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The 27 Greatest Things Dogs Give To Our World

Written by: Lisa Bernier

December 10, 2014

As pop culture today is filled with musings on apocalypses (some zombie, some not), and the endless speculations that accompany such musings descend like a swarm of killer bees (not that I hate useless scenarios or anything, or the addicting quizzes that come with it, or the pointless debates, or the crappy movies that come out of this trend…ok, I’ll stop now), it made us think, as we compiled listicles on doges and hoomans, about the many things dogs give to us and the world.

Since I did a total Henry James on that sentence, without any more rambling and weird sentence structure, here are 27 beautiful, derpy and just plain weird things dogs have given to the world.

1. Great gifs

via Buzzfeed
via Buzzfeed

What would every workday be without these?

2. Dogshaming

via Dogshaming
via Dogshaming

The only ones who don’t appreciate this are possibly the dogs themselves.

3. Tuna melts my heart

via @tunameltsmyheart
via @tunameltsmyheart

THAT FACE!!!!!

4. The Doge meme

via knowyourmeme
via knowyourmeme

Tumblr without this = sadness much would.

5. Freudian analysis

via wsj.com
via wsj.com

Freud would often use his beloved Chow Jofi to help him determine a patient’s mental state. His pup would also always unerringly let him know when his 50 minute sessions were up by heading to the door.

6. Green innovation

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A poop machine that creates energy. A recycling program that also helps strays. They’re doing more for the planet than most hoomans do.

7. Interesting erm…fashion choices

via heavy.com
via heavy.com

It’s a trend for pups to donate hair to their hoomans to give them fashionable warmth. We didn’t make this up.

8. Puppycams

ALL THE FEELS!!!

9. Hunting

via fairyist
via fairyist

Where would early man have been without his faithful companion helping him feed the family?

10. Nanny skills

via jokeroo
via jokeroo

Some pups could teach Mary Poppins a trick or two.

11. Nome, Alaska

via deviantart
via deviantart

Balto and his heroic canine comrades were able to get much needed medicine to the town in time, saving lives and an entire community from being devastated by disease.

12. Cancer detection

via rewordit.org
via rewordit.org

They can smell it with their sniffers, and in doing so, are helping science and early detection rates.

13. Protection

via The BBC
via The BBC

Look, even the Duchess of Cambridge has a guardian pup. AND he’s Irish. #InRuv

14. Getting out of bed

When they gotta go, they gotta go. Or eat. Or play. Hey, they just love us THAT much.

15. Florence Nightingale’s career as a nurse

via womensbios.lib
via womensbios.lib

Nightingale was responsible for revolutionary hospital reform. How did she get her beginning in the healing arts? By helping to save a sheepdog’s paw.

16. Safe landings for planes

via USA Today
via USA Today

Dogs literally help keep runways clear of birds, allowing planes to land without aviary accidents.

17. Watergate

via The Nixon Foundation
via The Nixon Foundation

After a campaign funds scandal, Nixon’s dog Checkers was a key figure in a 1952 speech addressing the accusations. This was BEFORE Watergate. The speech basically saved Nixon’s butt. He stayed in politics, which paved the way for his presidency (and his infamous leave from it).

18. Rin Tin Tin and Warner Bros.

via whyy.org
via whyy.org

Warner Bros was just a fledgling studio when they greenlit the first Rin Tin Tin film. It, and its following movies were a hit, creating a doge icon and a powerhouse movie business.

19. Comics

via totalfilm.com
via total film.com

Marmaduke. Snoopy. Corg Life. The list goes on and on.

20. College Mascots in the U.S.

via Wikipedia and Yale News
via Wikimedia and Yale News

The first college mascot in the United States? Yale University’s Handsome Dan, a bulldog.

21. Emotional stability

via SparkyHub
via SparkyHub

The reason why we go ga-ga over cute pups (also known as “cute aggression”) is biological. It helps to balance positive emotions in the brain.

22. Ridiculous puns

via Buzzfeed
via Buzzfeed

‘Nuff said.

23. Viral videos

YouTube would be a forlorn, tiny, ne’er visited little website without the contribution of pups.

24. Heating

via Rumble Viral
via Rumble Viral

Why would you need a blanket or space heater when there’s a willing doge ready to snuggle up and squish you with warm, fuzzy love? Besides, breathing is overrated.

25. Designer poop bags

via theinventorspot
via inventorspot

They’re a thing.

26. This Beatles song

Paul McCartney wrote Martha, My Dear about none other than his Old English Sheepdog.

27. Best friends

via yourpetfriends
via yourpetfriends

Because we wouldn’t be who we are today, as a species or as individuals, without our beloved pups.

What else belongs on the list? Let us know in the comments!

Featured Image via the Canine Community

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