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Doggy Facts or Doggy Fiction? You Be the Judge

Dogsters, here's a little something that will help your brain make the transition from Sunday to Monday. Can you sniff out the fact from the...

Maria Goodavage  |  May 9th 2011


Dogsters, here’s a little something that will help your brain make the transition from Sunday to Monday. Can you sniff out the fact from the fiction in the stories below? Each has been investigated by Snopes.com. Take your best guess about which ones are true, which ones are false, and which ones may not yet have definite answers. We give a relevant Snopes link for each story so you can check your answers against the experts.

Hot Dog Name Created by Sports Cartoonist Who Couldnt Spell

Here’s some interesting etymology from TakeOurWord.com, 1999:

The modern name [“hot dog”] didn’t arise until a popular cartoonist named T.A. “Tad” Dorgan drew a picture of a dachshund in an elongated bun in the early 1900s and the term caught on in a big way.

Yea or nay? Go to this Snopes page to check it out.

The Evil Killer Guide Dog

From an article in the Europa Times, October, 1993:

“We will not have him put down. Lucky is basically a damn good guide dog,” Ernst Gerber, a dog trainer from Wuppertal told reporters. “He just needs a little brush-up on some elementary skills, that’s all.”

Gerber admitted to the press conference that Lucky, a German shepherd guide-dog for the blind, had so far been responsible for the deaths of all four of his previous owners. “I admit it’s not an impressive record on paper. He led his first owner in front of a bus, and the second off the end of a pier. He actually pushed his third owner off a railway platform just as the Cologne to Frankfurt express was approaching and he walked his fourth owner into heavy traffic, before abandoning him and running away to safety. But, apart from epileptic fits, he has a lovely temperament. And guide dogs are difficult to train these days.”

Asked if Lucky’s fifth owner would be told about his previous record, Gerber replied: “No. It would make them nervous, and would make Lucky nervous. And when Lucky gets nervous he’s liable to do something silly.”

Could this possibly be true? Find the answer on this Snopes page.

Water Jugs Prevent Dogs From Pooping on Lawn

Word has it that a few clear plastic bottles filled halfway with water and laid on their sides will prevent pooches from pooping on your lawn.

True, false, or undetermined? Take a peek here.

Dogs and Porcupines Dont Mix

Ow!!! What do you think, Dogsters? Are these real photos of a dog who got on the wrong side of a porcupine?

Were you sharp enough to guess correctly? Make a point of heading over to Snopes to see.

How did you do, Dogsters?