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I read this list from the Bark Post of surprising facts about dogs. These are some crazy facts that will really blow your mind! The link is after our commentary.
Dogs are always considered as man’s best friend because they are known for their loyalty. They can also be easily trained. They are capable of learning, and that’s why they make for really good pets. Even so, it’s quite impressive to know that they are “capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures, can count up to five and can perform simple mathematical calculations.”
This article instantly reminded me of Hachiko. He was a very famous Akita dog who was known for his loyalty to his master. In early 1924, Dr. Ueno (who was a Japanese Imperial University Professor) brought a then 2-month old Hachiko home. He and the professor had a very good relationship. The dog would wait for his master at the train station every night and this went on for quite a while.
One day, Hachiko waited for his master at the train station as he normally would. But his master was nowhere to be found. It turns out that the professor died of stroke earlier that day.
From then on, Hachiko kept on waiting every night at the station, hoping for his master to come home. People would take pity on him and would often pet him and feed him. This went on for several years until the day came when Hachiko finally died. One can only be consoled with the thought that this faithful pet had finally joined his master. He was such an admirable dog that a statue was erected in his honor. It’s a well known site in Japan!
Hachiko’s tale is very sad and moving. That pretty much shows us that these creatures are definitely worth the title of “man’s best friend.”
Our dogs are pretty much like us – full of quirks and funny antics. That’s what makes them so endearing and lovable.
Check out the list below and I hope these 21 facts will be able to put a smile on your face as much as they put on mine.