Many people associate Chihuahua’s with asthma, which is a myth that dates back to the Aztecs who believed that a dog would take the sins of a dead person and guide them through the afterlife. Chihuahua’s are lovable dogs–well that’s what their owner’s say. They’re actually feisty little fellows, but great companions for people of all ages.
As popular as Chihuahua’s are among Hispanic homes, they don’t cure asthma; therefore these lovable furry friends will not make you breathe easier. Many people still believe that owning a Chihuahua have lessened their asthma. Perhaps it’s because this type of dog is very loyal to their owner and their company makes them feel good.
Things Your Dog Can Sense
There’s no doubt that your dog adores you and only lives for your attention, but there’s so much more to these furry friends. There have been many stories about dogs saving their lives, whether it’s because they sensed danger ahead of time or because they offered the much needed companionship. We often take them for granted and just like we try to understand them, they try to understand us. Often, they can sense things we can’t such as:
- Sadness: Dogs know when you’re sad and they will approach you and try to comfort you when you’re feeling blue.
- Detect chemicals: Their sense of smell is a lot stronger than ours, 40 times stronger. They will alert you when they smell something dangerous.
- Anxiety and post-traumatic stress: Dogs can tell when someone is feeling anxious, which is why we see a lot of service dogs providing emotional support to their owners.
- Low blood sugar: Dogs can alert people with type 1 diabetes when they have low blood sugar even before they have any symptoms.
There have been several studies to see if dogs could detect various types of cancers, but most have been unsuccessful–until now. A new study by Italian researchers at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association in Orlando, FL found that specially trained dogs were able to detect prostate cancer from urine samples with 98% accuracy, which is remarkable.
Dogs are smart and many times they try to tell us things and unfortunately we can’t understand them. It’s important to take note of their reactions to specific things, especially their powerful noses. Next time your dog is signaling something to you or crying for no reason, pay attention because they might save your life.