When I prepared the post for today, I realized I neglected to acknowledge a bit of trivia associated with today. So today will be a twofer with two posts. Affectionately known as Pi Day and celebrated in the US on March 14. A nod to the mathematical constant known as π (pi), this day is a fun day to eat pie, throw pies and discuss the significance of the number. March 14 is also the birthdate of Albert Einstein, the well-recognized theoretical physicist. So today, I say, Happy Birthday, Al and would someone please pass some pie?!
It is well known this upright is horrid with math, but any day associated with pie…irrational or not…well that’s an entirely different equation. Got any cool Pi Day plans?
Sam here. We saw some interesting noses the other day peeking through some knotholes in a fence we passed so mom thought it might be fun to do a trivia quiz to see if you could identify various noses. So…are you ready to give it a go?
Here’s nosing you!
And here are the answers. I know, mom was sneaky with #7. It’s clear I can never leave to read any pee-mail when she’s lurking around. Sorry ’bout that. 😆
Did you recognize my schnoz? Yup, that’s me-a Standard Poodle
Old English Sheepdog, my former baby ‘sister’ Puck
Bull Terrier (you may remember Spuds McKenzie from those old Bud Light commercials)
Panda (bad mom – if you got that one correct, you get bonus points!)
Samoyed (this is my ‘hood bestie, Della; isn’t she just a love?)
Hey there sports fans, Sam here with the second half of the alphabet trivia quiz of baby animal names. Take a go and have some fun with it.
And the answers, please…
Eft (more like WTH!) – and we’re not talking Exchange Traded Funds here either, people. Talk about baffling, what…calf or pup wasn’t available?!
Joey (so do they call baby girl possums Josie?)
Chick/peachick – This one made me chuckle but it stands to reason since the mom’s are called peahens and the dad’s are peacocks. Go figure…zoology is weird like that sometimes.
Chick (so do you think baby boy quails are called dudes?)
Calf and clearly one that only a mother could love. Yikes!!
The nemesis of most dogs is named after…wait for it…dogs and cats – which seems almost farcical since these tree rats are known as…pups, kits or kittens. Kind of gives us dogs and cats a bad rap, doesn’t it?
Calf – I’m beginning to see a trend in the bottom half of the alphabet.
Joey – Same question as #3…for those curious of us for whom gender identification matters.
Calf – Why am I not surprised? There sure were a lot of calves in the second half of the alphabet-it’s as if they ran out of clever names like dog, pup, pooch, hound, etc.
Colt/foal – Whichever color the stripes are (black or brown), those little guys are adorably cute.
Well…how’d you do? We kind of got stuck after a while and just said calf for most of the answers. 😉
Sam here. Everyone knows that dogs have pups and cats have kittens, but do you know what other animal babies are called? Here is the first of two lists mom and I found to test your knowledge:
How well did you do? Interesting so many babies are identified as ‘pup,’ don’t you think? Don’t feel badly, mom and I totally bombed. I mean, whoever heard of a ‘cria‘ other than maybe a mama llama?? Ha, looks like I’m a poet! Be sure to check out the last part of alphabet babies next week.
What breed of dog is born with a ‘soft’ spot in their skull similar to human babies?
True or False…did Sigmund Freud used a dog to assist in his therapy sessions.
What breed of dog did Napoleon own?
Well that’s it for me in this edition. Gotta go and burn my bracket. Anyone else surprised the Syracuse men and women’s teams were sooo good?
Dogs typically have 1700 taste buds which probably explains why they enjoy ‘gourmet’ garbage. Humans have about 9000 and cats have 473 which might explain feline finickiness. 🙂
All from first class cabins, two Pomeranians and a Pekingese. Guess it pays to be a lap dog.
Frequency is measured in Hertz…the higher the Hertz, the higher-pitched the sound. Dogs hear best at 8,000 Hz, while humans hear best at around 2,000 Hz. [Sam’s mom: This of course does not explain why Sam seemingly doesn’t hear some commands…can anyone explain that other than he’s either stubborn or stupid?
Dogs have 18 muscles controlling their ears (cats have 32, humans have only 6) [Sam: So how come mom can hear me licking my leg in the dead of night when she’s asleep if she only has 6?! I just don’t understand.
A plaque commemorating those 2 rascals is in the park area next to the Transamerica Pyramid. This bonded pair were allowed to roam free by local law enforcement and their escapades as rat-catchers and petty thieves were featured in cartoons and newspaper stories. [Source: Encyclopedia of San Francisco]
Chihuahuas are the only breed born with an incomplete skull. The soft spot known as a molera in dogs (for us uprights, it’s called the fontenel) isn’t a defect; it’s a normal adaptation for easing passage through the birth canal. Like human babies, care must be taken the first six months to avoid injury as it develops.
True! Freud believed Jo-Fi, a Chow, would move closer to patients as they become less stressed.
This was a trick question because I’m a pill of a dog. 🙂 Napoleon never owned dogs, in fact hated them even when a Newfoundland saved him from drowning.
Sam here. Ever notice how we 4-legged fur-iends manage to park our furs smack dab in the middle of the smallest room of the house and give you the “why do you have to keep stepping over or around me” look? Wanna to fix breakfast? Yeah, go around me-you’re not getting into the Frig while I’m hanging out here in front of it (may I suggest dry cereal or toast instead of eggs) and don’t even think about trying to load or empty the dishwasher. Our kitchen was never intended for a dog to hang out in…that’s for sure. Owning it like a rock star, right?
It’s a scientific fact that us dogs will hang out directly under our uprights just to make life more interesting. Trust me, it’s a rule and is also in the Dog Trivia Handbook.
Where do you hang out to make life more ‘interesting’ for your upright? Bonus points if it’s in between their feet or legs.
Sam here. It may be the Ides of March today on the calendar and while I know it’s been a while since our last one, but we thought it might be fun to do another Tuesday Trivia post today. So we searched sniffed around and found some really interesting facts. Think you know the names of some famous (and infamous) dogs? All righty then, let’s get started!
What was the name of the dog in The Adventures of Tintin?
What was the name of Stephen King’s rabid eponymous St. Bernard?
What was the name of Bill Sikes,’ Bull Terrier (from the classic, Oliver Twist)?
What was the name of the dog in both novel and movie The Call of the Wild?
In Greek Mythology, what is the distinguishing factor of the dog, Cerberus?
What was the name of the dog who found the FIFA World Cup Jules Rimet trophy after it was stolen in 1966?
What was the name of King Arthur’s favorite hunting dog reported to have left a permanent footprint in the rock while pursuing the boar Troynt ?
What was the name of Odysseus’ faithful hound in Homer’s book, The Odyssey?
What is the name of Mrs. Pumphrey’s Pekingese in the James Herriot’s vet stories?
What is the name of the Bulldog in the Tom and Jerry cartoons – bonus point for naming his baby son?
What was the name of the dog in the Punch and Judy shows?
What are the names of Farmer Maggot’s 3 guard dogs in Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings?
Some of these were kind of tough, how well did you do?
Live, love, bark! ❤
Answers: (1) Snowy; (2) Cujo; (3) Bulls Eye; (4) Buck; (5) He was a 3-headed guard dog to the gates of Hades; (6) Pickles; (7) Cavall (or Cafall or Caball); (8) Argos; (9) Tricki Woo; (10) Spike (and Tyke; (11) Toby the Dog; (12) Fang, Grip and Wolf