Meet Chaser, an amazing Border Collie. She earned her name because…she loves to chase everything she can. She probably loves to play more than she enjoys her food. Her vocabulary exceeds over 1,000 words-making hers the largest K9 vocabulary in the world. She knows both nouns and verbs individually. She can comprehend nouns and verbs together to form actions. How does she do it? Her owner, John Pilley, is a retired psychology professor. He said the wonder dog has the capabilities of a 2-year-old human. She has learned the names of hundreds of toys after spending nearly 5 hours a day training…And he says that she’s learned most of her knowledge through play (not food treats). As amazing as Chaser’s story is, there’s so much more that she’s taught us. Our four-legged pals are more than just cute, cuddling, ball chasing, command following furry friends…They are living, breathing intellectually capable critters. They deserve not just our love and affections. They deserve respect and appreciation.
For a little more K9 love, here are 20 fun facts about our fur babies-enjoy!
1. Much like human babies, pups enjoy playing hide-and-seek.
2. A dog whose tail is upright and still is focused and excited.
3. While still growing, puppies need 18-20 hours sleep a day (much like human babies in early infancy).
4. By the time they are 4 to 5 months old, pups will reach 50 percent of their eventual body weight.
5. Puppies are born blind, deaf and toothless.
6. Some dogs can be taught to count and can solve simple math problems.
7. Dogs have two times more muscles in their ears than humans have.
8. Dogs with erect ears hear better than dogs with droopy ears.
9. Dogs are mentioned throughout the Bible more than 35 times.
10. Dogs can be taught to detect cancer and blood sugar changes in humans.
11. Petting a dog can lower both blood pressure and heart rates in humans.
12. Dogs’ sense of smell is 10,000 times greater than humans’ sense of smell.
13. When a dog is overheated and panting, his/her sense of smell is reduced by as much as 40 percent.
14. Newborn pups have heat sensors in their noses-allowing them to find their mother while their eyes and ears are not yet working.
15. The best age to allow a puppy to leave Mama and go to the new home is between 8-12 weeks old.
16. No two dogs have the same nose prints.
17. Obesity is the most common health problem for dogs.
18. The world’s oldest dog was 29 years of age.
19. The love hormone, oxytocin, is released in a dog’s brain when it interacts with humans.
20. The Border Collie is considered the smartest breed of dog-like Chaser.