By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (August 26, 2021) – In Issue 2021-164 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we learn it is a dog’s world.


Today is National Dog Day.  It was established in 2004 to recognize the dogs in shelters and rescues that need to be adopted, and to honor the family dogs and working dogs that make our lives so much richer. For the 30th year, Labs are the most popular dog breed in America, according to the American Kennel Club.  Next in popularity are French Bulldogs, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, and Bulldogs.

Did you know that each dog has a unique nose print, much like human fingerprints?  Plus, a dog nose has 300 million receptors compared to 5 million in a human nose.  No wonder they enjoy sticking that nose out the car window! So, hug your pup; cook up some bacon and get that nose a-twitching as we celebrate man’s best friend today.

Here is a map of Pomerania, which is in today’s Germany and Poland, by Homann from 1716.  Yes, the dog breed Pomeranian originates from here.

Map of Pomerania – 1716 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.