Test your knowledge about dogs with us! Moving forward, we’ll be featuring two different series of blog posts that classroom teachers, homeschoolers, or parents/grandparents can take advantage of to stimulate learning and curiosity. One series will focus on fun facts about different animals identified in the chapters, while another will provide interesting or unique information about each state’s history to prompt student discussions or advance student learning. Besides serving as a free resource for reading, Mo can now offer more learning, more fun, and more creativity.
That being said, welcome to the first blog in the AAA series: All About Animals!
Mo and Finchy (the main characters in our series) meet many animals throughout their journey across the United States. Some of these animals just so happen to be dogs: big, small, friendly, attractive canine companions… But regardless of how they look or act, in real life, all dogs possess superior physical traits when compared to humans.
- Every person on this planet has a unique set of fingerprints. Well, so do dogs, except their nose is their fingerprint. No two pup snouts are alike!
- All puppies are born blind and deaf. Most open their eyes and respond to noises after several weeks.
- Most people know that dogs are terrific when it comes to detecting scents and using their sniffers. But what you may not know is how far they can smell depends on many factors, including the wind. Some canines have been reported to smell objects or people as far as 12 miles away! Their noses can also sense heat, which explains why blind or deaf dogs can hunt.
- Here’s the science behind a dog’s ability to smell: While people have approximately five million receptors in their nose, dogs have as many as 300 million. Just think of their super sense this way: when you walk into a bakery, you smell the yummy cookies, cakes, breads or pastries being sold. But when dogs walk into a bakery, they smell all the individual ingredients, like the flour, sugar, or cinnamon, used to make the baked goods.
- When you yawn, does your dog yawn, too? The sound of a human yawn can trigger one from your pet. This species of fur friends is also four times more likely to yawn when the person yawning is someone they know.
- Ever wonder why dogs curl up in a ball, especially when sleeping? That’s something they learned many years ago when they lived in the wild. Curling up into a ball helped them survive because it would protect their organs in case other animals attacked them.
- Does your pup eat everything and anything in sight, no matter how yucky it looks or how long it’s been sitting on the side of the road? This is one area where humans fare better. Dogs only have about 1,700 taste buds compared to humans, who have between 2,000 and 10,000.
- All dogs dream, but puppies and senior dogs dream more frequently than adult dogs.
- Our four-legged friends have three eyelids. According to iHeartDogs, the third lid is called the ‘haw’ or nictitating membrane. It protects the eye—it can wipe debris off the surface of the eye, helps fight infection, and lubricates the eye or produces one-third of tears for the eye.
These remaining facts were found in articles published by the Reader’s Digest:
- When dogs wag their tails, it doesn’t always mean they’re happy or excited. “According to Discovery.com, dogs wag their tails to the right when they’re happy and to the left when they’re frightened. Wagging low means they’re insecure, and rapid tail wagging accompanied by tense muscles or dilated pupils can signal aggression.”
- Does your pup twirl around before he or she poops? Researchers believe it’s not because dogs are picky, but rather that it has to do with the Earth’s magnetic field. Dogs like to poop facing north or south and spinning around helps them correctly orient their internal compasses.
- Dogs are not color blind. Really. They can actually see a spectrum of color. While they do have trouble distinguishing between different shades of green and red, which will mostly just appear as grays and browns, blue and yellow tones are relatively clear to them.
Is there anything you can share or add to this list? If so, email Mo at: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll publish your information along with which state you’re from and your first name.
The Adventures of Mo (Mo) provides early readers with opportunities to have fun while learning. They may be introduced to cardinal directions or creatures they’ve never heard of before, such as Annie, the armadillo from Amarillo. They can learn more about the geography and history of their state or other states. They’ll also become familiar with many historic and unique landmarks throughout this country.