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The Original Meaning of ‘Cynic’

Greek philosopher Diogenes, also known as Diogenes the Cynic, was known for his admiration of dogs. One of the things he liked most was the fact that dogs seemed happy even though they had no possessions. Although cynical means “distrustful,” the word cynic derives from the Greek word that means “dog-like.”

Coronavirus infections in dogs may show up as signs of abdominal discomfort. Most cases are contracted through oral contact with infected fecal matter.

Composer Benjamin Britten had a pet dachshund named Clytie named after soprano Clytie Hine.

Rols, a poodle from Darmstadt in the early 20th century, was a trained opera buff that would attend performances with his owner, Friedrich Schwartz, and bark when he heard a off-key note.

According to veterinarian Dr. Danielle Bernal, feeding a dog one piece of bacon is like a human eating 13 pieces. Bacon can cause gastrointestinal upsets and pancreatitis.

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