Posts by Hope Smith

10 Unique Space-Themed Dog Names

What's Your Mutt DNA Silhouette of a dog walking down a mountain with the sunset in the background

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here are some space-inspired ideas if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.   Arabella One…

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The Origin of Dog-Related Sayings

A painting by George Cruikshank called "Very Unpleasant Weather", painted in 1835, of people in a town being rained on by cats and dogs.

The history of humankind and dogs go way back, so it’s no surprise that many of our common phrases involve dogs! If you’re curious about the meanings of some of the less literal dog sayings and idioms, you’ve come to the right place.   Dog Days of Summer The dog days of summer refer to…

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19 Unique Dog Names Inspired by Mythology

What's Your Mutt DNA A painting titled "Pallas Athena and the herdsman’s dogs" painted by Briton Riviére in 1876 depicting the goddess Athena looking over 5 hunting dogs

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here are some mythology-inspired ideas if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.   Dewi A…

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Breed Spotlight: Dalmatian

What's your Mutt DNA Adult dalmatian dog standing in field of flowers with forest in the background

History The origin of the Dalmatian is widely debated, although it is accepted that the breed has been around for centuries. Art and literature from Europe, Asia, and Africa all provide compelling arguments that they are the Dalmatian’s place of origin. According to The New Complete Dog Book, a official publication of the American Kennel…

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Breed Spotlight: Portuguese Water Dog

Portuguese Water Dog standing in a grassy field with a half shaved cut.

History The Portuguese Water Dog originated in the Algarve region of Portugal where it was bred to assist at shipyards. These dogs were tasked with guarding ships, herding fish into fishermen’s nets, retrieving lost tackle or broken nets, and acting as couriers from ship to ship, or ship to shore. They would sometimes travel with fishing…

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Dog Dreams

Black and tan mixed breed dog taking a nap on a blue blanket in a house.

Anyone who has been around a dog has probably noticed that they sleep very frequently. Dogs, on average, snooze approximately 12-14 hours per day, often off and on as opposed to humans’ all-at-once sleep schedule. Many dog caretakers have observed their dogs dreaming, sometimes even acting out their dreams by whining or “running” in their…

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19 Unique Dog Names Inspired by Plants

What's Your Mutt DNA A Bernese mountain dog sitting in a field of blue flowers

Are you looking for a name for your new dog that’s a little different? A name that, when you call it at the dog park, won’t have 3 different pooches running up to you? Here are some ideas inspired by plants if you just can’t quite come up with something unique on your own.  …

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Can Dogs Detect Cancer?

Closeup of a black and white dog's nose.

We’ve likely all heard about the possibility of dogs being able to detect cancer. With about 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, dogs may be able to smell anywhere from 40-100,000 times better than humans. This allows them to be able to detect compounds at the low parts-per-billion range, according to Nancy Dreschel, a…

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Breed Spotlight: Azawakh

Side view of an Azawakh dog walking outside in the grass in front of a forest

History The Azawakh originated thousands of years ago in Mali, Niger, and Burkina Faso in Africa as a sighthound and secondarily, as a guard dog and companion. They were originally rasied in the Sahel region of the Sahara Desert by the Tuareg and other ethnic tribes of the southern Sahel. While the harsh conditions of the…

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The Amazing Adaptations of Sled Dogs

Musher with team of sled dogs in front of mountains of Denali National Park.

A Brief History The use of dogs to pull sleds has been traced back to around 9,000 years ago through remains on Zhokhov Island in the East Siberian Sea. Archaeological analysis of dog remains showed that, by this time, the inhabitants of the island had domesticated two varieties of dogs: hunters and draft animals. Since…

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