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Dogs Are Younger Now, Don’t You Wish This Was True For You

It must be a marvelous thing to be a dog, if only because it's been determined we've been calculating their ages all wrong and, GUESS WHAT, they're younger. [caption id="attachment_23339" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Image via Source Image via Source[/caption] The mutherpuppers are always living the dream, and now they've nabbed the Fountain of Youth! Classic. According to an article in The Daily Mail, the whole "one dog year equals 7 human years" computation is complete nonsense. If you think about it, you can see the fallacy, since dogs are capable of reproducing before they turn one--which means hoomans would be able to pop out those babies at 6 and 1/2? [caption id="attachment_23352" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Source Image via Source[/caption] Yeah, no way. Where did this myth originate? Well, in the year 1268, someone calculated Judgement Day decided the ratio of hooman years to doge years was 9:1. Fast forward about two handfuls of centuries to the 1950s, and most humans lived till 70, while most dogs lived till 10, ergo the 7 years to every 1 dog year. This is where biology says, "math! you're wrong!". Dogs mature at different rates according to their age, breed, size--basically, there are so many variables, it's a challenge to draw a broad age parallel that can be applied comparing homo sapiens years to those of canis domesticus. Here are some handy-dandy charts that illustrate this:   [caption id="attachment_23329" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Source Image via Source[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_23331" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Source Image via Source[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_23333" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Source Image via Source[/caption]   In the end, age is just a number, and that number is just a mindset, right? At least that's what my mom tells me every time my birthday rolls around, and what I think every time I see my 2-year-old doxie misbehave with the derpiness of a 3-month-old puppy. Ah, dogs, truly furever young. [caption id="attachment_23353" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Image via Source Image via Source[/caption]

Hope Bobbitt

7 years ago

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