Episode 20: Do Dogs Really Eat Homework?

By Ryan Tronier

Whether it's actually an excuse for school children across the U.S. or simply a tired go-to gag for comedy writers, you'd be hard-pressed to find someone who hasn't uttered "the dog ate my homework" at one time or another. But where does this phrase come from?

Hosts of the Cuteness Pawdcast, Renee Colvert and Allegra Ringo, dig through the internet to uncover the origin story of this occasionally hilarious excuse that's deployed when not only did we forget to do our homework, but we also didn't bother to concoct a decent reason for ignoring a deadline.

And while homework, or rather not doing homework, is hot on our minds, we go back in time to reminisce about the pivotal pet-themed reading assignments from school. From tear-jerkers like "Where The Red Fern Grows" to classroom favorites like "Rin Tin Tin," we review the most influential page-turners ever read.

In the extra credit segment of the show, we meet a few teachers' pets who have taught themselves how to do unique things like using a human toilet, riding a skateboard, and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Sit, stay, and press play — it's the Cuteness Pawdcast with Renee and Allegra!

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