Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The Big Canine Reveal

And now, the moment you all have been waiting for...
You may not have even known it,
but you have been waiting to hear this!

A few weeks back I wrote about a holiday contest that
we had amongst our family....
to correctly guess the breeds of our two mutts, Sam and Oakley,
and also that of Dr. Becky's dog Monty.

We had each dog genetically tested.
Each of our family members entered their guesses for each dog
with a $5 entry fee per guess.
If any of us guessed the correct breeds for a particular dog,
we would win that money.

Most of us thought that Oakley was a lab/ pit bull/ boxer mix.

NOT SO!!!!

Surprise!!!

Oakley is a "designer" breed..
A Spanador

OR

A labrador/cocker spaniel mix.

Are you surprised??
We sure were.

Then, there is Sam.

Sam was listed as a Lab mix in the shelter he came from.
We were sure he was part Viszla, some thought part
Weimaraner, some thought perhaps part beagle.

Well, Sam is a true mutt.
He is beagle/poodle/chow/rottweiler mix!
That explains so much.
Like....
why he runs through the woods and hunts,
why he jumps,
why he growls like a ferocious dog when he plays,
etc.

Now Monty, we thought was either retriever or setter...

As it turns out,
Monty is half golden retriever and half flat coated retriever.

Unfortunately, no one won the pot of money we collected,
so....
the money will be given to our local animal shelter.

It was great fun to learn about our friends' backgrounds.
If only we knew more about the lives they lived
before joining us here at Bee Haven Acres....
but I guess that doesn't much matter now....
what really matters is that all of these loving mutts live
happy lives now.

10 comments:

  1. That is so interesting to find out about your dogs. When we adopted our dog Harley, we were told she's a border collie mix. It didn't take long for us to decide that there's no way she has any border collie in her. We're guessing she's part lab, but other than that we have no idea. I might have to check into this genetic testing...

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  2. What fun it must have been to be in on the guessing.

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  3. AHHH, not only happy lives but so loved lives! Isn't it so true it doesn't matter the cover of the book it what the pages hold.

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  4. More than anything, I'm fascinated by the different breeds of all dogs. Scientists say all dogs descended from wolves--the diversity is amazing.

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  5. That was fun..Oakley was a big surprise!!!

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  6. That was great! It's so much fun to find out what breed those pups really are. We would do the same with ours, but it really wouldn't change anything. They're hairy, drooly, and full of love no matter what they're made of.

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  7. Yep, nothing could compare with the 'dogs life' they lead now!!!

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  8. What a fun idea. I’ve seen those genetic testing ads for dogs and thought about doing that with my Shep. Glad to hear it worked for you. Love that you’re giving to the animal shelter too :)

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  9. How fun! Hot diggity dog! Had I entered, I would have gotten Monty's breeds correct! Okay, so it is only because I recently fostered a dog with those two breeds... With all the fosters and family pets that come through my doors I never thought to get a DNA test done. Although our current family dogs are rescues, they are both "purebreds." Now, as for all the cats, there is no telling! Despite what breeds any of them are, they are well loved. I think it is awesome that you are giving the funds to an animal shelter.

    ~ Tracy

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  10. WowHo!!! you have a pack of "Heinz 57's" and an adorable pack at that!
    I applaud you you for donating the 'prize $$' to the local animal rescue...and I know there is a lot of homeless furbabies that will appreicate it too!
    Hugz to you all.
    p.s., can I send ya some snow? we have plenty to share! lol!
    >^..^<

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