Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Test Your Knowledge of Dog Trivia

Q: What is the tallest breed of dog?  
A: If you guessed the Great Dane, you’d be wrong.  The tallest breed is the Irish Wolfhound.


Q: Which US Presidents had Scottish Terriers living with them in the White House? 
A: Former President Franklin D Roosevelt had a Scottie named Fala, who was famous in his own right.  In 1944 Roosevelt gave the infamous “Fala Speech”, refuting allegations that Fala was costing the taxpayers money!  Former President George W Bush’s presidential Scottie was named Barney.  He became quite famous, starring as himself in several BarneyCam films.  He once bit a Reuters news reporter, as well as the PR Director of the Boston Celtics.  Bad Presidential Doggie!  Bad!


 Q: An impressive statue of a dog in New York City’s Central Park honors the lifesaving heroics of which breed of dog?
 A: As Isis would proudly tell you, it’s the Siberian Husky!  A team of sled dogs saved the town of Nome, Alaska from a diphtheria epidemic in 1925 by delivering life saving serum.  Sled dog teams were the only way to transport the serum to Nome during extreme blizzard conditions.  The lead dog of the last relay team to reach Nome was a Husky named Balto.  The Central Park statue is of Balto, and honors the sled dogs and mushers that risked their lives in treacherous conditions to save the people of Nome. 



We took Isis to Central Park in NYC this Fall.  She was thrilled to see the statue her idol, Balto!   The plaque on the statue reads “Dedicated to the indomitable spirit of the sled dogs that relayed antitoxin six hundred miles over rough ice, across treacherous waters, through Arctic blizzards from Nenana, to the relief of stricken Nome in the Winter of 1925”  “Endurance  Fidelity  Intelligence " 
 
Q: What breed of dog is the beloved comic strip character Snoopy? 
A: Snoopy is a Beagle

Q: What breed of dog were Marmaduke, the dog from the Jetsons cartoon, and Scooby Doo? 
A: They were all Great Danes

Q: Which breed of dog is known to have “lifeguard” abilities?
A: Despite their large size and fairly low activity level, the Newfoundland, or "Newfie", was bred to work with fishermen on their boats.  Their muscular build, double coated fur, webbed feet and strong swimming ability make them ideal for water rescue.  A Newfie named seaman even accompanied explorers Lewis and Clark on expedition.

 
 


photos of Irish Wolfhound & Newfie obtained on Wikipedia

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