It’s important to know that if you are a dog lover you should stay closest to it all times. Your dog’s health is important as your health at large, in fact, you should consider your dog as part of your family. Our dogs regularly inhale unseen materials causing cancer; the materials will have an accumulative effect on the dog and eventually cause one or even more cancer types to the dog. Herein are some symptoms to let you know that the dog is at risk

10 – Sudden weight loss

Just as a human being, a dog’s weigh should remain persistent always even when put on a weight loss diet plan. Cases of drastic weight loss can indicate that the dog has developed a certain cancer type.

9 – Mouth changes

Normally, this can rarely be seen since minding to check the inside of the dog’s mouth can’t come to the mind easily. Dog lovers are ever advised to make this a habit to catch any signs of maybe oral cancer


Having a loyal pup in the household certainly ensures an incredible amount of love from dog to owner, in a true “man’s best friend” fashion. Understanding your dog is fairly easy and it’s not hard to understand your pup wants to give you some delightful bits of love with kisses, but dogs can often behave in a more subtle manner as well.
Unfortunately, not all of us are as good as talking to pets as Dr. Doolittle, but here are 12 different signs your dog makes and what your pup is actually trying to say to you, and a great ebook in the end of the article.

Following You Around

Granted, a dog that follows every step you take isn’t always ideal, but you can’t deny that it’s absolutely adorable. According to vets, this type of followers behavior is simply because it is a dog’s instinct to always do things with your family. How cute!

Giving You Little Gifts

Does your pup give you little gifts once a while when you’re not playing fetch? It turns out that dogs simply want to share their joy with someone else, and there’s no better person to share it with than you!

Puppy-Dog Eyes

Of course, this one is a true classic. The puppy-dog eyes are often imitated by younger children whenever they really want something, but dogs use it to show love and enforce a greater trust between the both of you.

Cuddling After Dinner

It’s not always a great idea to interrupt your pup while they’re eating a meal because they’re often keen on their food, but cuddling with you after their bellies are filled shows that dogs feel truly comfortable around you.

Licking Your Body or Face

Some people love it, some people find it rather gross, but all dogs like giving people a couple of licks once a while. Giving licks is actually submissive behavior and helps dogs ease their stress, and it’s also a sign of love, of course.

Going Wild Whenever You Return Home

Just like in the movies, the second a dog hears you coming back home chaos is ensured – and they’re just overly happy to see you! Their enthusiastic response is simply their way of saying “I missed you”.

Knowing When Something Is Wrong

Dogs don’t need to be able to actually talk with their owners to sense that something is wrong or if you’re feeling sad. They can read your body language really well, and also use their senses to detect if something is wrong. They’ll also be more than willing to solace you.

Crawling In Your Bed

Getting up in the morning can be a bit of a pain sometimes, but perhaps your loyal pup joins you once in a while in your bed. They don’t just sit there because your bed is probably more comfortable, but it’s also how they keep you close when you’re not home and away for work, for example.

Leaning Against You

If a dog is actively leaning against you, it means he or she is looking for a bit of extra love and hugs from the owner. Dogs sure love to have a bit of attention directed towards them!

Trying To Get Your Opinion

If you ever had the feeling that your dog was looking for your approval for something, it’s because pups really appreciate and value your opinion. A little love and affection go a long way!

Squinting And Blinking Eyes

When a dog is seemingly playing a lot with his eyes, attention is the thing he or she is looking for the most. They’re ready to play and have a little bit of quality time with you.

Raising A Single Paw

Raising one of two paws usually means that your dog is in the mood for some playtime or perhaps even hungry. Sometimes, they’ll do this when they spot something interesting in their environment.

Have you ever been around your dog and wondered what she is thinking or feeling? Surely you have caught your canine doing something bizarre that has made you question his mental status. Even the position that your dog sleeps in means something. Here are 21 of the most common dog behaviors explained in human terms.

21) Giving gifts

If your dog brings you a gift, whether it’s a dead animal or your shoe, they are trying to make you happy. If your reaction is “ew” but you smile, I doubt he will be offended.

20) Wave your paws in the air like you just don’t care

If your dog is either standing or sitting and has both paws raised, she cares! She is probably trying her best to concentrate.

19)back to back
It’s so cute when you see two dogs sleeping back to back! It’s even sweeter when they sleep back to back with their owners! A dog will only do this with one of his “pack” members that he 100% trusts.

18) The Fox

When a dog’s paws are underneath her and her tail is wrapped around to her face, she is probably cold. This position allows her to keep as much heat in as possible. If you were to visit a wolf den (not recommended!) you would see them sleeping like this. If the dog is not cold, she could be apprehensive.

17 ) Belly curl

A dog sleeping on his belly with his paws either underneath him or out to his sides is not getting good quality sleep. In this position dogs can’t reach REM sleep because their muscles cannot fully relax. Gentle, shy dogs usually sleep like this.

16) Passed Out

When a dog is passed out completely, laying on her back with her limbs drooping across her body, there is a good chance she is overheating. This is the best way for her to lay to cool off. If both paws are draped across her chest, she is saying “leave me alone.” Dogs need their beauty sleep too!

15) Superman

When a dog is sprawled out and laying on his belly, he is probably an energetic animal that has finally crashed. Most often puppies sleep like this, it allows them to pop back up and resume play time when they awake!

14) Side Sleepers

Dogs don’t usually sleep on their sides for long, but it is a typical napping position for them. Dogs who do this often have strong familial bonds and a lot of trust in their “pack.” She is probably a carefree happy dog.

13) Crazy Legs/Dead Bug

If your dog is sleeping with all his limbs sticking up in the air (resembling a dead bug) he is submissive and vulnerable. Not all dogs sleep like this, but if yours does he is a laid back independent pup that feels secure in his surroundings.

12) Low growl

If a dog is doing a low growl, she’s anxious and fearful. Any scared animal is unpredictable. Do not surprise her when her nerves are getting the best of her.

11) Howling

Have you ever noticed dogs howl at the most annoying times? Usually when a dog hears a high-pitched sound, like a siren or train whistle, they howl back. It is unclear if this is because they are annoyed, or it is causing their ears discomfort.

10) Rising bark

It’s play time! If your dog starts with a low bark and it gets higher toward the end, he cannot contain his excitement and he wants to play a game with you!

9) Baring teeth, ears back and snarling

This one is obvious; however, it never hurts to remind people what an angry, aggressive dog looks like. If you encounter this, your dog is feeling threatened and giving warning to the enemy. Do not approach a dog in this state. Even if he is angry at something else, you run the risk of being bitten.

8) Loose floppy tongue

If her tongue is hanging out, she is feeling chill. This is a sign nothing is wrong in her world and everything is O.K.

7) Straight pointed tail and forward ears

In this situation, your best friend is curious about something within his environment. Maybe he hears a new noise or smells something interesting. Either way, he is ready to play detective.

6) Open mouth with relaxed tail but high ears

If you catch your dog like this, it means she is neutral, relaxed and secure in her surroundings. If you are wondering when the best time to approach a strange dog is, it is when they are doing these things.

5) Intense Eye Contact

Who doesn’t want to be the focus of a loved one’s attention? If you have a dog and he is making intense eye contact with you, he is focused on you and you alone. He is very alert to your expressions and what you want from him.

4) Low front, mouth wide open and wagging tail

If this happens when you two are playing, it means he is truly having fun and enjoying himself. He is bowing to you as a thank you!

3) Staring

You will notice even low maintenance dogs have a need for your attention. Here again, intense staring is not her way of being creepy. She just wants your affection.

2) Couch Trashing

If you ever come home to a couch that has been completely ransacked, your pup has separation anxiety. Most dogs get over this eventually, but in the meantime, take the time to walk him and get some of his energy out before you leave him alone.

1) Hanging out a car window

This one is very common. She is taking in her surroundings and enjoying the plethora of new scents.

Sometimes, to find yourself you have to lose yourself first. Daria Pushkareva had a successful career in Moscow but her ‘workaholic’ approach to life was making her miserable day in and day out. All of this, however, started to change when Daria began devoting her time and money to animals in need. She agreed to an exclusive interview with Bored Panda, revealing how it all went down

“I was one of the top five Moscow wedding photographers,” Daria Pushkareva told Bored Panda. “My clients were, for the most part, elite businessmen and politicians. Very intelligent and very cultured; they’ve definitely changed my perception of wealthy Russian people for the better.”

“Prior to being a photographer, I had worked six years in moviemaking. I’ve contributed to creating TV films and series and am very proud of the full-length feature I’ve worked on as well. My entire movie production life resulted in being exhausted, working 15-hour shifts without a day off for two weeks at a time.”

“I became a photographer because I wanted to reduce the intensity of my life. I invested all of my money into photo equipment and master classes to perfect my skills. But ended up in the same place. No vacations, simply not giving myself neither the rest nor the holidays I so desperately needed. I shut myself away at work and the only joy I had came from producing impressive photos. I realized that I was a workaholic, always preferring doing or creating something to any form of relaxation.”

“I then remembered my childhood when I and my classmates were talking about future professions and I said that I wanted to run a dog shelter. Growing up without a father, my mom worked really hard, so I didn’t have a dog at the time, it would’ve been too much. My mom understood that getting me a dog eventually would have become an additional weight on herself.”
“It was a long time before I got my first dog. When I was in moviemaking, I got deeply involved in aiding the animals; I donated my money and volunteered on an internet forum, managing such things as finding dogs therapy and accommodation and raising funds. I had no free time then, so this was the best I could do.”

“One day, I saw a piece about a shelter puppy without an eye. It needed 10K rubles ($150) to book a visit to the ophthalmologist. I met a volunteer to give her the money for the dog’s treatment in person and she told me, “Thank you, but we can’t take her to the vet. There’s no one to do it right now.”

“I was there with my husband. We exchanged a few glances and I said ‘We might as well do it ourselves.’ At that point, everything became clear and simple. The owner of the shelter came and placed the flea-bitten furball onto my lap while I was sitting in the car. I looked at her asking, ‘Is this a puppy?’”

Soon, the couple started rescuing one dog after another. “My husband and I wanted a seventh dog. One that was in such terrible condition, nobody would take it. There wasn’t a dog like that in Moscow, but there was one in Krasnodar. When I spotted it in an e-catalog, I immediately felt its eyes looking directly at me. We took the 7-month puppy home and the same night it started pinning our six quiet and calm dogs to the ground. The midnight fights wouldn’t end, so we took it to a dog trainer – but it didn’t help. It would howl, demolishing the apartment and even act aggressively towards us. It turned out that the dog had a craniocerebral trauma, that would give him all sorts of mirages, and it could’ve attacked in a blink of an eye.”

“At that point, I was afraid to leave the house, even for filming,” she confessed to Bored Panda. “The dog was attacking us, going directly for the neck and face. It’s huge, too. When I called the cynologist, he said, “Listen, this has to be the end. Call the police and let them shoot it. My husband knew what had to be done. He took a blanket, luring the dog to the hall. After some back-and-forth, he successfully threw the blanket on its head, pressed it to the flood and muzzled it instead.”

“Later, the dog specialist called us and asked gently, ‘Well, is everyone alive?’ I said yes and asked if I could give the dog to the handler for another attempt to educate it, train it, and get rid of its aggression. He said that even if it went through extensive training, one little detail could make it snap, any unforeseen stressful situation could force it into a breakdown and end up with innocent victims. So I asked if there was anything I could do to make the dog happy. He suggested giving the dog away, somewhere outside the city with a lot of space. TO GIVE THE DOG AWAY!”

“Then and there, we took out two loans and bought a country house 160 km (100 miles) away from Moscow and moved there with our dogs. We built six enclosures for our rescue dogs and began living completely new and different lives.”

“However, I wouldn’t consider our household a shelter. In fact, I even feel offended if someone calls it like that. A shelter is a place where new volunteers and other people contribute to the wellbeing of the animals that are constantly moving in and out. We, on the other hand, have our own dogs, we love them and devote our lives to them. To us, they are family members. They’ll remain with us forever and we do not want to give them away to anyone.”

“I understand, there are few who might take in dogs that have attacked women or children, and even fewer might leave the city and move to the countryside to take care of them, but we’ve said goodbye to a comfortable life and are fine with it. I finally feel that I’m not wasting my life but spending my time meaningfully. I’m helping these animals and am sincerely enjoying it. I know I can take responsibility in taking care of them, but if we’d give them to someone else I’d be worrying if they could give them as much space, food, and love.”

“We’re living on agricultural land with our dogs. Four years after settling in, we have hot water, a toilet, and these things were made possible only by our friends. We spend all of our finances on the animals, and there is never enough money to ensure human comfort. Good thing we don’t need much of that to be happy.”

“We haven’t been looking for dogs ourselves for quite some time now. Other people have been constantly contacting us! Usually, they tell us there’s a dog who needs help or else it’ll be euthanized and there’s no one to take it home. Not a lot of people are ready to bring in an aggressive or a seriously hurt dog and that’s understandable. They need a lot of time and attention.”

“Once, I came across a girl volunteer and we became good friends,” Daria told Bored Panda. “As we were having one of our conversations, I heard her say, ‘Well, my foxes…’ I interrupted her, ‘Stop, wait a minute,’ I’ve said. ‘Foxes?’ I learned that she had two rescue foxes and that foxes could actually be saved. Of course, I didn’t think that fur coats were growing on trees but I didn’t know that it was possible to officially save someone from becoming a fur product.”

“I wanted to save foxes as well and after I told her that, I received a phone call one month later. There was a chance to buy three fox pups. So I did.”
“I then saw an ad on social media about a raccoon without a paw that was looking for a new home, and I was very moved by it. I started reading all kinds of information about raccoons and fell in love. Long story short, it turned out to have seven brothers and one sister, and we just had to take all them to live with us.”

“When we began building a special place for them to live in, we noticed that the foxes needed some extra as well. In two years, the number of fur-bearing animals we’ve rescued (foxes, arctic foxes, and raccoon dogs) has reached a hundred. And of course, we take care of them all by ourselves, too.”

“Over time, we’ve come to know how to handle difficult animals and developed veterinary experience. These things have allowed us to save many animals. Currently, however, we’re not taking in new ones. I’ve come learn how to weigh my physical, financial and other capabilities, and that’s the best I can do now.”

“Even the amount of animals that we currently have was a little unexpected. Last fall, a dog came over to our side of the fence, and after we took it in, it turned out to be pregnant, giving birth to seven puppies.”

“Our typical day looks like this. We wake up at sunrise and we feed, walk and provide the animals with all of the necessary treatment they need until the sun goes down. We clean their living spaces, arrange their food, give them water, and simply interact with them. I take a lot of pictures and videos of them and post them on Instagram. I strongly believe that teaching a good attitude towards animals is very important. Even those with disabilities can lead happy lives. And foxes can be born not only to become someone’s clothing.”

“The load is large, especially in the winter. The days become shorter, blizzards and freezing temperatures don’t help either. You have to wear a lot of clothes to keep warm here. In the summer everything is much easier.”

“Me and my husband aside, we have two employees who are here almost seven days a week. Sometimes, other people come by if we need urgent construction repair work done. Because we live outside the city and there’s not much of civilization around us, we do most of the stuff with our own hands.

“Talking about money, of course, it’s difficult. In total, we need to feed about 200 animals, and we feed them healthy, balanced diets including meat, fish, poultry. We do not spare money for their food. We also have to provide them with medical care, pay the people who work here, and take care of ourselves (we’ve installed solar panels and a generator, but also need gasoline which is expensive).”

“I find time to work as a freelancer, mostly retouching photos, but our friends really help us out a lot. Some raise money to pay the employees, some donate as much as they can whenever they can. I am eternally grateful to them! We don’t have any sponsors, and we don’t expect any of them. My principle of living with animals is that they’re your responsibility.”

“Who are you talking to?”, “Are you seriously having a full conversation with your dog?”, “Did you just say ‘Hi’ to that cat?”, “You know what you are? Bonkers” etc etc etc, if you are someone who talks to their pets regularly, all the above remarks won’t come as a surprise to you and you probably deal with them every day. In fact, people around you are convinced that you’re crazy and something is really wrong with you.

“Pets can’t talk back you know?” Of course, we know, Martha. “So what’s the point?” We love our pets, they are a part of our families and we love talking to them. “But, that’s so stupid, why would you do that?” Yeah, that’s where you are wrong. Researchers have found that there’s nothing wrong or strange about talking to animals, if anything, it is a sign of superior intelligence.
Wanting to talk to your pet, plants or any inanimate object for that matter doesn’t equal to you being cuckoo, it actually means the opposite. It’s not crazy, the act of talking to things or other living beings, other than humans, is known as anthropomorphizing. If you get this urge to name things whenever you see something cute or of your interest, there’s nothing wrong with, it is actually a sign of intelligence.


Dogs are remarkable animals. They truly are our best friends and that friendship has been cultivated over centuries. Different breeds of dogs have different skills and this has helped us to use them for certain jobs, and they love nothing more than to lend a helping paw and do their jobs well.

Over the centuries German Shepherds have emerged as one of the toughest and most intelligent dog breeds. They are used by police forces around the world due to their obedience, strength and intelligence. Perhaps the most impressive display of their skills comes from a video recently uploaded by the “K9 Lenin” YouTube channel. This Polish channel dedicated to dog training for special tasks has a wide range of amazing videos but this one certainly takes the biscuit. In the video two humans begin a mock altercation and the dog immediately notices this and runs to the aid of his partner. The dog tucks itself closely between the legs of its companion and joins the intimidation tactics that the human is employing to disperse of the potential threat. The demonstration that follows is simply stunning. The dog maintains its position at all times and adapts according to the commands of its partner. These include getting low to the ground, peeking around corners and waiting until being summoned again. What’s perhaps most impressive is the fact that we can’t hear or see these signals. The smallest and most subtle movements from the master are enough to be interpreted and understood by the amazing dog.


The puppies are safe due to their mother’s protection.

Animals are not sentient beings, they also have emotional life and mutual concern. Animals are also happy, sad and the important thing is that they also know how to express their feelings like humans.. Looking at the puppies are being punishment, the mother dog does not know how to advocate them. When she see that the owner is about to beat her children by his shoes, she rushes into him and try to catch the shoes in order to save her child from being beaten..

No one knows the reason why the puppies is punished.

The mother dog look at the scene with very nervous face.

When she sees that the owner want to beat her children


We are blessed by the company of our loyal and faithful friends sent by God in the form of dogs… Dogs are our inseparable friends in all our weal and woe.  And it is a difficult phase of our life when we lose these friends.
But sometimes, it is the dog who loses us. But their loyalty even after our death is something really hard not to get emotional about.

Meet Tommy, a 7-year old German Shepherd who lost his owner. Then he started to attend the church each and every single day! The reason behind his behavior will make you cry… Watch the video on the next page for more images and details on this incredible story. It made me so emotional… I just couldn’t help but hug my dogs after watching this video. Tommy the German shepherd is a living example of how deeply dogs can love us.

As you will see in the videos below, Tommy is special.  He not only loved his owner…but he wants to honor her memory.
Tommy visits the church after his owner’s death every day. After death of his owner Maria when the church bells ring he goes to the church and sits quietly. It seems he is praying for the departed soul of his favorite person Maria.Or maybe he is praying to God to let him meet Maria again! Tommy does not disturb anyone in the church.

He just sits their calm and quiet and waits for the day he’ll have his wish fulfilled. It’s a small example of how deeply our dogs can love us.

Dogs do not leave their loved ones in any condition. Their love is so selfless. I know you’ve encountered such incidents in your life too. Let us know with your comments!

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The idea of cuddling up with a snuggly pupper and taking a snooze probably sounds good to a lot of people reading this right now, and as it turns out, there’s a scientific reason behind why we might love this so much, especially women.

Personally, as nice as cuddling is, I become a hot and sweaty mess after a few minutes of a hugging session in bed. It’s not a pretty or comfortable site and as much as I love dogs, that extends to them as well. The idea of an animal licking my face in the middle of the night also creeps me out, too. I mean, what if I’m having a sensual dream and find myself in an early ’90s comedy scenario where I think I’m getting my face licked by a bodacious babe and it turns out it’s just a golden retriever slobbering all over me? Is it hilarious? Of course. Disgusting? Yes — I feel bad for any creature that has to smell my breath that early in the morning.
But that might just have to do with the fact that I’m a dude. If I were a woman, this study suggests not only would I love sharing a bed with a dog, but I’d also get a much better night’s sleep next to said pupper than I would with a dude.

The research breaks down all the different ways a woman’s quality of slumber is markedly better when she has a canine snooze companion over a regular old homo sapiens male.

The number one benefit is security. Sleeping in an empty house or bed, especially when you’re used to living with a lot of people, can be pretty scary late at night. Every noise, creak, or scratch outdoors will make you jump out of your bed and fear the worst. So sometimes it’s nice to know someone who cares about you is nearby. However, the 962 adult women surveyed in the research group reported that they felt way more secure sleeping next to a puppy than a dude.
I feel like this has a lot more to do with our general distrust of the opposite sex, even in a committed relationship, than it does about dogs. But security is just one aspect of why women get better sleep with canines.
As it turns out, they found their canine counterparts way less “disruptive.” That’s probably true, dogs won’t spoon you in the middle of the night in the hopes of some spur of the moment hanky-panky. Or hog the blanket.

Cats, on the other hand were found to be just as “disruptive” as human beings, but that’s hardly their fault. Felines are more nocturnal creatures and are biologically suited to hunt at night. It’s much more common for your cat to be running around the house at odd hours of the night, hunting imaginary birds or rabbits. Your dog will more often than not just want to cuddle up with you and get some shut-eye.

Woman and her beagle dog meet morning in bed

Dr. Christy L. Hoffman, who conducted the study, said people should take some of the results with a grain of salt and that the results of their surveys are, for the most part, deeply rooted in individual perception. So before you go and get a dog to cure your insomnia, you should hear her out.

“[The] keyword here is perception, this [study is based on] individuals self-reporting how they feel their sleep is affected’ and it’s ‘important to note that this is based on aggregated data and an average of responses, so getting a dog won’t solve everyone’s sleep problems.”
Dr. Hoffman plans to conduct a future study on how well men sleep with dogs. My question is, what happens if men also sleep better with pups? What’s gonna end up happening? We gonna go back to the ’50s like it’s Pleasantville, where we’re all sleeping in separate beds at the end of the night?

I don’t know if I’m OK with that. Besides, what’ll end up happening is that both dogs will probably just end up jumping into bed with my wife, because who wants to share a blanket and sheets with my sweaty, over-heating self?

A cat or a dog? This is one question that has been debated for years. Here’s one more fact about dogs that may change your mind about which pet to get. You trust your dog, but does it trust you?

Bright Side loves facts — especially facts about animals. A recent study shows that dogs can analyze how reliable a person is and we want to share this information with our readers! Dogs, as real detectives, can explain to us whether or not to trust another person.

The study was conducted by Akiko Takaoka of Kyoto University in Japan. The scientist and his colleagues wanted to know if a dog would trust a person who lied to it. The researchers divided the experiment into 3 parts. They wanted to know if the dog could understand whether or not the person was untrustworthy.
The group of scientists claims that the research has a potential implication in dogs’ behavioral studies. The study tells us that dogs prefer this world to be certain, according to John Bradshaw with the University of Bristol.

In the experiment, dog owners would first point to a container with food. The dog would run to it. Then a container without food would be pointed at. The dogs were tricked and approached the container.
It’s been previously known that dogs would run to an object their owner would point at. Thus, dogs are believed to be able to understand human gestures. And if the gestures are inconsistent, the dog can become nervous and stressed.The third time, the dogs would not follow the pointing hand. They did not believe the liars. 34 dogs took part in the experiment and they all showed the same results, according to the Animal Cognition Journal. Dogs would use their previous experience to know that a person was unreliable.
Mr. Takaoka plans to continue the experiment with wolves since they are the closest relatives to dogs. The current experiment also proves that dogs are curious about new things.

More research states that dogs also control how other people interact with their owners. In an experiment, dog owners asked people for help. Afterward, the people were trying to give the dogs a treat. And the pets surprised us!

The dogs wouldn’t take a treat from the people who behaved in a bad or rude way toward their owners. They preferred to be fed by those who helped. Even those who did nothing in response to the begging were welcomed.

But the rude and aggressive people couldn’t earn the dogs’ trust.
One more study reported by Neuroscience and Biobehavioural Reviews, states that dogs clearly read the communication between their owners and strangers. In the experiment, dog owners asked 2 groups of strangers for a little help. The dogs showed a good understanding of social rules. They avoided the people who mistreated their owners.

It’s been proven before that dogs are able to read our gestures and facial expressions. Now we know more about them and they are much more intelligent than we were led to believe! They can decipher our gestures and can also decide if they want to follow social cues. However, studies show that dogs mostly live in the present without having much consideration for the past or future.
If you mislead your dog, it will not trust or obey you. If your dog doesn’t like your friends, maybe there’s something wrong in your friendships?
How clever is your dog? Share your stories with us in the comments!