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DOG. A well known domestic animal. In almost all languages this word is, a term or name of contumely or reproach. See 3 Bulst. 226; 2 Mod. 260; 1 Leo. 148; and the title action on the case for defamation in the Digests; Minsheu's Dictionary.
     2. A dog is said at common law to have no intrinsic value, and he cannot therefore be the subject of larceny. 4 Bl. Com. 236; 8 Serg. & Rawle, 571. But the owner has such property in him, that he may maintain trespass for an injury to his dog; "for a man may have property in some things which are of so base nature that no felony can be committed of them, as of a bloodhound or mastiff." 12 H. VIII. 3; 18 H. VIII. 2; 7 Co. 18 a; Com. Dig. Biens, F; 2 Bl. Com. 397; Bac. Ab. Trover, D; F. N. B. 86; Bro. Trespass, pl. 407 Hob. 283; Cro. Eliz. 125; Cro. Jac. 463 2 Bl. Rep.
     3. Dogs, if dangerous animals, may lawfully be killed, when their ferocity is known to their owner, or in self-defence 13 John. R. 312; 10 John. R. 365; and when bitten by a rabid animal, a dog may be lawfully killed by any one. 13 John. R. 312.
     4. When a dog, in consequence of his vicious habits, becomes a common nuisance, the owner may be indicted. And when he commits an injury, if the owner had a knowledge of his mischievous propensity, he is liable to an action on the case. Bull. N. P. 77; 2 Str. 1264; Lord Raym. 110. 1 B. & A. 620; 4 Camp. R. 198; 2 Esp. R. 482; 4 Cowen, 351; 6 S. & R. 36; Addis. R. 215; 1 Scam. 492 23 Wend 354; 17 Wend. 496; 4 Dev. & Batt. 146.
     5. A man has a right to keep a dog to guard his premises, but not to put him at the entrance of his house, because a person coming there on lawful business may be injured by him, and this, though there may be another entrance to the house. 4 C. & P. 297; 6 C. & P. 1. But if a dog be chained, and a visitor so incautiously go near him that he is bitten, he has no right of action against the owner. 3 Chit. Bl. 154, n. 7. Vide Animal; Knowledge; Scienter.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Aled Davies got a penalty back for Whitland with 10 minutes to go only for Keys to finish the stronger of two dog-tired teams.
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'The last thing we need at the moment is a dog-tired Blair,' said Mr Blunkett.
Sharon Washington is equally successful as Beverly, a social butterfly stewing in sensuality; and as Kyle, an androgynous mortician's assistant, dog-tired from taking care of her ailing mother: Same goes for Antoinette LaVecchia, nailing a self-effacing upper-middle-class New Yorker and a talkative, heavily accessorized Latina on her way to study in Paris.
But now that school's started, you wake up dog-tired and drag all morning.
Most lasted only an hour or so before getting, uh, dog-tired. Over the six-hour period, new pooches of all kinds arrived for what may have been their first public swim.
As for a friendly "good day", I am usually all for this, but unfortunately after the intimidating and aggravating affect of a dog "'invading my space" my adrenaline is flowing and, like most people when feeling threatened, I am in a heightened state of trepidation - not in the mood to say "hello" - apart from the fact that I'm often dog-tired (in more ways than one).
Despite feeling ruff and dog-tired after having the wound dressed and a tetanus jab, my visit to the police threw up the amusing and very surreal prospect of picking the guilty sheepdog out of a canine identity parade.
Talking to the jockeys and from my own observations, it is apparent that both the horses, and more importantly, the riders, are respecting these jumps more than the traditional hurdles, resulting in fewer occasions on which dog-tired horses are seen to step on or grab at the final flight.
There are plenty of days that we find ourselves dog-tired of everybody we know.