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  1. Steve from Blue’s Clues once showed up unannounced to a kid’s birthday party after seeing a party sign and blue paw print on the house’s mailbox. He showed up in character and costume, handed our presents and refused any compensation from the parents.

  2. A cat in Wisconsin, saved her human family by pawing at them when they were feeling sleepy and got them out of the house. First responders did a test and revealed that the house had a dangerous level of carbon monoxide poisoning.

  3. A woman named Angela adopted a cat and named her Missy. Missy pawed at Angela's chest and Angela felt that was not right and went to the doctor only to reveal that Angela had cancer. A year later Missy pawed Angela's chest again and tests revealed cancer again.

  4. When dogs sleep their paws heat up, triggering more bacteria activity, causing their paws to smell like corn chips.

  5. In 1996 a stray cat who'd given birth to a litter in an abandoned Brooklyn garage returned to the structure five times after a fire broke out to save her kittens, despite her eyes blistered shut and her paw pads burned from the flames. (Mama and babies all survived.)

  6. A cave in France contains the footprints of a young child alongside the paw prints of a dog, left 26,000 years ago. The oldest evidence of human canine relationships ever found

  7. Bomb-sniffing dogs will calmly sit when they smell explosive materials. They will never bark or paw at something they detect

  8. A tiger is heavily favored in a fight with a lion and a tiger once killed a lion with a single paw swipe at a zoo in Turkey

  9. In 2012 a stray cat entered the home of a blind dog called Terfel and became his seeing-eye guide. Confined to his basket so he didn’t bump into things, the cat sensed Terfel’s disability and began using his paws to gently lead him around the house; he even assisted for trips to the local park.

  10. In 2007 a Doberman Pinscher named Khan saved a baby girl from a deadly King Brown snake attack. At first the dog tried nudging the baby from danger. As the snake was about to strike, Khan grabbed the girl by the diaper, flung her to safety and took a venomous bite to the paw himself.

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Cats "directly register", meaning that while walking, their back paws land in the same spot as their front paws, which minimizes noise and visible tracks.

A cat, named Pwditat, approached the family dog Terfel and seemed to sense that he couldn’t see. Using her paws, she coaxed him out of his basket that he had been afraid to leave and led him out into the garden. Today, the unlikely pair is inseparable as she serves as Terfel’s seeing-eye cat.

Dogs have a bacteria on their paws that make them smell like corn chips, which is commonly referred to as "Frito Feet."

A cave in France has the footprints of an 8- to 10-year-old boy left in the mud 26,000 years ago alongside the paw prints of either a wolf or a large dog, the oldest evidence of human/canine relationships ever found.

Tha A German citizen trained his dog (named Adolf) to raise his right paw when he was given the command “Heil Hitler”; the man was later sentenced to five months in prison for violating Germany’s ban on the Nazi salute.

In the 6th century a Swedish king – to demonstrate his low opinion of the Danes – sent a small dog to Denmark and officially made it their king. Appointing dogs to rule the conquered became a tradition in Scandinavia. They were given thrones and mansions, and routinely signed paw-print decrees.

Evidence of the oldest man/dog relationship is in a French cave. Side-by-side foot and paw prints were discovered. The 26,000 year old tracks were left behind by a young boy and his wolf companion.

In 2011 a cat saved a grieving US soldier from committing suicide. During the man’s darkest hour, the cat meowed and pawed at his face, jumped on his shoulders, head-butted him and emitted a strange, low vibrating sound the soldier had never heard before – which brought him back from the brink.

Polar bears have been known to cover their noses with their paws whilst hunting, in an attempt to blend in with their surroundings.

In 2007 a German pensioner was given a prison term of five months for, amongst other things, training his dog 'Adolf' to raise his right paw in a Nazi salute every time the command "Heil Hitler!" was uttered

The story of Teddy Roosevelt sparing a bear cub is a myth, he just didn't want to kill it himself because it was bad sport. The bear's neck was cut open and they ate its paws that night for dinner with possum. - fact check

Fido, President Lincoln's dog. Shortly after Lincoln's assassination, the dog put his front paws on a drunk sitting in the street and the drunk knifed the dog to death. The president's popularity led to fido becoming the generic name for a dog.

The term 'Frito Feet' refers to dogs paws that smell Like Corn Chips, Nuts, or Popcorn.

About Bothie, the only dog ever to have left paw prints at the North and South Poles

When Cats Walk, They Place Each Hind Paw Directly in the Print of the Corresponding Front Paw

Lilly, a rescued pit bull. She risked her life to drag her unconscious owner out of the path of an oncoming freight train, causing her severe injuries including a destroyed paw, multiple pelvis breaks, and internal injuries. They both lived.

3D printing gave a dog born without front paws the ability to run again through the creation of specially designed prosthetics, thanks to a foster caregiver that worked at a 3D printer manufacturer.

Kangaroos don't sweat, so they lick their paws and then rub them to their chest for cooling

The "Chinese lucky cat" figurines with the waving paw aren't Chinese and they aren't waving hello. They're Japanese, originating there in the 1800s, and the paw gesture is beckoning you to come inside, hence the name maneki-neko ("beckoning cat").

That, despite the reputation of black cats, a black cat named Luna saved her human family from a house fire.The house burned down to the ground, but not before Luna woke her owner in time by pawing and biting her feet. Once awake, Emily Chappell-Root evacuated her family from the blaze.

The distinctive pattern of a Siamese cat's coat is because of a recessive gene that causes pigment to only appear in "cooler" areas of their body. This is why their warm body is white, while their cooler paws, ears, and other extremities are dark brown - fact check

Black bear has narrow muzzle, broad skull, small, rounded ears and massive body. Its large paws are equipped with non-retractable claws.

Fennec fox has very large, 6-inches-long ears. Oversized ears radiate excess heat and prevent overheating of the body. Aside from large ears, fennec fox has very long tail with black tip and furry paws which facilitate movement across the hot, loose sand.

Maine Coon has furry ears and bushy tail which represent adaptation to a life in the cold areas. Its huge paws with large tufts of hair between the toes facilitate walking across the snow.

Marbled cat has rounded head with big eyes, short ears and large canine teeth. It has slender body and big paws.