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Dog Facts to Amaze You!

Dog Eats Razor Blades, Lives

Four-figure claims from pets consuming everything from illegal drugs to razor blades

Eating without limits causes some crazy claims from a top US pet insurance. Embrace pet insurance picked the top 5 strangest things pets have eaten and the associated claims costs from over a thousand accident claims received annually – the costs for pet ingestion claims range from the lowest being $32 and the highest being $3,000.

Isabella, A Golden Retriever who became sick with THC intoxication, the active ingredient in marijuana was among the most expensive claims on the list. She was not alone in her illegal substance ingestion, Daisy, a mixed breed dog cost her owner $553 after munching on marijuana cookies.

Despite dogs dominating this list, one feline friend, Sappho, a Russian Blue cat that ingested a portion of a bra strap also made it onto the list.

Laura Bennett CEO & Co-Founder of Embrace commented, "Pets are inevitably going to get up to devious escapades; most owners do their best to keep furry loved ones safe but this list just goes to show that the dangers and risks to our pet's health often go beyond the boundaries of our imagination. Thankfully all these pets were lucky to have lived to fight another day."

The following list details the top 5 craziest things pets ingested and how expensive each were to put right.


These claims show that there are risks all around a pet's environment. Inanimate objects aside, there are also dangers associated with poisoning.

Worth a look in relation to this story:

Ancient Dog Skull Is Really Old

An ancient dog skull preserved in a cave in the Altai Mountains of Siberia for 33,000 years has turned our ideas of man's relationship with his 'best friend' on its head according to reports.

The canine cranium is the remains of one of the oldest examples of a domesticated dog ever found – and its sheer age suggests that modern dogs may have more than just a single ancestor.

Read all about this new, ancient amazing dog fact: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2091192/Dog-skull-Siberia-33-000-years-old–hints-mans-best-friend-didnt-come-single-ancestor.html#ixzz1kP86wy9L

Isaac Newton Didn’t Invent Gravity but He Did Invent the Doggy Door

Isaac Newton, as the legend goes, had an apple fall on his bonce and just like that we got to learn about this thing we call gravity.

Newton, being a bit of a boffin who liked to work on his number crunching alone in his study, was reputed to have been disturbed one too many times by his cat.

Ever the resourceful chap Newton set about solving the cat disturbance problem by creating a flap in the door through which his feline companion could come and go without the eminent physics man ever having to leave his chair or remove his hand from his chin. With that, the world received the thing we now call the cat flap or, in bigger sizes, the doggy door.

World’s Most Famous Greyhound?

Rarely is a sport dominated so indefinitely by one lone spirit. Perhaps, one might argue, that the legacy of Mick The Miller does not still dominate only the sport of Greyhound racing, but indeed the culture of ‘the dogs’. Although his racing career ended over seventy years ago, the far reaching cries from the crowd as he dashed past the winning post still resonate as strongly today as they did on April 28, 1928 at Dublin’s Shelbourne Park, where Mick claimed his first of many victories.


On This Day…Dog Awarded Military Medal

It may seem strange, but it really happened.  On this date in 1943, the distinguished service medal was awarded to Chips — a half husky, half shepherd dog, donated to the war effort by his owners in Pleasantville, New York.  Chips was part of the 3rd Infantry Division during its landing in Sicily.

His citation notes his "courageous action in singlehandedly eliminating a dangerous machine gun nest and causing surrender of the crew." 

Four months later, the medal was rescinded when the War Department issued regulations prohibiting the award of such decorations to animals.  Not all dogs may be so brave, but they are all loved by their owners.  Across the U.S. there are 72 million dogs and many households have two.  You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.

Worth a read for inquisitive doggy types…Why do dogs mark their territory?

Can Dogs Die From Eating Chocolate?

True dog fact: yes, dogs can die from eating chocolate.

Interesting dog fact: no, your dog will most likely NOT die from eating a stolen mars bar.

Here's an interesting case of chocolate poisoning in dogs…..

.Vets Now, an emergency out of hours veterinary clinic provider, has admitted an unusually high number of dogs recently who have been sniffing out the leftover Christmas chocolates, with almost fatal consequences.

The Vets Now Sheffield clinic alone has seen three cases in the past few weeks, highlighting the fact that many owners may be unaware of the dangers that chocolate poses if consumed by our four legged friends.  Our pets are just as partial to a sweet treat as we are; however, even a small amount of chocolate, if consumed by your pet, can be enough to cause death.  Dogs are most commonly affected by chocolate poisoning although cats, especially kittens, parrots and rodents are also susceptible.

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Reasons Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats

Dogs always seem to make really BIG headlines when they’ve done something bad. It’s just the way it is. There’s little doubt that there is a groundswell of people who simply do not like – maybe even hate – dogs and eagerly await their next opportunity to knock them.

We dog owners know the great benefits that dog ownership brings us, but next time you find yourself having to try and explain just how and why dogs have earned their place by our side all throughout the world, here’s some of the very real, very solid reasons…

1 Dogs will make you healthier – fact!

If you want to live a healthier life get a dog.  Dr Deborah Wells a psychologist from Queen’s University, Belfast, said dog owners tend to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Writing in the British Journal of Health Psychologyshe revealed how pet owners tended to generally be in better health than the average person.

2 Dog owners have fewer minor ailments and serious medical problems.
It’s long been theorised that dogs can aid recovery from serious illnesses such as heart attacks, and it’s now well proven that dogs can spot oncoming illness, even the presence of cancer or an impending seizure. We haven’t even begun to scrape the surface of how much dogs can still do to aid human health.

3 Having a pet can help children develop better social skills.
Researchers at the University of Leicester discovered that children up to the age of six, living  in pet-owning families have better social skills, better speech, better co-ordination, more confidence and will be less likely to suffer from allergies by the time they start their second year of school.

4 Dogs aid children cope with stress.
A five-year-study of 600 children aged 3-18 years highlighted how children in pet owning homes who suffer from learning difficulties or come from a home where parents have split up, are better able to cope with stress than those children who don’t have access to the companionship of a pet.

5. No more sneezing.
It is traditionally thought that allergy sufferers shouldn’t have a furry or feathered friend. However, recent scientific evidence suggests that the opposite may hold true and pets have an important role to play in building up a child’s immune system. Children who live with a cat or dog in their first years of life have a lower incidence of hay fever and asthma and are less likely to develop animal-related allergies. Recent studies also show that the immune systems of children (particularly between the ages of five and eight) of pet-owning families are more stable than those of children from non-pet owning families – the result being that making pet-owning children are better able to fend off illness. (see PHC ‘Pets & Allergies’ leaflet on this website).

The latest research
New research was presented at the 10th International Conference on Human Animal Interaction in October 2004. This was the first time this triennial conference came to the UK.

Some of the highlights are summarised below:

A PET ALL DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY – Bruce Headey, Melbourne, Australia
A large-scale survey of more than 11,000 Australians, Chinese and Germans proved pet-owners enjoy better health. Over a five year period, pet owners made 15 – 20% fewer annual visits to the doctor than non pet-owners. Results showed that the healthiest group – those who went to the doctor least – was those who continuously owned a pet. The next healthiest group had obtained a pet during the study period, having not had one before. The least healthy groups were people who had never owned a pet, or no longer did.

Dr June McNicholas, a health psychologist, presented findings of a study which examined 256 children (aged five to eleven years) in three schools in England and Scotland. The key findings were:

* Absenteeism through illness was significantly less among pet-owning children
* Children in reception and Year 1 classes had 18 per cent and 13 per cent better attendance respectively than non-pet owning children
* Pet-owning children attended school for an additional three weeks extra school compared to non-pet owning children (aged five to seven years).

6 Stroking a cat or dog can bring down blood pressure and one study of 369 heart-attack survivors found that those who had dogs were less likely to die within a year than those who didn’t.

6 The British Medical Journal found that pets can often act as social catalysts’. This was particularly important for those at risk of social isolation, such as the elderly or those with physical disabilities. A Warwick University study said 40% of dog owners say they make friends more easily due to their pet.

7 Pets can help recently widowed people deal with stress. A UK study revealed that three months after bereavement, pet owners had fewer physical symptoms, such as crying, than non-pet owners.

8 Cats can help you overcome stress. A Cats Protection study of 500 cat owners aged over 55 revealed 82% found that their cat helped them overcome feelings of stress; 62% said cat ownership helped overcome feelings of loneliness and 75% sometimes preferred to share their feelings with their cat rather than a partner or friend.

The same survey also looked at 100 cat owners aged 13 years or under where 80% said their cat helped them get on better with family and friends while 87% of children regard their cat as a close friend’.

9 Whilst it may seem obvious, owning a dog is a sure fire way to make sure you – and your pet – get some regular exercise by taking it out for walks on a daily basis – dog owners often reason that their dogs keep them fitter than they would do if they didn’t have the incentive to take the dog out.

10 Dogs make us laugh. They’re naturally comedic. Don’t believe me?

What Language Do Dogs Speak?

Many people believe dogs understand the meaning of words. In fact, dogs understand sounds and make associations with them.

For example, to a dog, the sound of a fridge door opening is not really any different to hearing their owner say 'sit' or any equivalent word in a different language – with the exception that in the case of dog training commands the dog has been taught to respond to a certain sound with a particular action.

There have been cases in the news where owners have claimed their dogs don't understand commands in a particular language.

For instance:

Ask Henri the black Labrador to stay, and he will most likely stand stock still, staring at you expectantly.

The problem is, he will do exactly the same thing if you ask him to sit, fetch, or roll over.

For although Henri now lives in Yorkshire with his English owner, the four-year-old was born and raised in France, and he seems to be having a little trouble learning a new language.

Full story:

In reality, it is simply a case of a dog getting used to hearing new sounds from a new voice. Language comprehension is not the issue at all.


Professional dog trainer North East / Durham / Newcastle

Do Dog Owners Live Longer?

Do dog owners out live non dog owners?

According to some academics, yes!

Dog Owners Live Longer, Are Happier and Healthier: Report

Academic research has revealed that dog owners are happier, healthier and likely to live longer. Whilst it has been established for some time that pet ownership makes people happier, it has now been shown that the benefits of owning a dog outstrip those of cat or any other animal.

A psychologist from Queen's University, Belfast, said dog owners tended to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

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Did a Rabbit Chasing Dog Jump Off a Cliff?

According to Britain's Daily Mail, a dog did indeed have a run in (or should that be a run off) with a cliff.

A rescue effort was launched after a Jack Russell plummeted over a cliff as he chased rabbits in Sidmouth, Devon.

A coastguard team was scrambled to the scene and a crewman was winched down the drop to save Rory, who landed some 30ft down the cliff face.

The two-year-old dog suffered just a few cuts after his fall down the cliff, which is known as Jacob’s Ladder.


Dogs running off cliffs is not all that unusual. Dogs, it seems, have a habit of causing mayhem and mischief.

Did you know, in the book News Hounds by Ryan O'Meara, a story of a dog eating a pair of bicycle handlebars was just one of the many amazing canine catastrophes recorded.

How about this lot…

10 (completely genuine) dog insurance claims.

1.Luke, a four year old Doberman from the West Midlands, ran up a bill of more than £215 after a 38 inch leather belt had to be removed from his stomach.

2.Rusty, a Bull Terrier from Kent astonished vets after managing to consume a pair of bicycle handle bars.

3.Mr A Mills of Motherwell, whose Border Collie was not insured, attempted to claim on his home insurance after an accident in his back garden, when he accidentally peppered poor Mandy with air rifle pellets.

4.Following an attack from a pet Burmese python, Rudy’s injuries cost his owners the princely sum of £2,400, plus the loss of the snake.

5.Bayley, a five year old Dachshund from Hinckley in Leicestershire, required urgent attention after snacking on two of his owner’s golf balls.
6.Sian, a three year old mongrel from Swansea, broke her leg after falling from a sit-down lawnmower. This cost Huw Pickering, a retired insurance broker, £2,000 in vet’s bills.

7.Lee Sidney was left in tears after falling on top of his West Highland terrier, Jake, and fracturing two of the dogs ribs during a barbecue at his rugby club.

8.Lincolnshire couple Ruth and Marco LaBrie were charged £216 by the vet that removed assorted nuts and bolts from the stomach of Nelson, their Bassett.

9.Gemma, a miniature Schnauzer from Reading, diced with danger after swallowing a tube of super-glue. A second operation was necessary when the stitches became loose.

10.Gentle giant Mal the St Bernard needed surgery after destroying his gums by trying to clean the remaining bits of potato from a potato peeler at his home in St Helen’s.

Dog Jumps Off Cliff Video

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