Because the Big Guy and I thought it would be interesting and because I had a coupon from PetSmart, we decided to send a sample of Bess’s DNA to Wisdom Panel… y’know just for hoots & giggles.
Then! Because my experience with my family and friends has been nothing short of slapstick and hilarious, I thought it would be wonderful to hold a contest. And Bess rhymes with guess – a sign, no?
So I sent out a group email with the rules, (pick the top 3 breeds in her family tree), a picture of Bess, and the cut-off date. The winner would receive a $25 gift certificate to the Humane Society or Animal Welfare League of their choice. I would answer any and all questions pertaining to her behavior, physical attributes, and temperament. But a reminder… she’s only been with us a few short weeks.
The feedback was immediate and positive. How much does she weigh? How tall is she? Can you send a picture of her muzzle? Animal Farm Foundation‘s mission is to educate people- teaching them that all dogs are individuals. So it was exciting for me to have these specific questions.
At this point in time, these are the some of the guesses: Boston Terrier, American Staffordshire, Dalmation, Bulldog, Boxer, and… Holstein. (Did I mention my family/friends could also be smart-asses?)
I’ll post the results when I get them. But for now? Bess is a certified ‘cuddle bug’ beside me at night on the couch. She’s learned to play with toys… at first she just emptied out the box. Now, she picks something and plays with it. She’s learned her name. She snorts like a pig.