Is Happiness Really a Warm Dog?

Is the difference in body temperature between humans and dogs part of the reason we love them so much?

With a normal body temp between 101° and 102.5° Farenheit, a dog may feel feverish when it isn’t. If you don’t know how to take your pets’ tempertuares you really should. Easy if not always fun.

Here is what pets.wedmd.com recommends:

“To take your dog’s temperature, first coat the thermometer with a lubricant such as petroleum gel or baby oil. Next, gently insert the thermometer about one inch into your dog’s anus and wait for results. Most thermometers sold for this purpose will take less than 60 seconds to register.”

With that public service announcement concluded, I wonder:

Do we love dogs because they are so warm to the human touch?

With humans mostly pegged around 98.6°, a dog feels warm to us. With their insulating coats, I doubt they feel our “cold” hands, though Google didn’t seem to have an answer for that question.

I do know that when the house is cold at night, Ginger (the chihuahua) and foster dog Nick (chi-mix?), will burrow under the covers to get and stay warm. Sometimes right next to me.

In that case, even my lowly 98.6° must feel warm and the blankets help us both.

My observation is that Charles Schulz had it right when his Peanuts comic proclaimed that “Happiness is a Warm Puppy.”

My dogs are no longer puppies, but they certainly radiate warmth, both physically and emotionally. And I greatly appreciate both.

On a cold day or night, the extra nearly 4° degrees each dog brings to my lap or bed is certainly comforting and welcome.

Warmth is just one of the reasons we love our canine companions. A warm dog — of any age — makes us happy.

And as a bonus:

What does the phrase “Three Dog Night” mean?

From Wikipedia:

“The official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1964–1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton’s girlfriend, actress June Fairchild (best known as the “Ajax Lady” from the Cheech and Chong movie Up In Smoke) suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and, if the night were freezing, it was a “three dog night”.[4]

From iheartdogs:

“The geographic source of this phrase has been debated time and again. No one is sure whether it originated in the Australian outback or the northern reaches of North America with the Eskimos. The meaning, however, is quite clear. The phrase is a rudimentary nightly temperature gauge. Dogs huddled with humans at night for the warmth. On really cold nights, three dogs were called into the bed to keep the owner from freezing to death. The phrase was cemented in literature by Jane Resh Thomas’ book Courage at Indian Deep.”

 

 

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