7 Facts About Dogs’ Hot Life in London
London has so many happenings to offer which make life more random and enjoyable for everyone that we can easily become a part of someone’s spine-tingling adventure — chefs, artists, musicians, designers, actors, bartenders and even four-legged residents of our city. Beside the typical highlights — Salvador Dali-inspired dinners and the Royal Academy of Arts exhibitions, last year we were able to visit Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium — not just the successive pet-friendly cafe, but a cosy rescued cats’ home, where we were invited to spend the evening in the company of some purring friends.
Our animals are so huge part of our social life today that they even become the hosts of the soirée.
Like it was last month in the Curious Canine Kitchen, located on One Studio, 1 Teesdale Street, E2 6GF. This place arrived as a whole foods pop-up restaurant for dogs. It was open only for two days — Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th April 2015 with two sittings per day — 1pm and 3pm. The doggy menu included textures of tripe with seaweed and kale purée, crispy paddywack with reishi mushrooms and flaxseed cream, and a coconut and blueberry chia pudding with gluten-free cinnamon quinoa dog biscuits and matching drinks — alkaline water, beef consommé and coconut water and herbal tea. The human menu included a ‘rawsome tasting menu’ with seven raw whole food, gazpacho, a coconut and mango salad and an avocado, blueberry and chia cheesecake.
After Google announced their “Dog Policy” (“Google’s affection for our canine friends is an integral facet of our corporate culture. We like cats, but we’re a dog company, so as a general rule we feel cats visiting our offices would be fairly stressed out.” — Dog Policy, GOOGLE INC.), the Google Office in London started encouraging employees to actually bring their dogs to work. Surprisingly, the office environment became so much more enjoyable and full of love, that four new members of the office family were born — Google (left), Panda (left middle) , Bird — short from Humming Bird (right middle) and Matt (right).
But if your owner doesn’t work for a multi million company and even worse — if you don’t have an owner…, it’s still okey — London is a place of great opportunities and you can make it even when you walk on four paws. London Tube Station is one of them — apparently some London stray dogs know how to use it, in order to travel in search of food. Londoners believe these dogs travel to the city centre.
Researchers have found that the average dog is as intelligent as a two-year-old child. These are the exact words of Professor Stanley Coren, a leading expert on canine intelligence at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. According to his research dogs can understand about 165 words, signs and signals, which makes them the most intelligent animals on earth because of their ability to understand human language. And what’s even more interesting — London is in top 10 of average dog intelligence concentration, because the city is home of 75% of UK’s retrievers and 63% of UK’s border collies, which are rated among the most intelligent dog breeds.
On a local Pet Show, placed in a dog walking Battersea Park last week all dogs were able to enjoy The Beatles songs. There is a popular believe that “A day in the Life” has an extra high-pitched whistle, audible only to canines. Why? Because Paul McCartney loved his Shetland sheepdog so much that he recorded the whistle in it for his pal’s enjoyment. No extraordinary doggy behaviour was observed that day though…
Lord Byron — the great English poet and romanist, had a great love for all animals, especially for his Newfoundland dog named Boatswain. They both lived in London, Ravenna and many other places surrounded by horses, monkeys, cats, an eagle, a crow, and a falcon. But when they moved to Newstead Abbey in Nottinghamshire, the dog died of rabies. In his honour, Lord Byron wrote a poem — “Epitaph to a Dog”. The poem was later inscribed on Boatswain’s tomb at Newstead Abbey, Byron’s estate and became one of his best-known works. Years after Byron had passed away, Robert Ripley visited his grave and was amazed — “Lord Byron’s dog has a magnificent tomb while Lord Byron himself has none”, he said in the caption of the dog’s grave picture he had drawn. This deep is the love to a canine friend…
There is actually a place in London where you can train your dog to play “Hide and Seek” under the supervision of pet care professionals. It is a Talking Dogs Scentwork that will take place in Nottinghamshire in 12 July 2015. The purpose is teaching canines to use their natural sniffing skills as a bonding opportunity for owners and dogs.
Apparently London dogs have now equally busy schedules as their owners…