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Percentage of dogs that are overweight: 40

Percentage of dogs that are overweight: 40

Ratio of American children to American cats and dogs: 1:2

Ratio of American children to American cats and dogs: 1:2

Average number of hot dogs Americans eat in July: 1,000,000,000

Average number of hot dogs Americans eat in July: 1,000,000,000

Number of registered dogs in Los Angeles named Aaron Spelling: 1

Number of registered dogs in Los Angeles named Aaron Spelling: 1

Rank of Rover, Spot, and Max among most popular names for dogs: 1,2,3

Rank of Rover, Spot, and Max among most popular names for dogs: 1,2,3

Number of times mail carriers were bitten by dogs in 1985: 6,312

Number of times mail carriers were bitten by dogs in 1985: 6,312

Value of the narcotics that the U.S. Border Patrol’s 3,200 agents detected this year, per agent: $123,758

Value of the narcotics that the U.S. Border Patrol’s 3,200 agents detected this year, per agent: $123,758

Value of the narcotics that the Patrol’s 24 drug-sniffing dogs detected this year, per dog: $4,696,574

Value of the narcotics that the Patrol’s 24 drug-sniffing dogs detected this year, per dog: $4,696,574

Percentage of Americans who like dogs on TV commercials because they are “more exciting than people”: 23

Percentage of Americans who like dogs on TV commercials because they are “more exciting than people”: 23

Price of a gallon container of Canine Quencher, a bottled water for dogs: 99?

Price of a gallon container of Canine Quencher, a bottled water for dogs: 99?

Average number of mail carriers that are bitten by dogs each day: 9

Average number of mail carriers that are bitten by dogs each day: 9

Estimated number of American dogs that have been named as beneficiaries in wills: 1,000,000

Estimated number of American dogs that have been named as beneficiaries in wills: 1,000,000

Number of buffalo-meat hot dogs sold per baseball game at Atlanta’s Turner Field last summer: 2,350

Number of buffalo-meat hot dogs sold per baseball game at Atlanta’s Turner Field last summer: 2,350

Minimum number of insurgent attacks in Iraq since November 2003 using explosive-carrying dogs or donkeys: 6

Minimum number of insurgent attacks in Iraq since November 2003 using explosive-carrying dogs or donkeys: 6

Estimated amount spent in the United States each year to treat ACL injuries in dogs: $1,320,000,000

Estimated amount spent in the United States each year to treat ACL injuries in dogs: $1,320,000,000

Number of dogs that a California clinic trained to diagnose cancer by sniffing patients’ breath: 5

Number of dogs that a California clinic trained to diagnose cancer by sniffing patients’ breath: 5

Percentage of lung- and breast-cancer cases that they accurately detect, respectively: 99, 88

Percentage of lung- and breast-cancer cases that they accurately detect, respectively: 99, 88

Number of goats that Chattanooga, Tennessee, has rented to roam city land and clear kudzu: 12

Number of goats that Chattanooga, Tennessee, has rented to roam city land and clear kudzu: 12

Number of llamas it has had to rent to guard the goats from neighborhood dogs: 2

Number of llamas it has had to rent to guard the goats from neighborhood dogs: 2

Minimum number of Americans since January 2008 who have purchased stem-cell therapy for their dogs: 1,196

Minimum number of Americans since January 2008 who have purchased stem-cell therapy for their dogs: 1,196

Estimated number of stray dogs killed in Ukraine in preparation for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament: 27,000

Estimated number of stray dogs killed in Ukraine in preparation for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament: 27,000

Prairie dogs shot at the Top Dog World Championship Prairie Dog Shoot held in Nucla, Colorado, last July: 2,956

Prairie dogs shot at the Top Dog World Championship Prairie Dog Shoot held in Nucla, Colorado, last July: 2,956

Amount the city of Montreal will spend this year on a rest room for dogs in William Bowie Park: $34,000

Amount the city of Montreal will spend this year on a rest room for dogs in William Bowie Park: $34,000

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