1. All dogs can be traced back 40 million years ago to a
weasel-like animal called the Miacis which dwelled in trees and dens. The
Miacis later evolved into the Tomarctus, a direct forbear of the genus Canis,
which includes the wolf and jackal as well as the dog.
2. Ancient Egyptians revered their dogs. When a pet dog would die,
the owners shaved off their eyebrows, smeared mud in their hair, and mourned
aloud for days.
3. During the Middle Ages, Great Danes and Mastiffs were sometimes
suited with armor and spiked collars to enter a battle or to defend supply
4. Pekingese and Japanese Chins were so important in the ancient
Far East that they had their own servants and were carried around trade routes
as gifts for kings and emperors. Pekingese were even worshipped in the temples
of China for centuries.
5. After the fall of Rome,, human survival often became more important than breeding and training dogs. Legends of
werewolves emerged during this time as abandoned dogs traveling in packs
commonly roamed streets and terrified villagers.
6. During the Middle Ages, mixed breeds of peasants’ dogs were
required to wear blocks around their necks to keep them from breeding with
noble hunting dogs. Purebred dogs were very expensive and hunting became the
province of the rich.
7. Plato once said that ”a dog has the soul of a philosopher
So how does your dog cool down
in the heat of summer? Find a shady spot, drink plenty of water or stay
Well not these dogs:
Shari Morehead Labradors
pictured here are Mongo Pete, Little Pete, Auggie, Odie and Sugar Bear. Shari
calls them her “Lab Team.” On this sunny summer day, the labs found a
large stick in the River and competed to bring it over to Shari “When they
all find one stick, they all want that stick.”
Carol Gattis trains a brood
of lab puppies in her backyard pool. Carol says, “At this age, they’re
unable to jump out of the pool on their own.” But it sure makes for a
Phil Carlson’s four dogs were
enjoying some sun and relaxation in the backyard pool in Denver, Colorado. (But
then the dogs realized they had no way out of the pool.)
Our thanks to MNN for helping
us with these great pictures.
Do you have any pictures of
your puppy or dog keeping cool, if so please send to Euro Puppy
An enjoyable video of one of our breeders and their
dogs and puppies keeping cool during the heat wave here in Hungary. The temperatures
have been over 36c for the past 10 days and looks likely to continue for the foreseeable