Planning to hit the road with your favorite furry sidekick? Whether you’re embarking (haha) on a day trip, a weekend getaway or an epic cross-country adventure, we’ve got everything you need to pack your doggie bag and travel in style.
Good question! The answer: It’s a leftover thumb.
Back in the day, dogs’ ancestors walked on their whole foot, including four toes and a thumb-like appendage. As dogs evolved and began to specialize as runners/chasers, they started to walk on the tips of their fingers and toes to increase speed and agility, causing their bodies to shift and lift their thumbs/big toes off the ground. Over time, those bones shrank into the dewclaws that we know today.
Some modern dogs have dewclaws on both the front and back legs, some only have them on the front legs and some don’t have any dewclaws at all. If present, dewclaws are pretty much useless, although depending on how much muscle or bone attachment there is, a dog may use its dewclaw to help hold onto objects such as bones or toys. And some rare dog breeds such as the Basenji, the New Guinea Singing Dog and the Catahoula Leopard dog use the dewclaw to help them (get this) climb trees. Crazy, right?
[FOR YOU] CB2 Dylan Dining Table
[FOR THEM] Drip Module® Dog Bowls
On a related note, a public service announcement on the dangers of mid-century modern homes.