The dog is man’s best friend, so here is a little dog trivia for
you. Dogs have been domesticated for about a hundred thousand years and
humans love having them around. Dogs were even found in the ruins of Pompeii.
One dog that was excavated was found lying over a child, no doubt trying
to protect the child from the inevitable doom. In fact, Greek literature
tells us that Odysseus returned home after twenty years, disguised as a
beggar. The only one to recognize him was his dog, Argos. That is proof
positive that humanity has loved having dogs for pets for many years.
The official name of the dogs we call pit bulls is the American Staffordshire
terrier. Pit bulls have been the preferred pet of many famous people including
Fred Astaire, Vin Diesel, Alicia Silverstone, Michael J. Fox, and James
Caan. In World War II, there was a dog that was actually promoted to Sergeant.
Stubby was an American Staffordshire terrier mix that was honored for his
Now for some more dog trivia. What dog is famous for helping crime fighters
solve crimes? That would be the bloodhound. They are good at helping solve
crimes because of their incredible sense of smell. Did you know that Scottish
terriers are often referred to as Aberdeen terriers? Scottish terriers can
come in three colors: black, wheaten and brindle. Do you know the name of
the ailment from which many Scotties inherently suffer? It is a mild disorder
called Scotties Cramp. Scotties under stress or exercising may move erratically
when suffering from this neurological disorder, but seem fine when resting.
Americans are especially crazy about their furry friends. Here is a piece
of interesting dog trivia: statistics show that 33% of Americans talk to
their dogs on the phone or leave messages for the dog when they are gone
from home. And about a million lucky pooches have been named the beneficiary
in their master’s will.