5 Things To Check Before Getting A Dog

So, you’ve finally decided to get a new addition to your household. Whether this is the first time when you take a pooch in your care or if you’re simply continuing a generation-long family tradition of pet-keeping, this is always a big step in your life that you must always be prepared for. In many senses, getting a dog, or any pet, is as big of a deal as having a baby. The whole catch here is that they never actually grow up and you’ll need to always look after them. Without further ado, we’re presenting a short list with important things to know before getting a dog.

#1 Make Sure You’re Committed

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By far the most important aspect – a dog is a commitment for life. You can’t expect to get one, play with it for a few weeks, and then abandon it once it stops being all fun and giggles and responsibility intervenes. If such a thought even crosses your mind, then you’re far from ready.

Likewise, if you’re a very busy person, it’s not a smart idea either. If you live alone and you are tight on a schedule that implies spending hours upon hours at work, there will be no time for the pup and you’ll unknowingly end up neglecting it. It will turn into a chore.

#2 Make Sure You’re Financially Prepared

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Owning a dog isn’t just time-consuming, it can also be pretty heavy on your pockets, depending from one case to another. A dog obviously needs special food and, for a happy life, you should make them happy with toys, treats, and special sleep places. If your dog requires extensive grooming, save up some money for that too. But above all, there are some expenses bound to be made if your mutt falls ill and requires a trip to the vet’s office.

#3 Make Sure Your Home is “Dog-Proof”

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Especially if your new pet is a youthful puppy, it will be hard to contain their curiosity and keep them from exploring the house. Be prepared for this situation and keep away any possible dangers. Hide toxic substances or sharp substances. Also, try to prevent any possible household hazards by always keeping the door to your bathroom locked (no toilet bowl drinking) or making your trash bin inaccessible to any incoming rummaging.

#4 Make Sure You’re Patient for Adjustments

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Your dog will need some time to adjust to the new environment. This means that they will need to learn the locations in the house and the key places for them. Place the food and water bowls in a place that’s easily accessible and easy to remember.

Most importantly, your pet will almost definitely do a little bit of peeing and the likes in random places inside of the house at first. This is understandable since the dog doesn’t know where they’re allowed to release their needs yet. Scold them firmly but gently and keep pointing them into the right direction until they memorize it.

#5 Make Sure to Get the Right Breed

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We saved this one for last because it’s the most pivotal aspect of the choosing process. There are countless of dog breeds out there and, despite what you may or may not know, you can’t get the same experience regardless of the breed.

Certain dogs aren’t made for a city lifestyle, where they have to live in the confinement of a flat without frequent exercise. Moreover, you need to also consider your climate and, for example, avoid breeds with thick and long fur if you live in a generally warm area.

Do you want a small dog? A big dog? Do you live near water and want a dog that enjoys swimming? Do you want to take your mutt out hunting? There are so many questions that can only be answered by talking to a professional dog breeder. You can also consult various specialized quizzes that try to find the right breed for you from the comfort of your seat in front of the computer.

Animal Groups Names You Didn’t Know (Part 3)

The last and final part of the list, showing you some interesting and perhaps fascinating animal groups names that you didn’t know. Like most of us, you probably used it wrong the entire time, though it’s not like many people would know them. So, you’re in luck. We searched through it and found the most amusing names we could find that are collective nouns.

It should be mentioned that these are certainly not all of them. You could always move back to part two, or travel further back to part one where it all started. So here we go, presenting you part three of animal groups names you didn’t know.

A Tower of Giraffes

We’ll kick this one off with a well-fitting noun that has a very clear intention behind it. Giraffes are tall. Towers are all. Yes, we can follow that logic. We’re with you.

An Implausibility of Gnus

If you don’t know what a gnu is, they are those horde animals that make the long migration across the African savannas in search for places with more food and water. In their travels, they become prey themselves, to cheetahs, lions, crocodiles, and basically turn into a running buffet for carnivores. So, it’s probably implausible that the whole group will survive.

A Tribe of Goats

It’s more commonly referred to as a “flock” or a “herd”, so you wouldn’t be wrong if you don’t opt for the lesser-known “tribe”.

A Glint of Goldfishes

The beautifully colored little fishes with infamous short memories are shimmering tiny lights when hit with the sun’s rays. At least, that’s why we think they gained their animal groups name.

A Bazaar of Guillemots

If you’ve ever seen how these birds band together, you would agree that their collective noun would be “bazaar.” It’s crowded, loud, and everyone is looking for the same kind of food.

A Screech of Gulls

The noises that are more commonly attributed to the sea is the screech of gulls. You know you’re close to the water when you hear their memorable sound. It’s only fitting that it would become part of their collective noun.

A Siege of Herons

The birds strike forward and attack their prey, pushing their long beaks into the water with a quick snatch. It’s fast, and it’s powerful. You can imagine how a group of them doing it would be like.

A Bloat of Hippopotamuses

Not a very flattering one, but pretty obvious considering the aspect of this surprisingly dangerous animal. Besides, “bloat” is better than “fat”.

A Bike of Hornets

It’s not just a “nest”, although that would be accurate as well. The collective noun for hornets is “bike”, as that could refer to loud sounds they collectively make. Only it’s more threatening.

A Stud of Horses

It’s not just a singular expression that is often attributed to manly, resourceful men, or let’s say, successful on an intimate level, but “stud” also refers to a group of horses. That is as long as they’re owned by the same person. If not, it’s “team”, “troop”, or “herd”.

A Cackle of Hyenas

Since hyenas are mostly represented as the thieving animals who steal prey and basically do an evil laugh while doing it, the term “cackle” shouldn’t be surprising. It’s amusingly fitting, though.

A Plague of Insects

Perhaps it sounds unfair to attribute such a negative noun to all insects, considering some of them actually do a lot of good for the world. Although perhaps when there are more of them they can become a nuisance.

A Smack of Jellyfish

If they do smack you, it will be painful, so it’s probably fitting that their animal group name will warn you of their abilities. If you’ve ever been stung by one, you’ve known true pain from such a small sting.

A Leap of Leopards

Another beautiful large feline who has gotten a collective noun that is well fitting with their incredible skills. Don’t be fooled by the pictures of leopards lounging on trees because they have definitely worked on those leg muscles.

A Lounge of Lizards

Some of them are lazy and are known to lounge around, doing basically nothing. There are some though that are pretty fast once you get them pumped up enough, though.

A Richness of Martens

What do you get when you mix an otter with a fox? Probably a marten, a cute animal with rich fur which can definitely be vicious when provoked.

A Mischief of Mice

They certainly are mischievous enough to gain that name for their collective noun. They sneak around, steal, and frighten most people. Besides, they have superpowers. All they have to do is show up to close down a restaurant.

A Scourge of Mosquitoes

Just after hearing the name we can fully understand why. They’re irritating and can wreak havoc if let inside the house, and are quite the carriers of a few dangerous diseases.

A Watch of Nightingales

“We are the Watchers on the Wall”. It may be a wrong reference, but Game of Thrones’ Night Watch with “a watch of nightingales”? Maybe? There’s no connection since the name was coined a while ago, but it’s certainly more easy to think of today.

A Romp of Otters

Or a “raft” depending on which one sounds better to you. On one hand, they can be vicious and well, a little too active, but they’re also known to float together, holding hands. Which is otterly adorable! You’ve probably heard that one before, but it’s hard to abstain.

A Stare of Owls

Otherwise called a “parliament” of owls, though their stares are probably more iconic, unblinking and twisting their head as if utterly confused by your words.

A Pandemonium of Parrots

It’s not only a beautiful alliteration, but it’s also fitting. With their tremendous amounts of hues, a group of parrots can certainly be a pandemonium of colors.

An Ostentation of Peacocks

They’re fabulous, and they flaunt it. And let’s face it, the way they stand out is not subtle at all, although it’s remarkably beautiful.

A Prickle of Porcupines

Perhaps an “ouch of porcupines” did not sound too good.

A Rhumba of Rattlesnakes

Given that they have all the instruments they need directly into their tail, shaking and dancing, rattlesnakes do certainly sound like a rhumba. A deadly one. If you hear that music, it’s time to back off.

An Unkindness of Ravens

A beautifully poetic collective noun, and an excellent symbol of the animal who has been used over and over again in literature or even movies.

A Stubbornness of Rhinos

Or a “crash of rhinos”, if you would prefer. However, if they’re stubborn, it’s advised that you just let them be. You’re not going to win that clash of heads.

A Congress of Salamanders

If this is a jab at politics because they’re slippery and disappear when you need them, or not, we don’t know. Possibly. Very likely.

A Shiver of Sharks

Certainly one of the many reactions they inspire, even though there is little to fear. Media and movies, such as “Jaws” have portrayed the wrong image of this majestic animal. They are not the bloodthirsty creature they are made out to be. However, they are animals, and they have their instincts, so don’t go poking at them like a little aquarium fish.

An Escargatoire of Snails

It’s perhaps not something that would easily come to your mind, though saying “group” wouldn’t actually be correct. The other options are “rout” or “walk” for these, sometimes edible, creatures.

A Streak of Tigers

Or an “ambush” of tigers, depending on which one would come more easily to you. However, given that they’re solitary creatures and you’ll rarely see them in groups, don’t worry about it.

A Generation of Vipers

Snakes do seem to have a share amount of special collective nouns for them. There must be something symbolic behind that, though keep in mind that they’re not creatures commonly attributed to good things. Except the rhumba of rattlesnakes. That sounds good and funky!

A Wisdom of Wombats

We’re starting to think that alliteration is a major player in picking this animal groups names for them. Although, perhaps wombats are wise.

A Descent of Woodpeckers

They are well known for their habits of pecking on trees with a loud and trademark sound. Commonly, they start at the top and go progressively lower on the trunk until they find food.

A Dazzle of Zebras

The last on this list are the mesmerizing, black and white zebras who dazzle and boggle the mind at the same time. We cannot count the number of puzzles that have been using their beautifully complex patterns over and over again. Also, another fact worth mentioning, their stripes are unique. Each zebra has its own pattern, like a fingerprint.

And with that, we conclude this series. Are there more interesting names we have missed?

Animal Groups Names You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

The list continues showing you the oddest and most interesting animal groups names out there, a fascinating concept in itself. It’s a beautiful way of expression and display of their traits and, on some occasions, of what they represent. At the very least, our human interpretations of different animal behavior and human-like qualities. We can’t actually check if lions have pride since it’s more likely an instinct of self-preservation. But we won’t ruin it for you.

And this is not even the beginning of it.

A Team of Cattle

A strong representation of hard work, cattle band together, graze together, live together, and are often put simultaneously at work. It stands to reason that they would be called a team when they’re all in one place.

A Coalition of Cheetahs

An alliance of the fierce and fast animals that roam around savannas. They are considered to be the fastest cats on earth, so it’s probably their only option to forge a partnership with others who can keep up. Especially if they’re cheating…

A Chattering of Chicks

Feel free to read anything into it. Even though the fairer sex is commonly associated with endless chatter in the media, this is much more likely addressing the incessant chirping of little chicks. It’s like an unending choir that does not stop until they grow.

A Bed of Clams

Some of them might be edible while they’re still fresh, and viciously dangerous if they’re not. It would be odd to say you’ve eaten a bed of clams or order it, but it’s good to know most of us have been saying it all wrong.

A Quiver of Cobras

One of the delightfully appropriate and beautiful animal groupings name there is. Whether it’s referring to the threatening light quivering of the snakes or the common reaction to them, it’s certainly fitting.

An Intrusion of Cockroaches

It cannot get more appropriate than this. They are the enemies of our kitchens and unwelcomed guests in any house. Certainly, they fit as the intruders that everyone tries to exterminate.

A Raft of Coots

These water birds swim together in a tight formation, especially as little hatchlings. They float slowly but steadily, giving off the impression of a raft calmly going through the motions of the water.

A Gulp of Cormorants

Another species of birds that dwell in the waters. Cormorants have a quick and easy way to swallow their food, all done in one swoop gulp. In fact, they’re such efficient hunters that Chinese fishermen traditionally use them to catch fish. However, their throats are tied up, so they can’t gulp down their catch.

A Kine of Cows

It’s not a herd nor a pack, it’s a kine. For such a common and well-known animal, it may be surprising that we haven’t referred to them right.

A Band of Coyotes

They might not be rock stars, but coyotes certainly like singing together and causing shivers to run down the spines of listeners. It’s a fascinating habit of the canines, and exceptional to hear… as long as you’re not too close.

A Cast of Crabs

These tiny little critters move like a cast of ballerinas sideways, so the name is beyond fitting.

A Float of Crocodiles

They might be heavy, dangerous, and one of the most ancient ancestor of the extinct dinosaurs. Crocodiles swim in the deep end of the water to control their body temperature, but they also float together on the surface. Nothing but their eyes and the tip of their snout edges out.

A Murder of Crows

Possibly one of the most well-known collective noun due to literature, music, and movies. However, they’re also called a parcel or a storytelling of crows.

A Gang of Deer

Roaming the forests mostly together, the more commonly used word is “herd”. It’s not incorrect, but it’s certainly not the most interesting. They are also called a “leash of deer”.

A Clash of Bucks

An easy one to interpret, if only for their famous clashes and fights that make these otherwise innocent-looking animals terrifying. One push of their horns will send you homeward.

A Cry of Hounds

Dogs, in general, are referred to as the well-known “kennel of dogs”. However, hounds have a few collective nouns from themselves, including cry and mute.

A Pitying of Turtle Doves

Or a “pitenousness” of turtle doves. This is in spite of the fact that normal doves can be called a dule, a dole, a cote, or a paddling.

A Badling of Ducks

Available only for the ground birds. It’s safer just to call them a flock, though.

A Convocation of Eagles

Recognized as one of the noblest and proudest animals, eagles do not gain the name of flock or herd. Oh no, leave that to the “petty ducks”.

A Fry of Eels

Is it because they can actually fry things with their electricity? Possibly.

A Memory of Elephants

Hinged on one of the most well-known facts about the massive animals. Elephants are famous for having an exceptional memory, one that is believed can surpass a human’s given their lifespan.

A Business of Ferrets

They’re not exactly the most formally “dressed” animals, such as penguins and their little tuxedos. However, they do poke their noses into other people’s business, so perhaps that’s the true explanation behind their name.

A Charm of Finches

These tiny little beautiful birds have trademark brightly colored cheeks. It makes them look as if they’re always blushing.

A Flamboyance of Flamingos

With long legs and pink feathers, there’s no doubt that these birds are so flamboyant in their appearance that they’re only missing some tulle. They’re easy to spot and popular around the world for their colors. And they sure flaunt it.

A Knot of Frogs

If you’ve ever seen frogs banding together, you will definitely understand why. In fact, you should go ahead and search it right now if you haven’t. It’s clearly a tight knot between friends.

A Troop of Foxes

It’s also called a “leash”, a “skulk”, or an “earth” of foxes, given the cunning manner of these adorable-looking animals. They have been shown to be smart and resourceful, and actually caring for their cubs.

Not enough? Move on to part three of this series.

Animal Groups Names You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Most of us have heard of animal groups such as “a parliament of owls”, “a murder of crows”, or “an army of ants”. These are classics that we meet in day-to-day life, or perhaps even some choice poetry. They’re beautiful expressions that vary from group to group, depicting their relationships or perhaps their most prized trait.

These have become a symbol for lyrical works of art, such as songs, poetry, and several others. The parliament describes the wisdom of the owls, the murder denotes the possible meaning of death precursors in the form of crows and many others. However, these are just some of the classics. There are many, many more animal groups that you likely did not know, and here are some of them from A to Z.

A Congregation of Alligators

The symbolism behind this choice of words is all in togetherness. Alligators naturally emit low vibrations through the water when trying to find the right mate. Such as them, this name talks about using everything we have for the purpose of gathering all the right people around us.

A Shrewdness of Apes

A symbol of the animal’s ingenuity, they band together to find the best way to survive, whether that means brute force or gentle strength.

A Pace of Asses

A slow, methodical, and enduring animal, who may not be the fastest, but it’s certainly one of the most reliable.

A Troop of Baboons

A herd animal who lives, hunts, and attacks together with his pack.

A Cete of Badgers

Possibly a Latin derivation from the word “coetus” or “coire”, which means to come together.

A Battery of Barracudas

A commonly used collective noun that quite possibly started with the dangerous predators of the waters.

A Cloud of Bats

Quite an easy interpretation would speak about this animals group habits of flying together, banding across the skies like a dark cloud looming over.

A Sloth of Bears

This may sound like a group of bears would be notoriously slow and lazy, but that’s probably only a reference to their hibernation habits. They do sleep for quite a while, but they’re certainly not slow.

A Family of Beavers

A very friendly way to address a group of these log-eater who have shown exceptional teamwork and have become a symbol of the prime construction crew.

A Brood of Chicks

There are numerous names for birds, and they do seem to vary, depending on their age and environment. A brood of chicks are the clear symbol of the tight group they walk in while following their mother closely.

A Flight of Birds

Available for avian birds who grace the skies.

A Volery of Birds

It’s the collective nouns for game birds, though it’s highly unknown and rarely used. Most would certainly opt for the simple “flock”. That would be wrong though.

A Flock of Birds

And there we have it. The right collective known for birds who dwell on the ground, sometimes also known as a “dissimulation of birds”. According to the rules, you’ve likely been using the word “flock of birds” wrong for years.

A Wreck of Birds

There’s one more, this in particular for a group of seabirds that dwell around the waters. They often appear around wreckage and seeing diving into the water, bolding finding prey around the surface.

A Sute of Bloodhounds

It’s not a pack of hunting dogs that you see hunters take with them. It’s a sute.

A Gang of Buffalos

Or otherwise called an obstinacy of buffalos, a symbol of their stubbornness and violent clashes.

A Flutter of Butterflies

That’s right, it’s not just a simple group, but these beautiful insects do have their more artistic name.

A Caravan of Camels

Likely an easy guess, a representation of the animals main usage, helping people crossing the arid deserts and moving their caravans due to their exceptional water supply.

A Pounce of Cats

There are several collective nouns that would work for the internet’s favorite animals. It would also be accurate to say a dout of cats, a nuisance of cats, a glorying, a glare, or, the more common one, a clowder.

An Intrigue of Kittens

The tiny little baby cats have their own category. Apparently, they have not become a “nuisance of cats” yet.

A Destruction of Wildcats

Perhaps an expected name, considering the true potential hiding behind those claws and undomesticated behavior.

There are many, many more interesting collective nouns out there, all with hidden meanings, clear purposes, or downright confusing connotations. However, it’s interesting to see how many of us have been wrong for a long time.

Part two of the list is available if you want to check it out!

8 Most Famous Dogs Of All Time

“Dogs are man’s best friends.” It’s a saying that we are all familiar with. However, some dogs are more than the faithful companions we will remember for years to come. There are some pooches that manage the performance of making history, becoming parts of the memories of many other people aside from their owners. They’ve impressed the whole world, either through deeds that showed immense bravery, either by proving the extent of their loyalty. These are the 8 Most Famous Dogs Of All Time, which are here to prove us all that humans aren’t the only ones capable of incredible achievements.

1. Laika

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The first living and breathing creature that managed to break through Earth’s atmosphere wasn’t a human. Laika is undoubtedly the most famous dog in history, for managing to give us all hope that outer space’s boundaries weren’t impossible to cross. Initially a stray dog, she was recruited by several Soviet scientists with the sole intention of being trained for the space program.

 After going through intensive training, she was the one selected to board the Sputnik 2 ship which sent her in a place no other dog had ever been before. Unfortunately, spaceships at the time had no “return option,” but Soviet officials ensured us that Laika was peacefully euthanized soon after the level of oxygen started dropping.

2. Hachiko

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When a dog has had a statue made to honor it, then you know something truly astonishing must have happened. Hachiko’s statue is in Odete, Japan, his city of origins. Hidesaburo Ueno, his owner, traveled back and forth between Odete and Tokyo via train. Hachiko would go to the train station at a precise hour and, every day, he would wait for him at the entrance. Unfortunately, in May 1925, Ueno didn’t show up anymore, having passed away due to a harsh hemorrhage.

This didn’t make Hackiko’s loyalty waiver since he continued to travel to the train station every day, where he continued to wait for his beloved human. He continued doing this for nine years, only being stopped by death. The Akita Inu was found lifeless in 1935, near the vicinity of the Shibuya station.

3. Appollo

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Appollo was only one of the 350 search-and-rescue dogs that became heroes of the tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11. He and his human partner Peter Davis relentlessly searched for survivors for as much as 16 hours every day. The missions of the SAR police officers and their dogs have been documented by Animal Planet, which noted that the dogs seemed equally heartbroken as their partners when they found victims.

The SAR teams, Appollo included, saved numerous lives in the aftermath of the attacks, and they have undoubtedly become heroes worthy of being celebrated in years to come.

4. Lex

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Lex and his partner, Marine Corps Cpl. Dustin J. Lee, were stationed in Fallujah, Iraq. When an explosive attack was launched on their camp, Lee lost his life and Lex suffered serious injuries. The truly amazing part of this story is the fact that the German shepherd refused to leave the side of his deceased soldier, despite being in need of urgent medical examinations. The medics had to forcefully pull him away from Lee’s body in order to treat his wounds. Having been left unable to continue his duty for the Marines, Lex became the first working military dog that was permitted a premature retirement. He was adopted by Jerome and Rachel Lee, and then became a therapy dog, visiting war veterans in hospitals and helping them with their healing process. Lex died aged 13 in 2012.

Having been left unable to continue his duty for the Marines, Lex became the first working military dog that was permitted a premature retirement. He was adopted by Jerome and Rachel Lee and then became a therapy dog, visiting war veterans in hospitals and helping them with their healing process. Lex died aged 13 in 2012.

5. Benji

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Unlike his other canine fellows on this list, Benji was a fictional hero on the big screens. The 1974 movie Benji melted the hearts of audiences by telling the story of a mixed-breed pooch that went to great lengths to save two kidnapped children. The part was played by a pup named Higgins, who’d been adopted from the Burbank Animal Shelter. Amazingly, Benji’s impact didn’t stop here since over a million dogs were adopted in the year when Benji’s fame was at its peak.

6. Toto

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I’m sure there’s hardly any need to explain Toto’s origins because most of you probably already know. This definitely says a lot about the influence the small mutt has had on the world. Known as Dorothy’s dog in the popular movie adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, Toto was such an iconic figure that over 30% of small dog breed owners have named heir pooches after him. The real life star behind the fictive pup was a 5-year-old terrier named Terry, whose career in the movie industry continued to flourish beyond the success of The Wizard of Oz.

7. Bobbie

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This Collie lived the real life version of Lassie’s story, proving an unshakeable devotion to his family. In 1923, Bobbie was traveling alongside his family, having gotten separated from them at some point. Although his owners turned the world upside down in their searches for him, they eventually had to give up and return home. “Giving up” wasn’t a concept understood by Bobbie, who traveled over four thousand kilometers all across the United States in his quest to return home. Six months since his disappearance, the family found Bobbie on their doorstep, clearly worn out from his long journey.

8. Smoky

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Despite its small size, this Yorkshire terrier was a true WWII survivor. She was found in 1944 by Cpl. William A. Wynne, who immediately grew fond of her. The two of them became inseparable, sharing everything from food ratios to sleeping bags. Smoky managed to elude over 150 air raids, also surviving a destructive typhoon in Oklahoma.

Moreover, she saved the lives of her owner and his comrades on multiple occasions with her fine danger detection senses. With her help, the soldiers managed to stop in time many incoming fires. Smoky became a mascot of WWII, for her incredible ability to beat odds and be a survivor, and she is considered today as one of the first therapy dogs on record.

These 8 Most Famous Dogs Of All Time have shaped history forever, but if you think about it, every dog is the personal hero of its owner.

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