"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog."

Among the assorted luminaries given credit for that observation: Mark Twain, Dwight D. Eisenhower and Paul "Bear" Bryant.

And among the assorted stray dogs wreaking havoc in Phoenix, Ariz., are chihuahuas.

As Phoenix's KSAZ-TV recently reported:

"Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says packs of chihuahuas are roaming the streets, and some people in the area aren't happy about it."

One of those people unhappy about the rampaging canine runts is Ray Rios, a resident of the West Phoenix neighborhood of Maryvale. He told KSAZ:

"A lot of them, they are out here chasing kids or going yard to yard, anywhere in groups of eight to twelve just running around."

The spunky little rascals are even running with - and in some cases leading - packs of much larger dogs.

And while the notion of a tiny chihuahua striking fear in the hearts of even child-sized humans might sound funny, many of the folks who have to put up with their aggressive - and loud - misconduct are not amused.

Fortunately, animal control officers in the Lowcountry haven't let chihuahuas get the upper hand - or is it paw? - on them.

Yet. And despite the big trouble being caused by those little dogs in Phoenix, chihuahuas really can make fine pets.

So can plenty of the other breeds, and mixed breeds, of dogs and cats at our tri-county animal shelters, including the Charleston Animal Society and Pet Helpers.

So don't let little dogs give you a big scare.

And if you've got the commitment necessary to be a responsible pet owner, give dogs of any size a good home.

Just don't let them run in packs.