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Mr. Smarty Pants Knows: Meghan Markle’s Beagle, Other Things

Meghan Markle, the recently minted Duchess of Sussex, has a rescue beagle named Guy.

 

In 2015, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that 54 percent of dogs were overweight. How can you check your dog? According to veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward, you can run your dog’s ribs. If you can count them, great; if not, your dog may have a weight problem.

 

Dog urine causes brown spots in grass because of its high nitrogen content.

 

Flyball is a sport in which four-dog teams compete in a carefully choreographed relay race.

 

According to the American Kennel Club, it’s OK to give your dog some watermelon and cantaloupe — as long as you remove the seeds and don’t let them eat the rind. Also, remember to do all things in moderation: Cantaloupe is high in sugar and may not be a good choice for diabetic or obese dogs.

 

Mr. Smarty Pants read the above information in a book, magazine, newspaper, or website; heard it on TV; or overheard it at a party. Got any facts? If you do, email them to Mr. Smarty Pants at MrPants@AustinChronicle.com for possible inclusion in this column.