Sunday, December 09, 2007

Doggie DNA

Somebody in Davis, California is making money. Probably a couple of UC Davis veterinary students or maybe a vet professor who realized what an easy profit this would be. You see, we just sent in some epithelial cells from Libbie's cheek to have her DNA tested so we could find out what kind of a mutt she is. I'm rolling my eyes and shaking my head as I write. You can check out the program at the Canine Heritage website.

What mutt owner isn't curious about the family history of their dog? It amazes me that now you can pay $80, swab your dog's cheek, and in four to six weeks know beyond a shadow of a doubt what kind of dog is laying on your sofa and pooping in your yard. No more, "Her ears look like a German Shepherd but her tail looks like a Pug..." In Libbie's case, we'll be able to find out how close the person was who identified her as a Border Collie/Lab mix. It seems as if any dog who is black with white on it's chest/feet/neck/face is called a Border Collie mix of some sort, and if the hair is short all over, then it ends up being a Lab mix. Lots of people have told us that Libbie must have some Basenji in her (her curly tail, howl, scent/sight houndish-ness, and the placement of white on the tip of her tail seem to give her away), but we'll find out for sure in a few weeks.

When you get your dog's DNA test back, it comes with a list of what breed is dominant in her and which breeds make up the minority of her DNA. It's all on a very official looking certificate including a photo of your dog. I just sent in this photo of Libbie today, and it will appear on her DNA certificate.

Here are a few more photos that I'm having printed to include in Christmas cards to Libbie's two prison handlers who claim in their journals to REALLY love this dog.

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