Lifestyle & Belief

Dog lovers, don't worry


Eli, a Chihuahua from the Upper West Side of Manhattan.


Michael Nagle

Some things in life are just worth fighting for. Maybe your cause is gay rights or whaling. Maybe its nuclear power.

How about: which is better, dogs or cats? Does that get you fired up? 

The age-old debate has again been revived by this week's celebration of International Cat Day — a holiday to which dog lovers everywhere react with a mixture of jealousy and dismay.  

Well don't worry, dog lovers, your day is on its way. It's Aug. 26, to be exact. That's when you'll get to see doggy gifs like this: 

dog gif

And this:

And this:

And we will run those gifs again, rest assured. But today we want to do what any respectable news organization would do right after International Cat Day, and that's to report the other side of the story. 

Aug. 8 was all about the Top 10 countries with the largest pet cat populations. Today, we give you the Top 10 countries with the largest pet dog populations.

Dog lovers, eat your heart out:

1) United States — 61.1 million

Eli, a Chihuahua from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. (Michael Nagle/Getty Images)

2) Brazil — 30.1 million

A little dog awaits to be served its lunch at a dog restaurant called "Pet Delicia" in Rio de Janeiro. (Vanderlei Almeida/AFP/Getty Images)

3) China — 22.9 million

Beijing. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

4) Japan — 9.65 million

Chocolate, a miniature daschund, receives acupuncture therapy in Toko. (Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

5) Russia — 9.6 million
Even Putin gets a little love in Moscow. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AFP/Getty Images)

6) South Africa — 9.1 million

Soweto neighborhood in Johannesburg. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)

7) France — 8.1 million

Bouboule, an English bulldog, rests in its hotel room in Vincennes, France. (Franck  Prevel/Getty Images)

8) Italy — 7.6 million

Venice. (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)


9) Poland — 7.52 million

A woman and her chow chow Bruno at a pet cemetary in Nowy Konik, near Warsaw. (Wojtek Radwanski/AFP/Getty Images)


10) Thailand — 6.9 million

Thai residents salvage their pet dog and various belongings as floods hit Pathum Thani province, suburban Bangkok. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)

But really, why can't we all just get along?