1. According to a recent survey, the most popular name for a male dog is Max; for female it is Bella. Other popular names include Molly, Sam, Zach, and Maggie.
2. An American Animal Hospital Association poll showed that 33 percent of dog owners admit they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave messages on an answering machine while away.
3. An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in their owner’s will.
4. At the end of the Beatles’ song “A Day in the Life,” Paul McCartney recorded an ultrasonic whistle–audible only to dogs–for his Shetland sheepdog.
5. Dogs are mentioned 14 times in the Bible.
6. Dogs are generally attracted to food by its smell, not so much taste. This is because dogs have fewer than 2,000 taste buds, while the average person has about 10,000.
7. Dogs are often found in monuments as a symbolization of affection and fidelity. Pictures of the Crusaders often show them with a dog at their feet to show they followed the Lord as faithfully as a dog follows the footsteps of his master.
8. Every year, $1.5 billion is spent on pet food. That’s four times the amount spent on baby food!
9. Since the late 1960s, numerous studies have confirmed that people who own pets, and particularly dogs, live longer, have less stress, fewer heart attacks, and often rebound more quickly from illness.
10. Lassie was played by several male dogs, despite the female name, because male collies were thought to look better on camera. The main “actor” was a dog named Pal.
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