Fun Dog Facts

Just dreaming here, but what if you applied to be a contestant on “Jeopardy?” A couple of weeks later, the producer of the show rings you up and makes it formal, “How would you like to compete against two other players on one of the longest-running TV game shows in history?”

The dog yelps because you just dropped your lower jaw on its head. You respond like a Klingon in love to the person on the other end of the phone, mutterings something like, “You sure right I’ll bet when what should I eat before I meet Mr. Trebek tomorrow thanks I look ahead to the forward, OK?” Even the pup thinks you may have blown it. But, sure enough, a FedEx envelope arrives the next day with all the details.

Everyone’s in place, the theme music starts playing, Alex asks a few innocuous questions and reveals the categories. At that moment, you see the title “Doggie Tweets.” At that point you realize that by reading this article, you actually have a chance to play the big puzzle at the end.

50-50 Chance

Life is a gamble. But it’s better to have some knowledge than 3-pounds of margarine or a cheap butter substitute between your ears. Attention, please. We’re going to roll-out some fun dog facts that may show up under the “Doggie Tweets” column:

  • Lord Byron, the romantic poet, loved his dog named Boatswain so much that he had a stone-cutter put these words on the animal’s grave marker: “Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices.”
  • One of the oldest dog breeds is the wiener dog. It goes all the way back to Egypt around the time of the pyramids. The Germans are the ones that gave the dachshund its title. Because the foot long was good at hunting badgers, “Dachs” means “badger.” Hund is German for “hound.”
  • Remember the kids book “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas?” The mutts name was Max.
  • Not all that unusual, the most popular name for a canine is – you got it – Max.
  • If you have a mutt with a black tongue, it’s a good bet there are a bunch of Chow genes in the pup. That breed is the only canine with a licorice licker.
  • In the Bible, dogs are found 14 times.
  • Like the fries you get with your burger, the French had nothing to do with the side dish. Same with the French poodle. They didn’t get their start in that country either.
  • Two known medical facts: Dogs can smell if a person has cancer and if you own a canine, you’re adding years to your life. You’ll also be less likely to have a heart attack.
  • Dogs don’t sweat by panting. They blow-off a little steam through the pads on their paws.
  • Dogs are not color blind. They can tell a yellow bandana from a blue babooshka. The thing is the color isn’t as vivid to them. Two colors they may have trouble seeing are green and red. So, stop humiliating them at Christmas.
  • One-third of every dog owner proudly admits that they talk to their animal on the phone or leave messages on the answering machine, addressed to the puppy when they’re not home – but the mutt is.

Consider yourself prepped for your debut on “Jeopardy.” At least in the “Doggie Tweets” category. You’re on your own when it comes to “Potent Potables,” though.

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