So Long, and Thanks for the Service
Bretagne, a golden retriever that passed away on June 7, 2016, was the last surviving rescue dog from the 9/11 attacks at the World Trade Center. One of 300 to 400 dogs that searched for victims, she also aided rescue efforts during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
Mario Lopez did the voice for Zeus the yellow Labrador retriever in The Dog Who Saved Christmas.
According to one historian, in old German tradition, Mother Christmas was called Frau Holle, and during the 12 days of Christmas, she gave out gifts from a sled pulled by dogs.
The British Veterinary Association has urged dog lovers to stop buying flat-faced breeds due to health problems such as cardiovascular stress, eye prolapses, overheating, weight gain, dental crowding, soft-palate collapse, and skin-fold dermatitis.
During medieval times, a portrait of a couple might have included a dog to symbolize marital fidelity.
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