Dogs have long been considered “man’s best friend.” It’s fair to say that they have certainly earned the title. The bond between humans and canines is unmistakable. They’ve been our companions for tens of thousands of years. And ever since the domestication of the dog, people have been drawn to them (and they to us). Dogs have helped us in so many ways and expect little in return. They share our beds, hunt with us, kept vermin and pests away, serve the military and police, assist the disabled, and faithfully remain our loyal companions. The beautiful friendship between Humans and dogs has had some surprising effects on both species. Here are some the ways we’ve helped each other along the way.
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Dogs are highly expressive animals and are always communicating exactly how they think and feel. And although most of their communication happens with body language, they also have a surprisingly large range of vocalizations such as barks, yelps, whines and growls. In much the same way we use words to form sentences to say different things, dogs can vary their barks depending on what they’re feeling or trying to say. And if you know what to listen for you can interpret the range of sounds your Labrador creates. Here’s how to tell if there’s a burglar outside, it’s bathroom time, or if they’re just playful.
Dogs have been our furry companions for thousands of years, but they didn’t always look the way they do today. Many well-known breeds have changed a lot physically in the last century, largely thanks to humans. By identifying specific traits — such as size, coat color, and demeanor — and allowing only those animals to mate, humans have created at least 167 different “breeds,” or groups of dogs with unique physical and mental characteristics. Still, they’re all part of the same species. Here’s a look at how some of your favorite dog breeds have changed over the last 100 years.
Admit it: You’ve fantasized about your future Fido more than a couple times. You walk into the shelter, lock eyes with “the one” and the next thing you know, you’re frolicking through fields of freshly mowed grass and endless tennis balls with your true love. Except, how are you supposed to know which breed is going to be your best match (or if your current four-legged friend is your ultimate counterpart)? Turn to the stars, of course. Here, the best dog for every zodiac sign.
What’s the science behind the weird behaviors of cats and dogs? Live Science looked into several mysteries, including why dogs eat poop and why cats stretch so much, to explain the possible evolutionary and biological reasons for each. Let’s take a leap into the wild brains of your adorable, and often baffling, four-legged housemates.
Since the beginning of time, animals have gone extinct on Earth for many different reasons, such as a dramatic climate shifts, natural disasters, or human intervention. For decades, the notion of “de-extinction”—or the resurrection of an already extinct animal— has hovered on the scientific fringes. Now, new advances in science and genetic engineering, specifically biotechnology, could enable scientists to bring some of these animals “back” from extinction, and there are a few already on the list. Here are some of the candidate species scientists are currently considering for de-extinction.
The greatest holiday in the history of holidays is Halloween (actual fact). Grown adults get to dress in any ridiculous costume they want without being judged and kids get to collect as much candy as humanly possible. But we’re not the only ones who get to enjoy the spookiest holiday of the year — our pets… View Article
Brain scans show that with dogs, it’s what you say — and how you say it A new study by a team of Hungarian researchers suggests that dogs understand both the words we say and how we say them by using the same parts of the brain as humans do to recognize and process spoken language. The study… View Article
For those of you battling the harsh winter storms, it will most likely come as a relief to know that Pennsylvania’s most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, failed to see his shadow on Tuesday morning. Considered a yearly tradition by the people of Punxsutawney, PA, Groundhog Day predicts whether or not we’ll have six more weeks of winter… View Article
According to Discovery News, a new disease that is threatening the lives of tadpoles has been discovered in six countries across three continents and could disrupt the life cycle of frogs everywhere. The discovery was made by researchers at the University of Exeter as well as scientists from the Natural History Museum in London. The… View Article
This week the world has been reeling over the death of beloved Cecil the Lion after he was shot and killed for sport by an American dentist on safari in Zimbabwe. The dentist in question–Walter James Palmer runs his business practice in Minnesota and has now been targeted by the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force. The… View Article
The beaches of Oak Island, NC cautiously reopened on Monday after a weekend ravaged by freak shark attacks that resulted in two swimmers losing their limbs. The first attack happened on Sunday, when a 12-year old girl lost her arm below the elbow to a shark while she was swimming in waist-deep water. The second… View Article