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First Pack All Over the Map

Theodore Roosevelt had five dogs as “first pets” — Skip (mixed breed); Manchu (Pekingese); Sailor Boy (Chesapeake Bay retriever); and Jack and Pete (terriers).

Researchers at Hunter College, the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne, and the University of Sussex say dogs prefer when you talk to them like babies in a higher than usual pitch and slower tempo.

The proper term for doggie talking is dog-directed speech, or DDS, and researchers found it works better on puppies than older dogs.

Hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and certain lilies are poisonous to dogs according to the ASPCA. Its Animal Poison Control Center hotline is 888-426-4435.

At the ends of chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres. Dogs lose this DNA about 10 times faster than humans. The longer the telomeric DNA, the longer the lifespan of the dog, according to University of Calgary and National Institutes of Health researchers.

Pete the Pup — the dog with the ring around his eye in the Our Gang/Little Rascals shows — was an American Pit Bull Terrier.

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