Dog’s paw could mean he owns you or just likes you

The Arizona Republic - - News - Clay Thomp­son Colum­nist Ari­zona Re­pub­lic

To­day’s ques­tion:

I love dogs. I’ve al­ways had a dog. One of things dogs do is that when I come up to say hi to them they have to put a paw on my foot. Is that a pos­ses­sive­ness thing? Do all dogs do that? It seems to be a sort of com­mon thing, but the ex­pla­na­tions for this vary de­pend­ing on which ex­pert you ask.

Some say it is a sign of pos­ses­sive­ness.

The dog is claim­ing own­er­ship of you.

It’s true, dogs can be pos­ses­sive and pro­tec­tive, but that one doesn’t sound quite right to me.

It could be the dog is just ask­ing for your at­ten­tion or even more likely that the paw-on-the-foot thing is a sign of af­fec­tion. You like dogs and dogs like you. Be glad you have so many friends. I’m pretty sure my cat is left-pawed and not right-pawed. Big whoop.

Sev­eral stud­ies have found that about 40 per­cent of cats are left-pawed, 50 per­cent right and 10 per­cent am­bidex­trous. Has the tem­per­a­ture ever hit 100 de­grees in Phoenix in Novem­ber? The lat­est 100-de­gree day on record for Phoenix came just last year on Oct.

27. When was the na­tional an­them first played at the start of a base­ball game?

The an­them had been played to start games off and on since 1862.

How­ever, play­ing the an­them to start a game didn’t be­come a reg­u­lar thing un­til Sept. 5, 1918, the first game of the World Se­ries be­tween the Bos­ton Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, when it was the an­them of the Army and Navy.

It didn’t of­fi­cially be­come the na­tional an­them un­til 1931.

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