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Ask Phoebe - Your Guide to All Things ‘Doggy’

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Why do dogs always sneeze in my face when lying on their backs? I lie on my back all the time and it doesn’t make me sneeze!

Like humans, we dogs sneeze when particles enter our nasal area. When on our backs, we are more likely to have something drip into our nasal passages or throat.  It's a normal physical reaction that helps protect our respiratory system from invasion of foreign particles. This type of sneezing is usually very short-lived and is not followed by more episodes of sneezing or other signs of illness. It doesn't require any medical intervention so please don’t take your dog to the vet just for this!

Why Do Dog Bottoms Look So Different?

Why do you people spend so much time looking at your dogs' butts, anyway?

I have a 3-year-old Westie named Sophie. She insists on jumping up on the table at dinner time every night. How do I stop her from doing that?

I'm sure if you stopped serving her Prime Rib every night, she'd stop jumping up on the table. Thanks for stopping by.

Why is Dog Saliva So Sticky?

I can answer this viscosity question in strict biological terms, but I prefer this answer, courtesy of my 9-year-old human sister: "That sticky stuff? It's not saliva - it's liquefied love. Because dogs love us so strongly, it has to be tough enough to stick with us for a very long time."

Some Fun Doggy Facts

A dog by the name of Laika was launched into space aboard the Russian spacecraft Sputnik 2 in 1957.

33 percent of dog owners admit that they talk to their dogs on the phone or leave them messages on an answering machine.

Boxers were named after their habit of playing. At the beginning of play with another dog, a Boxer will stand on his hind legs and 'box' at his opponent.

The name of the Taco Bell dog is Gidget. The real name of Toto the dog in "The Wizard Of Oz" was Terry.

The first guide dogs for the blind and visually impaired were trained in Germany to provide assistance for those blinded in the war. German Shepherds were used for their protective and strong sense of loyalty to their owner.

In England, the most commonly used guide dog for the blind is the Yellow Labrador Retriever.

Humans can detect sounds at 20,000 times per second, while dogs can sense frequencies of 30,000 times per second.

Dogs sweat through the pads of their feet.

Philip Gilbert Hamerton, English art writer and landscape painter, noted, "If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering, outspoken, honest fellow — but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much."

The dog name “Fido” is from Latin and means “fidelity.”

An city dog lives on average three years longer than an country dog.

A dog's nose has over 200 scent receiving cells.

There is a doggy disco held in Italy every year where owners can dance with their dogs.

21% of dogs and 7% of cats snore.

Greyhounds are the fastest dogs on earth, with speeds of up to 45 miles per hour.

A dog was killed by a meteor at Nakhla, Egypt, in 1911.

Newfoundland’s are such great swimmers because of their webbed feet.  Basset Hounds cannot swim at all.

Like human babies, Chihuahuas are born with a soft spot in their skull which closes up with age.

The largest breed of dog is the Irish Wolfhound. The world’s smallest dog breed is the Chihuahua. The Chihuahua was named after the state in Mexico where they were discovered.

President Lyndon Johnson had two Beagles named Him and Her.

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