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Match the Cat Quote With the Famous Person

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Like Democrat versus Republican, Mac versus PC and Lennon versus McCartney, cats versus dogs is one of those subjects where opinions are split so passionately that you could almost never imagine yourself being friends with someone on the other side of the divide. While dog owners point to the loyalty and passionate (if sloppy) love of their beloved canines, cat owners prefer felines for their calm, grace and perpetual sangfroid. The artists and thinkers below incline feline, as you can see from their quotes about cats. Your challenge is to match the quote with the artist: 

 

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Take Our Quiz to Identify the Animal Stars of Some Christmas Cinema Classics

Beware of spoilers.

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In NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION, Clark Griswold’s “best Christmas ever” goes up against — among other disasters — his cousin Eddie’s Rottweiler. The dog drinks the water from the Christmas tree, which subsequently catches fire, and causes mayhem while chasing a squirrel. Only Cousin Eddie could have come up with such a name for a Rottie. What was it?

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Ever notice when watching IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE that Uncle Billy’s pet raven is always there when George receives the worst news or is at his lowest point? What was the raven’s name?

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True fans of THE SIMPSONS can look back to the animated series’ first episode in 1989 — a Christmas special — to learn the origin story of the family’s dog, Santa’s Little Helper. Doing so reveals what breed he is. Can you name the breed without digging out your VHS tapes? (Or … ahem … without looking at the photo above …)

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While the neighbors’ dogs in A CHRISTMAS STORY went unnamed (OK, so the father had some choice names for them), their actions — specifically eating the Christmas turkey — resulted in the Parker family’s unforgettable goose dinner in a Chinese restaurant. Who were the neighbors who owned the dogs?

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No one can forget Cindy Lou Who, just as no one can forget the Grinch’s trusty companion in HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, but can anyone recall the pup’s name?

Answers: 1. Snot | 2. Jimmy. The animal actor who played him appeared in more than 1,000 feature films from the 1930s to the 1950s. | 3. Greyhound. Homer tries betting his earnings at the track to make money for Christmas presents. Instead of placing his bet on the sure money-winner, he takes Santa’s Little Helper’s name as a sign. SLH finishes dead last, is booted out in the cold by his owner, and Homer and Bart recognize him for the Simpson he turns out to be.| 4. The Bumpus family | 5. Max

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Identify These Royal Pets Throughout the Ages

See what you know about the pets of kings, queens, princes and princesses.

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UPON LEARNING of the passing of Queen Elizabeth’s last Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Willow, in April, it got us thinking about other royal pets. That is, pets OF ROYALTY, not pets that are treated like royalty, which, we’d venture to guess, is any pet within sight of a copy of PETS+. See what you know about the pets of kings, queens, princes and princesses.

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Some of Queen Victoria’s favorite pets were captured in a painting: Dash, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lory, a parrot, Nero, a Greyhound and Hector, a Deerhound. Who was the artist? (Hint, his name is synonymous with pet paintings.)

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The man who gave the last mistress of Louis XV a parrot — which was famous for swearing and making ribald remarks — was presented with a knighthood for his gift. Who was the mistress?

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Known as the royal dog of this country, this breed is one of the oldest living breeds with carvings appearing in Sumerian tombs as far back at 7,000 years ago. What’s the breed?

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This breed of dog reportedly saved the life of William, Prince of Orange (Holland) from an assassination attempt in 1572. What’s the breed?

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According to Wikileaks cables, the dog of the prince who would become king of this country held the rank of Air Chief Marshal. What’s the country?

Answers: 1. Sir Edwin Landseer; 2. Madame du Barry; 3. Saluki; 4. Thailand; 5. Pug;

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Brush Up On Your Presidential Pets in Our Quiz

Hail to the First Canines.

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AN ITEM on the current petless White House in last month’s Know It All section and it being the month of Presidents Day (Feb. 19) inspired us to come up with this quiz on presidents and their pets. While we all know Richard Nixon’s cocker spaniel Checkers from his speech, and we may recall Socks (Bill Clinton’s cat), Millie (George W. Bush’s springer spaniel who authored a book), and Bo and Sunny (Barack Obama’s Portuguese water dogs), we’ve bet you never knew about Mr. Reciprocity, Him or the very first Siamese cat in the U.S. (And if you’re wondering, Theodore Roosevelt had more pets than any other president.) Draw a line between the president and the type of pet, and for bonus points, to the name of that pet.

 

ANSWERS: …George Washington, greyhound, Cornwallis | Thomas Jefferson, mockingbird, Dick | Andrew Jackson, parrot, Polly | Abraham Lincoln, turkey, Jack | Rutherford B. Hayes, Siamese cat, Siam | Benjamin Harrison, opossum, Mr. Reciprocity | Theodore Roosevelt, rat, Jonathan | Calvin Coolidge, raccoon, Rebecca | John F. Kennedy, canary, Robin | Lyndon B. Johnson, beagle, Him. 

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