Humans and dogs have been buddies for basically as long as there have been humans and dogs. Humans figured out that dogs would basically work for scraps and some time playing with a stick, and dogs figured out that as long as you look cute enough to go viral on TikTok you’ll never go without a meal for the rest of your life. It’s basically one of the most impressive and efficient symbiotic relationships in the entire animal kingdom — and leads to masterpieces like Marmaduke.
Below are some of our favorite facts about our goofy four-legged friends — from how they sense time with smell, to what their tail wagging actually means. Oh, and when you’re done reading, maybe give the dog in your life a little extra attention.