October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month. There are many great shelters in our area that strive to find great homes for dogs and other pets. In honor of this great month, Boy’s Life Magazine (printed for Boy Scouts) put together a picture article with some fantastic facts about dogs. If you needed a reason to get a dog, here are a few facts to think about:
Did you know that humans have kept dogs as pet for about 12,000 years? There are currently 703 purebred dog breeds. The Wolfhound is the largest breed of dog while the Chihuahua is the smallest. Greyhounds are the fastest dog with speeds up to 45 miles per hour. The most popular breeds of dog are Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Bulldog and Beagle.
Adult dogs have 42 teeth, while humans have 32. But dogs have just 1700 taste buds while humans have 10,000. A dog’s sense of smell is up to 100,000 times stronger than the average human. And despite the rumors you may have heard, dogs are not colorblind. They just don’t see things as clearly as we do. They do have better night vision than humans.
Three dogs managed to survive during the sinking of the Titanic, and America has the largest dog population of any other country. Your perfect dog could be waiting for you right now. Here are phone numbers of some local shelters if you feel a new family member is in your future.
Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter www. peninsulaanimashelter.com (757) 933-8900
Peninsula SPCA www.peninsulaspca.org (757) 595-1399
Heritage Humane Society www.heritagehumanesociety.org (757) 221-0150
Don’t forget to contact the staff at Grafton Animal Hospital at (757) 898-8433 to schedule your complimentary exam for your newly adopted pet.