Sunday, June 08, 2008

Her Muttness

Thanks so much to those of you who pledged money to Scott for the Walk for Life this weekend. We're now more convinced than ever that Life Network is a top-notch organization and we plan to walk again next year and every year after that. It was exciting to see the support of our community at the walk, including lots of food donated by Chick-Fil-A (Scott and the girls ate it despite our ban on unhappy food), coffee and iced tea donated by Starbucks, muffins donated by Mimi's, and back massages by our chiropractor, Dr. Kristen Kells from Freedom Chiropractic. Although I'm disappointed that we didn't reach our personal fundraising goal for the walk, I am a woman of my word. The walk is over, so here are the results of Libbie's breed composition analysis:

Primary: none
Secondary: Siberian Husky, Labrador Retriever
In the Mix: Chow Chow, English Coonhound

The primary category is for breeds that have a strong match with the dog. Most mixed breeds don't have a breed in this category unless one of the parents is a purebred. The secondary category reports breeds that are easily recognizable. The breeds listed there have a strong influence but make up less than the majority of Libbie's DNA. The third category, in the mix, is for the breeds that have the least amount of influence on Libbie's composition but still appear at low and measurable amounts in her DNA.

The Husky in Libbie is pretty clear from how she bolts when we let her off leash in an open area. Apparently that is typical of Huskies, and a desired trait for a sled dog. Some Huskies also have a curly tail like Libbie's. We can see the Lab in her coat and in her gentleness and patience with our kids (and all of their friends and classmates, too). She also responds well to training using food treats, like Labs do. Chows have curly tails like Libbie's, so she may get her tail there. She is also serious with strangers and protective of our house, which is typical of Chows. The Coonhound in Libbie could be responsible for her strong prey drive, although that can be seen in Huskies and Labs, too. She really will chase anything that moves, even if it's not an animal. Today we were rollerblading on the bike trail and passed some boys playing with a remote-controlled car. It took me telling her "leave it" about every five seconds as we passed to keep her from taking off after the car.

So, there you go. She's about as mutt-y as a mutt can be.

No comments: