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August 17, 2017

We celebrate National Dog Day on August 26, a chance to remember all the reasons we love dogs, but also a chance to help make the world a better place for dogs. Morris Animal Foundation is in the midst of a dollar-for-dollar gift match, raising funds to support the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. Read on to discover some fun facts about dogs, then learn what you can do right now to help all dogs have longer, healthier lives.

10 fun dog facts:

  1. Sirius – the Dog Star – is the brightest star in the sky and is associated with the dog days of summer when Sirius rises just before the sun in late July.
  2. The most popular dog breed in the United States and Great Britain is the Labrador retriever. In Great Britain, though, recent polls show the French bulldog is poised to take the top spot. 
  3. The pumi, a herding dog that hails from Hungary, is the latest breed recognized by the American Kennel Club – not to be confused with another Hungarian herding dog breed with a similar name, the puli. Relatives of each other, these are two very distinct breeds.
  4. The Beatles included a whistle in their song “A Day in the Life” only audible to dogs!
  5. Greyhounds are the fastest dogs, clocking in at 43 mph, followed closely by the vizsla at 40 mph, and the scrappy Jack Russell terrier at 38 mph.
  6. President James Garfield had a dog named Veto.
  7. There are approximately 2,500 military working dogs in the United States Armed Forces.
  8. Winston Churchill and bulldogs go together, but the Prime Minister not only had a bulldog, he had several miniature poodles, too.
  9. Chaser, a border collie reported to be the “world’s smartest dog,” knows more than 1,000 words, exceeding any other animal except humans.
  10. DNA evidence shows that the Siberian husky, Afghan hound, basenji, chow chow, Akita and saluki are the breeds most closely related to the wolf-like ancestors of today’s dogs.

Tag and Our National Dog Day Dollar-for-Dollar Match

Our dog friends enrich our daily lives with their loyal companionship accompanied by lots of wags and wet kisses. Sadly, their lives are often too short. Recently, a beloved golden retriever named Tag was taken by cancer. His devastated owner channeled her grief into action by supporting the Morris Animal Foundation Golden Retriever Lifetime Study – a one-of-a-kind study that will help scientists better understand the environmental, nutritional, and genetic risk factors for the development of cancer and other canine diseases.

Understanding the incredible potential of the study, Tag’s owner is determined to help dogs everywhere live longer, healthier lives. During our National Dog Day campaign, Tag’s owner generously will match all gifts to the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study dollar for dollar, up to $50,000! This means your contribution goes twice as far to support science that helps ensure a brighter, healthier future for dogs everywhere. But we need your gift by midnight August 26, National Dog Day, to use the match in support of this valuable study.

Please, give today. Your support will help researchers find solutions for serious health issues facing our dogs, including better health screens, diagnostics and treatments for canine diseases. Thank you!