Greetings from Minnesota. It was a rainy afternoon and evening here, probably high 50’s. This made for a wet, cold Lisa by the end of nightly chores.
I’ve got a few things to share tonight, one with more long-term significance than the other, but both are interesting. I promise!
Below is a picture of our dog Calvin. My running partner and our farm companion, he has quickly molded into our lives (and hearts) these past few months. After the sad loss of our bulldog Wellington, it has proven to be a true blessing to give a home and a fresh start to a dog in need.
I think God knew we needed him, and he needed us. The question we always get is, “what is he?”
We were never really sure, but our best guess was some sort of shepherd mixed with American Staffordshire terrier.
My mother-in-law was more curious than anyone, and she has a brother-in-law who happens to be a small animal vet.
At his veterinary practice, one of the things he now offers is breed analysis based on a blood sample. Tests are run to look for different markers that can identify everything from a purebred up to 8 different great-grandparent breeds.
I’ll leave you in suspense for a moment, but if you stay with me to the end of the post I’ll tell you what he is. 🙂
First, I want to show you some unlikely views.
It’s definitely not everyday we have a giant payloader behind our grazing cows or a wall being taken out of the end of the barn.
We’re currently building an addition to our first barn, so we’ll be dealing with construction stuff for some time this summer.
I’m always amazed by how fast it comes together though. Early last month we’d hardly started moving dirt because it was so wet, and now we’ve got rafters up!
Okay, no more suspense about Calvin. I’ll give you the details we got:
-Parent 1 = half English Bulldog, half Dalmatian
That seemed like a truly odd combination to me, but apparently “Bullmatians” are a designer breed that’s starting to gain in popularity.
-Parent 2 = Lab mix
But there’s more to it than that. One grandparent was a Labrador and the other is a mixed breed made up of (but not limited too) Miniature Pinscher, Sheltie, Japanese Spitz, American Staffordshire Terrier, and Pug.
That’s a lot if breeds for one little dog!
Now that we know, I’ve got to agree it makes some sense. It also amazing how much more you can see if you know what traits or features you should be looking for.
If you run with a dog, what breed(s)?