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Happy New Year! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be seeing lots of best-of lists for 2021. Of course, no annual recap would be complete without Man’s Best Friend! A vet lists some of the top doggy highlights of 2021 below.
Do you hate background noise? So does Fido! Researchers at the University of California found that many common household noises, such as microwaves beeping, can be a source of stress for Man’s Best Friend. High frequency sounds, like smoke alarms, were the most upsetting to him. (We’re with you on that one, buddy.)
Researchers in Britain did a groundbreaking and crucial survey of 1000 pups in 2021. The goal? Identifying Fido’s favorite holiday tune. The winner turned out to be Wham’s love-it-or-hate-it classic Last Christmas. In second and third place were Jingle Bells and Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, respectively.
A Yorkie pup named Digger gave us all a perfect example of how adorable senior dogs are. After his owner passed away, Digger was brought to a shelter … along with an old slipper he simply refused to let go of. The story has a happy ending: the pooch and the slipper were adopted together.
There are definitely a lot of wagging tails in New Zealand this year. After noticing a dire lack of sticks at a local dog park, a man named Andrew Taylor chopped some branches off his own trees, and made a stick library for the local pups. As one may expect, the puparazzi were extremely excited over this!
This year’s analysis of popular pet names found many Covid-related dog names, as Fauci, Pfizer, and Zoom, becoming quite popular. High-tech names, such as Siri and Google, are also on the rise.
Every year, we hear some remarkable stories about pups that have gone above and beyond to help their humans, sometimes even saving their lives. That’s certainly the case with Henry, an 8-year-old Boston Terrier from Connecticut. This very good boy alerted his owners to the fact that their baby daughter was having trouble breathing. He’s credited with saving the baby’s life.
One discovery this year shed some light on the genetics of dogs’ coat patterns. Researchers found that the gene responsible for very pale coats was over two million years old. It was traced back to one of Fido’s now-extinct ancestors, a relative of the modern wolf.
We hope you have a wonderful new year. Please contact us anytime!