A new study this week indicates that dogs poop in alignment with the Earth's magnetic field. When left to their own devices (as in not on a leash), they exhibit a strong tendency to align themselves along a north/south axis before the first turd hits the ground. This ground-breaking research is in agreement with previous studies of cattle and deer, suggesting that there may well be something to the ancient oriental art of feng-pui.
Our findings open horizons for the study of magnetoreception in general and are of potential significance for applied ethology (husbandry, animal welfare). They challenge neuroscientists and biophysics to explain the proximate mechanisms.
It's a safe bet that animal "rights" professional agitators will soon be demanding that doghouses, stables, and barns be designed and situated in such a manner as to accommodate the clearly preferred alignments of the animals housed therein.