some dispute on the real why’s for poodle cuts; but there seems to be agreement that the unusual clip resulted out of occupational necessity. Long hair could weigh it down in the water, but hair around joints served to protect from cold and injury and to prevent rheumatism and swim more freely; the fluffy chest kept vital organs warm in the water. When they gained popularity in France during Louis XVI, poodle cuts mirrored the ornate styles worn by French society at the time.

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