Are Dogs Colorblind? Here’s the Science Behind What Dogs Can See

A lot of us have been taught that dogs, our four-legged friends, can only see the world in black and white. That they will never be able to see the beautiful colors that exist around us. It’s honestly sad to consider.

But is this true? Or is it just a thing people told their children?

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Not exactly true, as it turns out.

The myth originated in 1937, per the American Kennel Club:

“It’s likely that all the external world appears to them as varying highlights of black and gray,” Rudy wrote in his 1937 manual, Training the Dog.

The phrase that catches my eye is: “It’s likely…” Okay, so there is some doubt expressed, but let’s dig deeper. The AKC also talks about a 1960 finding that may have supported Rudy’s claim:

“In the 1960s, other researchers hypothesized that the only mammals that can discern color are primates. There was little research to back up this assertion, especially in dogs; nevertheless, it soon became common knowledge that our canine pals are color blind.”

Again there is some doubt: “There was little research to back up this assertion…”

Can Dogs See Color?

The short answer is yes. Sort of.

Dr. Zay Satchu, a Chief Veterinary Officer of Bond Vet, talked with Reader’s digest:

“Yes! Dogs can see color. Both humans and animals have different types of cells in the back of our eyeballs—called rods and cones—that help us see. Rods detect motion and help with nighttime vision, and cones help with color and detail in what we see. Humans have three kinds of cones, meaning we see color and detail very well, while dogs have two kinds, meaning they can still pick up on colors, but probably can’t differentiate between forest and lime green as easily.”

But don’t go getting rid of Fido’s yellow tennis balls just yet! Dogs may not have the spectrum of color like us humans, but they can discern between certain ones.

What Colors Are Visible to Dogs?

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“Most dogs can’t see much of red or green at all,” says Dr. Satchu. “The other ‘color’ that exists that humans can’t see but dogs can is ultraviolet, meaning ‘beyond violet.’ We’re still evaluating the true purpose of this vision, but we think it has to do with the ability to pick up on the kinds of substances that contain ultraviolet light, like urine and blood, that help with tracking out in the wild.”

He also says that blues and yellows are the showrunners in the rainbow that our canine friends see. Hence, the delight with the yellow tennis balls. Also, how interesting is it that a doggos’ vision goes beyond humans’!

So are you wondering why dog toys are brightly shaded in oranges, purples, and other colors? Well, here’s my take: The toys are eye-catching for humans, not pups. When we stroll down the pet aisle the manufacturers know who they’re selling too.

But as long at those toys make your dog happy, all’s well in dogland.

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A Texas Movie Theater Lets You Bring Your Dog and the Ticket Includes Bottomless Wine

This is what I’m talking about! And I have a feeling I’m not alone.

In fact, I’m willing to bet that armies of millions are lined up behind me in their overwhelming excitement about this news: there’ is now a movie theater where $15 buys you a ticket to the show and you can bring your dog with you. Oh, and you get unlimited wine or four whiskeys with that ticket.

Boom!

K9 Cinemas in Plano, Texas, is the name of the joint, and it opened in late 2018. There are only three rules people need to follow at the cinema: no more than two dogs per person (it costs $5 to bring an extra pup), you need to bring valid papers from your dog’s vet the first time you visit, and you need to clean up after your best friend. Also, you can buy snacks for yourself (obviously) and treats for your furry friend, too.

Eric Lankford, who founded K9 Cinemas, said, “I can’t believe we are breaking ground with a new niche nobody has done before — dogs and movies! We are excited to spread the smiles across your whole families faces, furry included, at a K9C near you coming soon!”

Lankford said about the business and beloved dog, Bear:

“Little did Bear and I know we would soon be published in every major publication you can name both nationally and worldwide. Turns out when you start a passion project with a decade of experience building businesses and turn that experience on to something you sincerely love, something special happens. I simply want to make other people as happy as Bear makes me. When our customers come through our doors it’s nothing but smiles and laughter.”

The theater doesn’t show first-run films yet, but instead screens one-off movies and hosts theme nights. And, of course, you better believe the theater has hosted Game of Thrones viewing parties.

Genius idea! I smell a franchise brewing…

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A Woman Runs a Dog Hospice Where She Spends the Last Days with Dying, Abandoned Dogs

Warning: this article might make you weep.

The sad fact is that our canine friends are not here for very long. And it’s really heartbreaking when you hear stories about abandoned dogs and senior dogs dying without anyone by their side. That’s why Nicola Coyle, a retired nurse, founded The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice in England.

Coyle runs the organization out of her own home in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, where she takes in dogs who in the last days of their lives. She usually only takes in two dogs at a time, so she can make sure the pooches live the rest of their days to the fullest, including ice cream and steak dinners.

Posted by The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Coyle said, “We’ll only take them in if the vet says they’ve got less than six months to live, so we’re focusing on end of life care. I think the longest I’ve had one is around one year and the shortest was about two weeks.”

And even though Coyle doesn’t know when the dogs’ birthdays are, she always throws them a big party.

Posted by The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project on Friday, June 14, 2019

“I don’t know when their birthdays are so we make sure we throw all of them a birthday party. If they’re well enough, we take them for a day at the seaside, they get fish and chips on the beach and ice cream.”

A few more pics of our little day at the seaside today…we are home now,Buddy,Jack and Matilda have had the loveliest day💜🐾☀🏖FYI The flake was eaten by me not the dogs😂

Posted by The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project on Thursday, May 30, 2019

Obviously, the job takes a toll on Coyle. She said, “We all get very attached to them, it’s very emotionally intense and we do mourn and grieve for them. We do need to have breaks between them.”

Posted by The Grey Muzzle Canine Hospice Project on Friday, April 12, 2019

This is a great cause. Check out the organization’s Facebook page, and, if you feel so moved, you can donate to Coyle’s PayPal account.

Great stuff!

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People Share the Weird and Funny Habits of Their Pets

All of us love our little furry friends with all our hearts, but that doesn’t mean they don’t do a whole lot of weird stuff that makes us laugh and sometimes annoys the hell out of us.

In this article, AskReddit users share the weird (mostly harmless) habits that their beloved pets have.

1. Oh, Carlisle!

“Ah-ha, it’s Carlisle time! Carlisle is my mentally retarded dog in a very literal sense; he has epilepsy and after seven years of seizures, there’s not a lot going on in there. He was rescued from an extreme neglect/hoarding case and he is now a spoiled, completely mindless little gnome of stupid whimsy. He’s also on about 45 mg phenobarb for the epilepsy every day, so he’s also sort of high all the time.

Some Carlisle stories:

He was once scratching his face with his back leg, yawned, and got his foot caught in his mouth. He needed help getting it out.

He once chased a rabbit, cornered it, forgot what he was doing, and then got attacked by the rabbit (which probably felt this was its very last defense). He now fears rabbits. I have a rabbit in the house. He will not go near her.

He sometimes gets confused while drinking water and urinates in the water bowl.

He sometimes gets caught in “loops” of compulsive behaviors. His most common looping behavior is digging. Unless you reorient him he will sit on his haunches and dig with his front legs pretty much for hours.

Once he got his collar caught on a knob on the dresser and sat there getting slightly choked until I found him. (We had to remove the knobs from the dresser for his safety.)

He has climbed onto the coffee table and shat into a flower pot (presumably because it had soil and he thought he was outside). We can no longer have indoor plants, not even if they’re as small as a coffee can, because he will shit in them.

He gets scared by the pictures of a dogs on the wall in an exam room at the vet’s. We have to request rooms with diagrams.

He goes to sleep if you put a blanket over him like a bird.

He sometimes tears holes through sheets and then sticks his head through and just walks around with it like a robe. Every single sheet and blanket in the house has at least one Carlisle hole.

If the other dog leaves the house he [howls] until the other dog returns. It’s really pathetic, even for him.

As for the non-Carlisle pets of my house, my rabbit and my cat are pair-bonded, which is pretty adorable. The cat likes to bat the rabbit’s ears. The rabbit doesn’t care. She just sort of blobs into a puddle of disapproval.”

2. He loved to eat all kinds of stuff

“Growing up, we had a chocolate lab named Kody. Kody had a few oddities and idiosyncrasies about him.

My parents are beer drinkers, and Kody would learn how to open each and every cooler we ever had so that he could eat all of the ice. That dog LOVED ice, he would eat it until he had what we called “brain freezers” or these mini little seizures (he was fine, but it was a weird habit).

Another time, Kody was out pooping in the yard and we saw a bunch of cloth coming out of his butt. Turns out, it was an ace bandage that had to be surgically removed. Upon opening his stomach they found a silver dollar, a few bobby pins, the ace bandage and a billiards cue ball. Now, here’s the kicker- we didn’t own a pool table, and our closest neighbor was 5 miles away, who also did not own a pool table.

We never did find out where he got that cue ball from. He lived to be 15 years old and passed away peacefully two years ago. Miss you, buddy.”

3. Don’t get mad

“I am not allowed to get mad, If I yell, raise my voice, or even sound angry my cat pumpkin will get up from wherever she is and run over. She will then mew gently and grab at my arm with her paws while mewing. She pulls my hands to her head and rubs her head on me trying to get me to calm down. It works though so there’s that.”

4. He’s helping with the laundry

“I have a giant Maine-coon Siamese mix tomcat. His thing is to bring up laundry from the basement during the night. The weird thing is that he’s pretty good at taking clothes into the right rooms. I don’t know if he does it by smell or what – but it’s pretty normal for me to wake up to a pile of my socks, my daughters some of theirs, etc. He also chirps and meows the entire time he’s making his deliveries – which is pretty funny in and of itself.”

5. That’s unusual

“My cat likes to shower with me. He will sit and drink the water as it runs until i use shower gel, then he will sit on the edge silently judging me for contaminating our lord water.”

6. Takeout

“My dog has ‘takeaway’ every time she eats. She won’t stand at her bowl. She stuffs her mouth full of dry food and then sits near me wherever I am, spits out all her food and eats it one bit at a time. When she is finished it she repeats it all.”

7. Who’s in there?

“My dog likes to sit in the bathtub during the summer, most likely because it’s cooler than the floor or her bed. Totally harmless unless you’re going to the bathroom in the middle of the night and think there’s a killer in your shower.”

8. Girlfriend

“My dog can’t go anywhere without his toy. My girlfriend calls it his “girlfriend”. If we go outside he will bring the little stuffed animal with him and drop it somewhere. If we tell him to “go find your girlfriend” he will search frantically for it until it’s found.”

9. She don’t care

“My pet rat, Doctor, likes to poop when she is hanging from the bars of her cage and making eye contact with me or my fiancee.

She knows it makes us uncomfortable. She don’t care.”

10. Really, really weird

“We have a Great Dane/greyhound mix named Keelah who, on occasion, absolutely must sniff my boyfriend’s belly button. I’ve never seen a dog get so derpy about it before. She’ll jump up and put her paws on his shoulder and stick her nose in his stomach until he gives in and pulls his shirt up so she can sniff. She’s really, really weird.”

11. She’s trying to silence you

“My boyfriend’s cat loves to snuggle up on people’s chests and then slooowly and veeery gently place her paw (with claws out and toes spread) and just .. place it on their mouth.

Does anyone know what the heck she’s trying to get out of this?”

12. Yummmm

“My lardass cat has this weird cake infatuation. (Ha ha I know). Not to eat. She likes to lay on them. I can’t count how many cooling cakes I had to throw out because she decided to take a nap on them. I have to hide them somewhere to cool and frost. I also had to buy a solid cake saver because she would lay on my old one and crush the lid into the cake.

My favorite was when my son turned one, we had the unwrapped cake sitting on the counter waiting for cake time, and she tried to lay in it. When I came in to get it all the frosting is pulled off in the center and one pissed off frosting covered cat under my bed.

Yet she still does it.”

13. Big smile

“My dog smiles whenever he wants something. He started showing his teeth when he got excited to see us after long periods of times (i.e. vacations) and we would say “What a pretty smile!” He made the connection to the word and now will do it on command and pretty much whenever he wants our food.

Kind of like a “hey look I’m smiling, I’m pretty!” Some people probably think it’s bad that he does it because he’s technically showing his teeth, but you can tell it’s not aggressive or in a bad way. I think it’s hilarious.”

14. He folds them, too

“Our golden retriever has 3 comfort blankets that he folds and carries around with him.”

15. Ear fetish

“My parrot is obsessed with ears. He will happily spend 15-20 minutes delicately nibbling on the rim of my ear, carefully scraping his beak around the inside, and licking all over. Last time I saw my doctor for a physical and she got to the otoscope part of the exam, she exclaimed, “Wow, your ears are remarkably clean!” Gee, I wonder why…”

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An Animal Shelter Is Using the Proposed Raid on Area 51 to Encourage Adoptions

There’s no doubt you’ve heard that there’s a Facebook event called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us,” and that around 2 million people have signed up to be there on September 20th.

Set aside the fact that, as with any Facebook event, you can expect about 1% of people who say they’re going to actually go. Also, set aside the fact that the government can, in fact, stop all of them. The harebrained event itself has actually inspired something good.

Our new staff member, Marvin, is ready to help with all the adoptions tomorrow at our #StormTheShelter Free Adoption event!

Posted by OKC Animal Welfare on Friday, July 26, 2019

Because while the U.S. military is discouraging people from coming by, one Oklahoma animal shelter is welcoming anyone who wants to storm their facility and go home with a pet.

You know, as opposed to (probably) getting arrested or (possibly) getting shot looking for aliens in the desert.

Come storm our shelter…We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens. Adoption isn’t that far out of this world!#stormtheshelter

Posted by OKC Animal Welfare on Friday, July 19, 2019

“Come storm our shelter… We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens. Adoption isn’t that far out of this world! #stormtheshelter”

The dogs are also sporting tinfoil hats.

***ADOPTED!***Meet PIPER 303993 "I like to go on long drives with the windows down!"Piper is cute as can be with…

Posted by OKC Animal Welfare on Friday, July 19, 2019

You know, just in case.

Meet LADY 218612 "Let's meet and see if we're a match!"Lady is a beautiful 3 year old, 60 pound Lab and Shepherd mix….

Posted by OKC Animal Welfare on Friday, July 19, 2019

And all of the animals photos are now set against space backgrounds.

**Adopted!**3099833 month old male. Super friendly and sweet!

Posted by OKC Animal Welfare on Friday, July 19, 2019

Too cute!

Also, too sad – they have 116 dogs, 39 cats, and 2 pigs ready and waiting for their forever homes.

So if you live in the area and have room in your heart and house for a new furry friend, get moving!

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This Guy Crafted the Perfect Revenge After Neighbors Threatened His Dog

Never mess with someone’s dog. EVER.

A lesson that this guy’s neighbors had to learn the hard way after they stuck their nose in business that definitely wasn’t theirs.

The original post on Reddit told this story:

I planted over 5000 dandelion weeds in my neighbors garden from ProRevenge

So, basically, this guy’s dog was pooping IN HIS OWN YARD, he picked it up weekly, and his neighbors objected to what? Having to look at it in another person’s garden?

I would have been tempted to tell them to shove it, myself, but I doubt I would have been so created.

They threatened his dog, so they get what they get – I personally loved both the wild paint color and the dandelion seeds.

Though this commenter also had a brilliant idea.

Plus, they’d never be without it when they wanted to make mojitos.

Other commenters were good looking out, reminding the original poster not to plant anything he didn’t also want in his own garden.

The more you know.

Stay creative with your revenge out there, people, and don’t let the neighbors threaten you or yours without retribution. It just isn’t right.

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People Are Sharing Videos of Their Dogs Reacting to the Sound of a Bag of Chips

The time has come for us to be honest with ourselves and just admit that when we heard the sounds of food… we turn into curious doggos.

But let’s back up…

The Twitter account @aussiesdointhgs shared this and got the tweetstorm started…

350K+ likes and 85K+ retweets?!? Wow.

Naturally, doggo owners everywhere related in a BIG way.

And the videos started coming in like crazy…

Because dogs can hear EVERYTHING you’re doing…

And it’s usually adorable. Usually.

Especially when it’s about the chips.

Because what’s better than chips?

Or ANY food, for that matter?

I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again… we don’t deserve dogs.

But they do deserve our chips.

The end.

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14 Adorable Pug Memes for People Who Just Love a Squished Face

I’m actually dog sitting a pug as we speak and I can go on the record and tell you that these dogs are hilarious. They have a ton of personality and they are a laugh a minute.

There’s a reason why people own multiple pugs throughout their lives…they’re so much fun.

And they’re just perfect for memes, aren’t they…?

1. Hahahahaha

2. Maybe…

3. Where am I????

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#pugmeme #meme

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4. Excuse me!

5. Uh oh

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PUG!! #meme #pugmeme

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6. Staring contest

7. I’m fine

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#meme #pug #dogmeme #pugmeme

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8. LOL

9. Pizza is life

10. Oh, really?

11. Don’t be a buzzkill

12. Not interested

13. Not an acceptable answer

14. I’m the main attraction

Pug Life!

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15+ Wholesome Posts About Dogs

Ahhhh, our beloved four-legged friends.

I’m sure you’ve seen this popular opinion on social media, but it keeps popping up because it’s true: We don’t deserve dogs. They’re the best. And it’s not up for debate.

So, to put you in a much better mood than you were in before you clicked on this link, I present to you, 20 Wholesome Dog Posts!

Enjoy.

1. I love this!

A Puppy Saved From A Fire Becomes A Firefighter from aww

2. BFF

I volunteer for a dog rescue, we love seeing updates of the dogs in their new homes. This one made me smile! from aww

3. Good job, Stanley!

Stanley my medical alert pupper got to call 911 for the first time when I had ignored his alerts and fell into a seizure. He followed every step and tasked perfectly until medics arrived. from dogswithjobs

4. Comfort

5. Hello!

I haven’t met my new neighbor yet, but her dogs love me from aww

6. A warm place to sleep

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There are heroes out there.

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7. She loves it

My little girl who is 15 years old wanted to go to the park today, she’s a bit too old so I carried her down there, when we got there this is how she sat enjoying the sunshine. Love her to bits! from aww

8. Fitness plan

My 90yo neighbor hasn’t walked her dog in years so I volunteered to do it for her. So proud of Buddy’s weight loss!!! from aww

9. He might be your dog now

Hig will sit on my steps and howl until I open the door and acknowledge him. Also Hig is not my dog. from aww

10. Another rescue

My daughter has a huge heart for dogs and begged for months to get another rescue. She even used all her money to pitch in for the fees. Here she is with our third rescue pupper, Daisy. from aww

11. Time flies

Where does the time go? from aww

12. You have a new member of the club

A local farm where I live had trouble with their flock all wanting to sleep in the same house, each night they have to go break them up. The other night they found their dog had joined in from funny

13. Can’t say no

14. I just miss him

15. Walter

This is Walter. Walter waits by the front gate every Monday for his friends the binmen, who always shower him with love and treatos. 11/10 patient boy from aww

16. In love

My husband-to-be and my doggo have this great thing going on. from aww

17. Together again

My boys were separated for two years due to a divorce. My ex agreed today that I can keep my 9 year old boy!!! from aww

18. Oh, Ralph

19. New dog

Headed to a concert last night when something ran in front of my car. Needless to say I missed the concert and now have a new dog. from aww

20. Two of a kind

My dog Curtis (left) with his best friend Simon at doggy daycare from aww

About as wholesome as it gets!

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A Woman Wanted Her Pet Buried with Her, so the Healthy Dog Was Euthanized

This is pretty messed up.

We all love our pets like family, but this story makes my blood boil. It reminds of when some billionaire leaves a ton of money to their cat or something.

I mean I know we all love our pets like family, but this is absurd.

And cruel.

A woman in Richmond, Virginia, had it clearly stated in her will that her beloved dog Emma, a Shih Tzu mix, was to be put to sleep and buried with her at the time of her death. Workers at the Chesterfield County Animal Services were heartbroken that they had to honor the recently deceased woman’s wishes, but they still euthanized the healthy dog. They actually tried to appeal to the woman’s estate, but to no avail. The dog’s owner was 67-year-old Anita Cullop-Thompson.

The manager of the animal care facility said, “We did suggest they could sign the dog over on numerous occasions — because it’s a dog we could easily find a home for and re-home. But ultimately, they came back in on March 22nd and redeemed the dog.”

Emma was taken directly to a vet’s office, euthanized, and then cremated. Her ashes were returned to the deceased woman’s estate. As you can imagine, this story went viral and greatly upset many people, including big-time celebrities.

The Humane Society of the United States is clear on where they stand on the issue. Vice President Amy Nichols said, “It is a heartbreaking situation. While we don’t know the specifics of this case, as a general matter, we don’t support the euthanasia of healthy and adoptable animals when other alternatives exist, such as re-homing of the pet.”

Share your thoughts about this story in the comments. We’d like to hear from you!

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