Dogs have a shorter life expectancy than humans...that's a given. But if you ask me, a year is a year.
One "year" is defined as 365.25 days...or 365 Days with a "Leap Day" every 4th year.
For humans...and dogs...and giraffes...and birds, etc...time passes second by minute by day by week by month by year at the same speed...one day at a time. I find it hard to believe that in the time it takes me to watch a 60 minute television show that Rover over here could watch roughly EIGHT 60 minute movies.
"That's not the same thing...", say the Logic Fearing Masses.
I'm calling BS.
A dog can't get its own year without the same applying to every other measure of time...it's got to be relative.
And if a dog gets its own year, why not Birds? or Tortoises? or Orangutans?
How long's a "Bird Year"? Assuming that the average life expectancy for a human is 75 years...a "Bird Year" is roughly 5 to 10 years if you're a Parakeet...4 to 7 years if you're a Cockatiel...Less than 2 years if you're an Amazon Parrot...Up to 2 years if you're a Macaw...About the same if you're an African Grey or a Cockatoo.
So let's look at the numbers...a "Bird Year" is roughly 5 years, no wait...4, um...2..divide by 8 and subtract the remainder....oh this is TOO MUCH...
See where my problem is?
It gets equally confusing when you consider that the life expectancy for a dog can range from just under 7 years (Bulldogs, Bernese Mtn. Dog, Irish Wolfhound) to over 14 years (Whippet, Bedlington Terrier, Min. Poodle).
With those numbers a "Dog Year" is now equal to approximately 5...no 10...is it...6…?
HERE WE GO AGAIN!.
Makes no sense.
Numbers don't lie.
No such thing as a "Dog Year"
Some other fun facts:
In 1950, the dog year was roughly 33% shorter than it is today…about 6 years or so…IF the dog lived in Central America…dogs in Sub-Saharan Africa enjoyed a “Dog Year” of 4.5 to 5 years.
Today the dog enjoys a “Dog Year” of about 8 years, give or take…except for those in Sub-Saharan Africa…they still only get about 6…poor things.
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