ImageOur Flashcard section is customarily a clip-and-save guide to navigating some of the language's more treacherous waters. In past installments we've tackled homonyms, state abbreviations, essential and nonessential phrases, and the its/it's dilemma. This time, however, we simply convey a cornucopia of canine arcana. These facts are, indeed, just for fun.

Many thanks to EE friend Amy Ferguson, who compiled the following out of the goodness of her crazy doglady heart.

The Most Common Dog Names in the United States




The Most Popular Dog Breeds in the U.S.

Image  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Golden Retriever
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Dachshund
  5. Beagle
  6. Poodle
  7. Chihuahua
  8. Rottweiler
  9. Yorkshire Terrier
  10. Boxer

Some Things You Probably Didn't Know About Dogs

  • 70% of people surveyed by the American Animal Hospital Association sign their pet's name on greeting cards. 58% include their pets in family and holiday portraits.
  • An estimated 1 million dogs in the United States have been named the primary beneficiary in an owner's will.
  • It's estimated that nearly 60% of dogs and puppies brought into shelters are eventually euthanized.
  • The Bloodhound is the only animal capable of uncovering evidence that is admissible in American courts.

A Dog's Rules of Possession

  1. If I like it, it's mine.
  2. If I saw it first, it's mine.
  3. If it's in my mouth, it's mine.
  4. If I can take it from you, it's mine.
  5. If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
  6. If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
  7. If I'm chewing something up, all of the pieces are mine.
  8. If it just looks like mine, it's mine.
  9. If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
  10. If it's broken, it's yours.

People on Dogs

Image"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside a dog, it's too dark to read."
— Groucho Marx

"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in."
— Mark Twain

"In order to keep a true perspective of one's importance, everyone should have a dog that will worship him and a cat that will ignore him."
— Dereke Bruce

"If you want to be liked, get a dog. The people you work with are not your friends."
— Deborah Norville

"No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich." — Louis Sabin

"Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to." — Joe Gores


  • The Beatles song "Martha My Dear" was written by Paul McCartney about his Shetland sheepdog Martha.
  • At the end of the song "A Day in the Life," an ultrasonic whistle, audible only to dogs, was recorded by McCartney for his dog.

Amy's Dog-Related Links

Los Angeles Animal Control
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, L.A. Chapter
Nuts for Mutts
Amanda Foundation
Animal Avengers
American Humane
Humane Society of the United States
Pooch Cafe (a comic strip about dogs)


Planet Dog: A Doglopedia, by Sandra and Harry Choron, Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2005

The 2,548 Best Things Anybody Ever Said, by Robert Byrne, Galahad Books, New York, 1996. (a Kansas City, Mo.-based Web site devoted to dogs and the people who love them)