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Your Furry Friend

For those of you who own a dog, who is the first one to greet you once you get home and walk in through the door? I bet it’s your dog! There’s a good chance that your dog is your best pal even though the two of you don’t belong to the same species. Read on to find out more about your furry friend that you might not have known before!

(1) Dogs Have The Ability To See Colors

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Dogs do not see only shades of black, white, and gray and they are far from colorblind! Dogs definitely see different wavelengths of light. Dogs can see a variety of violets, blues, and yellows in their color spectrum.

A scientist named Jay Neitz conducted a test where dogs were shown three panels. Two of the three panels were the same colors and one was a different color. The dogs had to identify the panel that was the different color and were rewarded a treat for doing so. Neitz concluded that the dogs were able to identify the odd color out of the three panels.

(2) Storms Can Hurt Your Dog’s Ears

The sound frequency during thunderstorms that dogs hear can hurt their ears. When your furry friend runs around during a storm, it could be pain in his or her ears. It’s a good idea to get an anti-static jacket to cover your dog with to protect his or her ears from the storms.

(3) It Was Originally Dogs Who Wore Dog-Tags

If you’ve been a marine, soldier, pilot, or sailor before, you’ve probably worn a dog-tag before with your identification information on it without knowing why they are really called dog-tags.

These military dog-tags are named after dogs because they resembled the tags on collars that dogs wore. In the 1850’s, there were a number of laws passed that required dogs to wear dog-tags with their owner’s name written on them. That way, if these dogs killed sheep and other livestock, the owners of the dogs would have to pay. These laws were put into place in the first place because President Thomas Jefferson’s sheep were being killed by other people’s dogs.

In the American Civil War (1861-1865), only about 58% of the killed soldiers could be identified. It was a concern that families would not know what happen to their family members if they were killed in battle. Many soldiers wrote their names on their uniforms or hang name tags from strings around their necks so that if they died on the battlefield, it would be possible to identify their bodies and send messages to their families.

Soon it became a standard issue for all soldiers to wear these name tags, which they called dog-tags.

 

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