– Charles Lamb
During the holiday season, people sent me pictures of their dogs, stories about their dogs and questions about their dogs, including this one: Like people, can dogs be right- or left-handed?
“You should write about that,” a reader suggested, “because I don’t know the answer.”
Well, I didn’t either, but I reviewed the research into this puzzling issue of our times and found that … yes, some pets favor their right paws and some their left.
According to the Washington Post archives, a 2006 study from the University of Manchester in England showed dogs are about half “right pawed” and half “left pawed.”
A 1991 study in Turkey showed cats had about the same even split.
How do you tell?
• If your dog “shakes hands,” which paw does it offer most often?
• Put something sticky (they suggest peanut butter) on a dog or cat’s nose. Which paw removes it?
• Put a treat just beyond reach under a sofa. Which paw does it use to get it?
OBSERVATIONS: Bill Wood says you know we’re in trouble when:
• You can get arrested for expired tags on your car but not for being in the country illegally.
• Your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more of our money.
• The Supreme Court of the United States can rule that lower courts cannot display the 10 Commandments in their courtroom, while sitting in front of a display of the 10 Commandments.
YOUR MAIL: Ernest and Martha Odum, of Evans, sent a postcard from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn., from a First Baptist Seniors Group visit. Penny and Chuck Ballas were in New York, which they say is a “glorious” place to be this time of year. They say they got to visit a great-grandchild, too.
TODAY’S JOKE: One last seasonal joke from Billy Cooper, of North Augusta.
On Christmas Eve, Nathan thought it would be nice to buy his wife a little gift for the next day. Always short of money, he thought long and hard about what that present might be.
Unable to decide, Nathan entered a department store and in the cosmetics section he asked the girl, “How about some perfume?” She showed him a bottle costing $150.
“Too expensive,” he said.
The young lady returned with a smaller bottle for $50.
“Oh dear,” he groused, “Still far too much.”
Growing rather annoyed, the girl brought out a tiny $10 bottle and offered it to him. Nathan became really agitated.
“What I mean,” he whined, “is I’d like to see something really cheap.”
So the sales girl handed him a mirror.