Mr. Smarty Pants Knows
A Gift From Mom
Puppies chew slippers because they consider them as a “gift” from a senior member of the pack that usually leave things for them to eat since they’re too young to hunt.
The origin of the word dog in English is not clear. The generic term in Teutonic languages was hund.
Tennis balls can be dangerous dog toys. They can break in half and get lodged in the throat or fragments can get stuck in a dog’s stomach.
Abe Lincoln had a dog named Fido whom he obsessed over. When he was forced to leave Fido behind in Illinois, he gave friends extremely specific rules for how the dog should be cared for, including dictating that the dog should not be scolded for bringing mud into the house.
Musical canine freestyle is a competitive sport that started around 1989 and includes a mixture of obedience training, tricks, and dance.
Mr. Smarty Pants read the above information in a book, magazine, newspaper, or website; heard it on the radio; saw it on television, or overheard it a party. Got any facts? Email them Mr. Smarty Pants for possible inclusion in the column at MrPants@AustinChronicle.com.