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  • Party dogs

    Party dogs

    Nearly a quarter of all dog owners commemorate their pet’s birthday, while approximately 6 percent recognize the special day with a party. In other celebratory news, about 80 percent of owners sign their dog’s name to their holiday greeting cards. No word on how dogs help decorate the tree.

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  • Hound Bite: Black Dog Syndrome

    Hound Bite: Black Dog Syndrome

    Black dogs, especially large ones, are often the last to be adopted at shelters, which also means they’re more likely to be put down. Visit your local shelter or the Black Pearls of the Dog World rescue group if you’ve got room in your home for a black beauty.

  • Dog’s eye view

    Dog’s eye view

    I have eaten the steaksthat were on the counter, and which you were probablythawing for dinner. —Wilbrodog Carlos Wilbrodog

  • Here, Andrew!

    Here, Andrew!

    Approximately half of all dog owners give their pets “people names“–Max, Sam, Maggie, and Jack are among the most popular. Lower on the list: Kevin, Juanita, Eric, Ann-Marie, and Steve.

  • Ol’ Bluey

    Ol’ Bluey

    Bluey, the world’s oldest known dog, lived to be 29. Born in 1910, the Australian Cattle dog herded sheep for nearly 20 years on his family’s farm before he died in 1939. Australian Cattle dogs typically live to be 12 to 15 years old.

  • What would Lassie do?

    What would Lassie do?

    “Lassie, the famous TV collie, was always there for her family, no matter how she was treated or what obstacles were thrown in her path. She didn’t hold a grudge or become bitter or disappointed.’ “I did my best this year to be as good as that dog was to the people around her. When […]

  • It’s mine, all mine!

    It’s mine, all mine!

    Ever wonder why dogs scratch the ground after peeing and pooping? One leading theory is that it spreads their signature scent–and territorial claim–over a wider area.

  • Gone the way of the Dodo

    Gone the way of the Dodo

    Dozens of dog breeds have become extinct over the last several centuries,including Germany’s Boxer-like Bullenbeisser, the Chinese Happa Dog, and the Hawaiian Poi Dog. The most common reasons for extinction? Disease, natural disaster, and lack of controlled breeding.

  • I also write poetry…

    I also write poetry…

    A German Border Collie named Rico, who was born in 1994 and lives in Germany, boasts a vocabulary of 200 simple words, according to animal psychologists at the Max Planck Institute. All of the words he’s memorized are the names of his toys. His owners started his training–and vast toy collection–when he was 10-months-old and […]

  • And baby makes 24…

    And baby makes 24…

    Tia, a Neopolitan Mastiff, holds the record for delivering (by C-section) the largest litter ever. Of her 24 pups, 20 survived. Reportedly, she has yet to set up college savings funds.

  • “Spot” is so 1775

    “Spot” is so 1775

    Distinguished first U.S. President George Washington owned many dogs throughout his lifetime, including a Fox Hound he called Sweetlips. Unconfirmed: pet name for wife Martha was Huggiebear.

  • Collar color matters

    Collar color matters

    In medieval Europe, commoners weren’t allowed to own dogs over a certain size. The reason: to keep the blue collar folk from using dogs to hunt game on the estates of nobility. Legend has it that terriers were bred to be small enough to squeak under the size limit, but tenacious enough to catch small […]

  • We go back eons…

    We go back eons…

    Dogs have been man’s best friend for a very long time–about 10,000 to 15,000 years. Experts believe that’s when dogs first began to transform from scavengers on the edge of human societies to hunting partners, alarm systems, and companions to people.

  • Race ya to the dictionary

    Race ya to the dictionary

    The average two-year-old knows about 300 words. The average dog knows between 10 and 20 words, but can usually run faster.

  • Roll over, Fido

    Roll over, Fido

    Forty two percent of dog owners share their bed with their pooch, according to a recent survey. No word on who steals the covers or has the worst morning breath.

  • Sorry, I thought you were wagging at me

    Sorry, I thought you were wagging at me

    Most puppies begin wagging their tails at around one to two months of age, or about the time they start interacting with littermates. Wagging doesn’t always mean “I’m happy to see you!” It can also signal wariness, or “who goes there!”

  • That’s a mouthful

    That’s a mouthful

    A Golden Retriever named Augie won a Guinness World Record title after she demonstrated her ability to hold five tennis balls in her mouth at a time. She never mastered tying a cherry stem with her tongue, however.

  • The lapdog that roared

    The lapdog that roared

    The Pekingese was bred to look like the small lion that symbolized the Buddha in ancient Chinese art–hence the nickname ‘lion dogs.’ The fluffy creatures were favorites of the imperial family of China, particulary during the Tang dynasty, from 700 to 1000 A.D. Palace eunuchs oversaw their breeding.

  • The popular crowd

    The popular crowd

    For 22 years straight, Poodles were America’s number one dog. From 1960 to 1982, they were the most popular breed registered with the American Kennel Club, making them the pooch with the longest run in the top slot.

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