Some fun questions and answers regarding dogs and their humans:
No. 1 = Do you know how far back in human history the presence of canines has been recorded?
— Not until 1979, did evidence of dog-to-human companionship become revealed as a very long association. At that time, remains of domestic dogs were found in the Middle East. Skeletal remains were said to date as far back as 12,000 B.C.!
No. 2 = Did you know America far and away leads the world’s domestically-kept dog population?
— Generally, at any given time, the United States records over 50 million pet dogs among its populace to second place Britain’s less than 10 million canine companions.
No. 3 = Do you know where the phrase, “I’ve got to see a man about a dog”, originated?
— In a play, “Flying Scud”, by Dion Boucicault, a fellow accused of forgery and trying to avoid the lawyer who is his accuser, uses those words to make his escape from the conversation. The phrase was repeated by the play’s audience, and then the general public, thereafter. (There’s also evidence that the word “dog” may have been “horse”!)
Photo from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg