University of Michigan's mascot is the wolverine, which got us to thinking, is the wolverine related to the dog? Two seconds of Googling answered that with an emphatic HELL, NO! Turns out the wolverine is a member of the weasel family. But, there is a dog link to the wolverine. Well, actually, Wolverine, the Marvel comic book character. Dog Logan, who has superior tracking abilities (oh yeah, and fangs and claw-like fingernails), is Wolverine's half brother.
Returning to the land of reality, University of Michigan faculty and researchers have been involved in some interesting studies involving dogs. In one, done in collaboration with UC San Francisco, they found that repeated exposure to dogs in infancy reduces children's risk of developing allergies and asthma. In another, researchers identified a gene that might be responsible for the fact that dogs are diurnal (stay awake during the day-well, stay awake when they're not busy napping) and wolves are nocturnal.
Ann Arbor is a wonderful college town to stroll through with your canine. When you're ready for a little nip or nosh (or full-on meal), try The Earle, a brasserie style restaurant specializing in Italian and French cooking, with offerings like Lamb Chops with Port Wine and Tarragon Sauce and Linguine with Garlic Sausage. Enjoy it with your pooch on their sidewalk patio.
And for those deeply in need of comfort food, try Fleetwood Diner, classic with its Airstream styling. Open 24/7, you and your pup are welcome at their pet friendly outdoor seating.
Another favorite Ann Arbor destination is Biercamp. You've got to love a butcher shop that's also a pet friendly beer garden. We love their 16-Hour Pulled Pork Sandwich with a side of Chili Cheese Tater Tots.
And after you've eaten you fill, you (or at least your pup) can run off some of those very tasty calories at one of Ann Arbor's off leash dog parks, which you will need to get a license from the City of Ann Arbor to use. Swift Run Dog Park is particularly nice, with 10 acres for your dog to roam.
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