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Dog Killers Convicted For Murdering Navy Seal Hero’s Beloved Companion

Marcus Luttrell, a highly decorated Navy Seal and author of “Lone Survivor,” is still hurting three years after the murder of his beloved Yellow Labrador, DASY, by a group of thugs in Texas.

Today, Luttrell has received some measure of closure, as two of the perpetrators who shot and killed his beloved companion have been sentenced to prison time.

Luttrell, a true American hero who was the lone survivor from his fire team after an insurgent attack in Afghanistan, took the stand Thursday in the “cruelty to non-livestock animals trial” of Alfonso Hernandez, one of the two accused in the case.

Hernandez was found guilty of a state felony by a Walker County jury.

Marcus Luttrell

Another suspect, Michael Edmonds, pleaded guilty to the same state charge two days prior and admitted he was the one who fired the shot that killed DASY.

The night of the killing in April of 2009, Luttrell said he “heard a single gunshot, grabbed his pistol and ran next door to his mother’s residence to check on her. He then made his way down to the roadway, crawled underneath a fence and saw DASY had been shot.”

“I saw my dog in a ditch and two men standing outside the car,” Luttrell said, with his new service dog by his side on the stand. “I could hear them laughing.”

Law enforcement officers eventually caught up to the car with Luttrell’s help.

“I wanted to take a shot at the driver, but I figured if I missed and shot out the back window, I would not be able to catch them,” he added.

DASY given to Luttrell by friends to help him cope with the emotional and physical injuries he sustained while fighting in both the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters as a Navy Seal. She was by his side in Texas for four years.

Her name is an acronym of the initials of Luttrell’s team members who were killed in the firefight he described in “Lone Survivor.”

Edmonds and Hernandez, who was charged as an accomplice, will have to wait for a pre-sentence investigation to be conducted before a punishment is handed down, which is expected to take place in February, according to the Huntsville Item.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of up to two years in a state facility and a $10,000 fine.

Here is a clip from 2009 in which Glenn Beck interviews Luttrell, who tells the story of his beloved canine companion’s murder, including his gut-wrenching statement that “I consider that dog like a daughter to me:”

Video: Marcus Luttrell’s Dog Murdered by Punks in Texas (April 5, 2009) PART 1

Uploaded by che10967 on Apr 7, 2009

On April 5, 2009, four teenage males approached Luttrell’s property and fatally wounded his dog, Dasy, with a .357 Magnum revolver at approximately 1 A.M. Each letter of the name "Dasy" represents one of the fallen members of his team. She was given to him in recovery to help him through rehabilitation. Luttrell proceeded to track the individuals through four counties in his truck until Texas Rangers apprehended the individuals. Upon arrest, the suspects verbally threatened Luttrell’s life and taunted him. Alfonso Hernandez was arrested on-scene and charged with animal cruelty whilst Michael Edmonds has not yet been charged.

Today on Glenn Becks show, he had former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell on to talk about what happened to him last week. You see it seems some dumb-ass punks were driving the Texas countryside, summarily executing dogs.

Marcus chased these punks over four counties, and he nearly shot the driver. Finally the Rangers caught up with these punks in Huntsville, TX and the idiots in handcuffs were laughing about it. They said they would also kill Marcus. Do these douchebags not know about Marcus?

Dickhead Alfonso Hernandez was charged with Cruelty to Animals and is facing up to two years in prison, and dickhead #2, Michael Edmonds, is currently on the run.

Source:  The Blaze

Related: Teen Punks Murder American Hero’s Dog

Sample Comments:

  • What impresses me even more about this American hero is that he didn’t shoot them. He is a better man than I am for having the ability to restrain himself & not shoot them. Just an amazing man. He is the true definition of a man too. I wish him & his wife all the happiness they deserve.
  • BASTARDS
  • As another dog lover, that story of Marcus’s chase of those dog killers was beyond believe, when Glenn told it and played the 911 tapes etc.
    I wonder why it took so long to get justice for Dasy.
    It’s not like there was any question of what they had done. It’s too bad Marcus didn’t catch them before the law got them stopped. I’m sure he would have provided a little justice of his own, and very well deserved.

This article does not give the actual sentence, too bad. It seems killing dogs is going out of fashion since Vick was sent away, but now he’s an adored hero for throwing a football around for millions each year. I will never forget or forgive Vick.

  • These Bastards killed one of his friends, a family member of a man who served to keep us free… who were willing to give it all.  The dog herself served in her own way and these leaches, who only take, killed her. 
  • Whatever sentence they got was not enough… It never is.  Remember the gal who cooked her friend’s kitten alive? She face a 10-year Sentence. She only got 1-year.  These people virtually always go on to be serial abusers of spouses, children, other pets and animals and to some degree most people they encounter.

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TRUE FRIENDSHIP: WATCH HOW A DOG FETCHES HIS DEAF CANINE FRIEND

This could be the heartwarming video of the week.

Benson, a deaf black lab, can’t hear a whistle when his owner all him inside from the yard. His pal Buffy, however, can. So what does Buffy do? Buffy gently grabs Benson by the collar in order to show him when it’s time to go in.

Watch how Buffy is trained to do it here:

Video:  Buffy Fetches Benson, the Deaf Black Lab

We don’t know much about the duo, just what we’ve seen from the video and read on its YouTube description. If you do, let us know.

(H/T: HuffPo)

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Hank Hough and his Dog Prophet

Hank Hough (HH) is the founder of Kingdom Dog Ministries, a non-profit organization dedicated to spreading the positive message of Jesus Christ through the unique use of Labrador retrievers. Using dogs as a visual illustration, Hank blends humor with simple and timeless biblical truths to show how one can live an abundant life through Jesus Christ. Today, Hank demonstrates with his dog Prophet.

SSC: We’ve had many, many wonderful guests here at the Crystal Cathedral, some powerful, powerful preachers. And today, you’re going to get a chance to see and hear the gospel of Jesus Christ in a way you’ve probably never seen or heard it before.

Our guest today is Hank Hough and his amazing dog, we call him the Prophet. Hank has done this demonstration and given this message to thousands and thousands of people and is making a difference for the world through his Kingdom Dog Ministries. Please welcome Hank Hough and Prophet.

HH: Thank you. Thank you.

Well as she said I am Hank Hough and this dog is a black Labrador retriever. He’s four years old and he’s called the Prophet. His actual registered name is Joshua 24:15, “Choose you today whom you will serve.”

Can I tell you something about this dog? I called him by his name before he was ever born. I held him in the hands of my heart before he ever walked upon this earth. I knew that his job would be a missionary. Go find that which is fallen and bring it back to the master. And I had hoped that his purpose would be to show you the value of me, the master trainer. I wanted him to go and tell every puppy that ever existed in their language, do you not know who he is? Do you not understand the power he has to change your life to set you free? Isn’t that what Jesus Christ came and did for us? Jesus is real, and God is real and we’ve got to put Him in that place.

Let me tell you why I call him my missionary dog. Here Prophet. What’s his job? Here Prophet. Come on buddy. I want to warn you, I’m going to blow this whistle in couple of minutes. I blew it in a church the other day and 12 men stood up. Three of them said “play ball” and three said “don’t shoot” and the rest of us just said “honey I’ll be right there,” so I kind of want to let you all know what’s getting ready to happen here.

Why did I give this dog a name? I gave him a name so I could hold him accountable for what I ask him to do. That’s almost a new concept in America, isn’t it? I didn’t give him a name so he could make himself famous. I didn’t give him a name so he could put it on his t-shirt or make the Hollywood billboard. I gave him a name so I could hold him accountable for what I ask him to do. And why did I do that? Because the word of God says that each and every man, woman and child in this room will be held accountable before the Lord for the life you live. That day’s coming. That day is coming.

But I also gave him a name so that I could praise him for what he does right. You know what the ultimate praise is going to be for your name? It’ll be the day that you stand trembling before Jesus Christ, eyes down, and when Satan comes to claim those that are his, Jesus Christ may very well call you by name and say “he is Mine.” He will call your name out as one of His. That’s why you’ve got a name. That’s why we name our children. That’s why God named everything in the garden.

So what does that look like? You know who you are. I need to know if Prophet knows who he is because he’s going to go out into the world and the world’s going to try to lure him away. Billy, George, Bobby, Robert, Dr. Schuller. Just checking. President, King, Prophet dog. All right!

You aren’t holding on to what God gives you, are you? What’s more important than Prophet knowing who he is? Knowing who I am. Now why would it be more important for him to know who I am? What is the greatest of all the commandments? Love your children, right ladies? No. Love your mate? No. Love your business? No. It says “love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and soul.” It goes on to say “seek ye first the kingdom of God,” “you shall have no other gods before Me,” “be still and know that I am.” Why is it saying all that? Because think about it. How simple is this? He cannot love what he does not know. And you can’t either. You can tell me you don’t know if God’s real and I love you but you’re not spending much time in His word, are you.

Let me give you a good example. I can send this dog down that aisle and out that door. We can cross that parking lot. In Houston Texas, I can send him three and four hundred yards away from me. When I blow this whistle that dog will stop and look at me.

Now you won’t believe this or maybe you will, but invariably there are some free thinking dogs, some independent thinker that comes up to my dog and you know what he says? What are you doing? You’re 400 yards from him. He is not your master. You don’t have to do what he tells you to do. You don’t have to play by the rules. You don’t have to do your homework. Do you know why it doesn’t surprise me that that dog doesn’t know my commands? He’s not my dog.

The word of God says something that scared me to death. It said “those that are not of God cannot hear His word.” That should scare almost all of us to death. You see, I spent time in the word of God and didn’t understand it. I thumbed through the book, but my heart wasn’t in it, nor had I asked the spirit of God to come within me to interpret it for me because the good news is what? The good news is “My sheep will know My voice, and I will know them and they will follow Me.”

So let’s do this. You are all going to have to help me here now. I’m going to throw this pretty orange bumper right over there. I’m going to tell my dog not to get it. I want you to try to steal him from me. Say or do anything you want to do, you just can’t put it in his mouth. Okay? Don’t get this, son. It’ll ruin your life and all those you love. Disease, problems, pride, greed, self serving; got a lot of ugly stuff on it but everybody wants the orange bumper, don’t they? Heel back with me. Sit. All right, steal my dog. Come on help me out. Steal him. Make him go.

Wait a minute, wait a minute. Hey you’re not helping me at all and I’m going to tell you something, those kids that you’re trying to protect back at the house, you can’t protect your child and you can’t protect your dog. You don’t keep him from temptation, you teach him what to do when it comes because without temptation he doesn’t have choice and without choice he can’t tell you what? How much he loves me.

I want you to really try to steal my dog. You see, somebody else is going to run up to your kid and they’re going to say you coward, you sissy dog, you teacher’s pet, everybody’s getting orange bumpers. You’re the only one that’s not getting them. Try it one time, I won’t tell somebody. They’ll never know. Kind of ugly, isn’t it? A lot of truth to that, isn’t there?

You best put a foundation in your child, in your dog and in your own life. You see, we need to quit praying for God to make our children, ourselves and our country comfortable and safe. And we need to start praying that God will open up our hearts that we can hear the word of God because that’s what separates dogs from dogs and men from men and nations from nations.

I’m going to count to five, that’s all you’ve got. His name is what? See if you can steal this dog from me because the word of God says you cannot pluck, steal, take one of Mine from My hands. Go. Five, come on, three, two, one, zero. All right! You think there’s a trick to it? You think I stomped my foot, raised my hand or do you think he truly knows the sound of my voice. Prophet. Put it down.

Listen to me. I not only need you to know who you are, I not only need you to know who I am but I need you not to covet the orange bumper. I need you, listen to me, I need you to deny yourself and go in faith. No matter what the world tells you, I don’t care how pretty it is, you got to go in faith. Go to the cross! Go to the cross, my boy. What does Prophet dog have? (Prophet comes back with a large bone.) What are you trying to tell them? The real truth, isn’t he? God didn’t come to condemn us about the orange bumpers. He came to give us a more abundant life. Something you can chew on for an eternity. Thank you so much. Thank you.

SSC: Thank you Hank. Thank you. What a wonderful, wonderful presentation of God and His love for us. And I just wanted to say that Hank is just a duck hunter and I’m just a mother but God can use anybody, right? So thank you Hank.

HH: Thank you.

SSC: Thank you Prophet. God bless you.

HH: Thank you all. Thank you all.

This interview was conducted by Robert H. Schuller from the pulpit of the Crystal Cathedral and aired on the Hour of Power October 25, 2009. – Hour of Power 2009

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November 10, 2009 Posted by | animals, Just One More Pet, Pets, Unusual Stories, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Poop Eater – Do You Have This Problem?

(Discussion taken from my AARP Blog Pet Group)

Can anyone help? My adorable 2 year old, 11 lb Havamalt has a bad habit. She is pee-pee pad trained and if I am not around to pickup when she poops, she cleans up herself! I have tried everything from changing her food to using the special powder in her food, the pills sold for this problem and nothing works. I would appreciate any suggestions.

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Responses Back:

1.  Hi – I have a 14+ year old border terrier, Maggie, who I adopted when she was 12.  One of her bad habits was eating her poop. I learned to clean up after her like a shot – and eventually good nutrition virtually solved the problem, together with cleaning up after her.

Like some of you said, I loved her anyway.  One solution I have read about is that pineapple makes the feces taste bad to a dog (fed to the dog).  Anyone have experience with this or the pills available for this problem?  The individual writing in has a particular problem since defecation is allowed inside the house (not something I have ever done).

2.    Yes, a frustrating habit and you have the best advice from other posters.  One thing that I heard on television with Victoria Stillwell.  Feed pineapple with the dogs food. Then of course pick up ASAP.  Her claim was the dogs hate the smell in the stool and will not eat it.  Good luck, Judith and Maddie. 

3.  I appreciate your response. Since my dog is pee pee pad trained I cannot let her sleep at night anywhere but her crate because of this habit. I also pick-up immediately when she goes outside but sometimes I think she deliberately does not go so she can practice her bad habit in the house when I am not looking. She is fast and good at it. I love her anyway!!!

4.  My 4-year-old Lab does the same thing, and I have tried the powder and everything else… The fact is this… Dogs can smell every ingredient in anything…. that is if you have a pot of soup on the stove they can distinguish each ingredient in the soup by smell….sometimes  all of their food does not digest, and  they smell it in their feces, and yes will eat it if .. my vet told me this, and some eat it out of boredom.. and it is a very bad habit.. it is up to you to pick it up ASAP to keep him from eating it… It does not harm the Dog , its just disgusting more than anything… as soon as my Dog is done going, I am out there with a shovel…not a good place to be in the winter time

5.  Although none of our 4 dogs (Chihuahuas and Chiweenies) do it now, I was amazed when our Chihuahua had puppies at the efficiency and thoroughness with which she cleaned up after her birth mess, the puppies themselves and then after the puppies eliminations.  It is obviously a natural instinct.

Even though we live in the city, we live in an area backed up to a large open wilderness area where there are lots of wild animals: bunnies, squirrels, raccoons, possums, birds of all types, an occasional snake, lizards and coyotes.  I understand that before we lived here there was even a wolf citing.  And if we are not diligent all four of our pups will try and to eat the bunny droppings; obviously an attraction there…

 

Stool Eating (Coprophagy)

Q.
What are the causes and cures of stool eating?

A.
Coprophagy (pronounced kä – präf’ – je) comes from the Greek copro which means feces and phagy which means eat. And that is what it is – eating feces. A habit of dogs we all find disgusting, but as we say, dogs will be dogs. Some dogs especially like feces fromherbivores like rabbits, deer, and horses. Others love to raid the cat’s litter box. Still others only eat dog feces if it is frozen.

Why do dogs eat feces?

A lot of theories have been suggested as to why dogs eat feces. Are they missing something in their diet? Generally not.

Dogs who eat their feces usually do not have a dietary deficiency. Some medical problems, however, can contribute to coprophagy including severe disorders of the pancreas (pancreatic insufficiency) or intestine, severe malnutrition from massive parasiticinfestations, or starvation. These cases are rare.

Some dogs, especially those in kennel situations, may eat feces because they are anxious or stressed. One researcher suggests that dogs who have been punished by their owners for defecating inappropriately start to think any defecation is wrong, so they try to eliminate the evidence.

Another theory is that coprophagy is a trait passed down through the ages. Dogs’ cousins, the wolves and coyotes, may often eat feces if food is in short supply. Feces from herbivores (animals that eat plants for food) contain many of the B vitamins. Some researchers suggest that wolves (and some dogs) may eat feces to replenish their vitamin supply.

In some instances, coprophagy may be a behavior learned from watching other animals. It may also become a habit in the course of play and puppies having to try out the taste of everything.

There is a stage of life in which coprophagy is common and expected. Can you think of what it is? Bitches and queens normally eat the feces of their offspring. This is presumed to occur in an attempt to hide the presence of the litter from predators.

Finally, some dogs may eat feces just because it tastes good (to them).

How do we prevent coprophagia from occurring?

The best way to prevent the problem is to keep yards and kennels free of feces.

Some owners find it successful to use something to make the feces taste horrible. Products such as For-bid (for cats or dogs) and Drs. Foster and Smith Dis-Taste (for dogs) are added to the food of the animal whose feces are being eaten (it could be the food of the dog with coprophagy if he eats his own stool; or the food of the cat, if the dog with coprophagy eats the cat’s feces). The product is digested by the animal, and results in giving the feces a very bad taste. Some people try putting Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper (chili powder) on the feces (not the food!). Unfortunately, some dogs have acquired quite a taste for Tabasco. These methods work best if the behavior has just started. Once coprophagy has become a habit, it is very difficult to break.

Dogs should be on a leash when walking, so you have control over the dog in case a luscious pile of feces is found along the way. Sometimes, the only way to prevent coprophagy is to fit the dog with a wire muzzle. The dog will be able to sniff, pant, and do most things dogs do, but the dog will not be able to eat with the muzzle on. DO NOT LEAVE A MUZZLED DOG UNATTENDED.

Adding toys and other diversions to the environment may be helpful. We need to find something that is more fun for the dog than eating feces. A dog may find a Kong toy laced with peanut butter a better alternative. Also give the dog lots of exercise to help it ultimately relax.

In situations in which the behavior may be linked to stress, the cause of stress should be eliminated or at least reduced. In some instances of extreme anxiety, or if the behavior becomes obsessive-compulsive, medication may be necessary to try to break the cycle.

One researcher recommends checking the dog’s diet to make sure he is getting enough B vitamins and is not getting an excess of carbohydrates.

Some dogs will improve if they are fed more often, so you may want to increase the number of meals (but keep the total daily intake about the same).

There have been anecdotal reports that adding Prozyme to the diet may aid in eliminating this problem.

For dogs attracted to litter boxes, you may need to be quite creative. Using covered litter boxes and placing the opening towards a wall may help. Some people put the litter box up high. Others put the litter box in a closet and secure the closet door so that the opening is big enough for the cat but will not allow the dog to enter. Keep in mind that if we make the litter box too difficult to reach, the cat may not go to it either.

Above all, do not punish the dog for eating feces. This may reinforce the behavior. General work on obedience is sometimes helpful. If the dog knows what is expected of him and looks to you for cues, he may be less anxious and less likely to start or continue the behavior.

What are the health risks of coprophagy?

Many parasites can be transmitted through eating stool. Generally, herbivores have parasites specific to them; these parasites will not cause disease in carnivores. But dogs eating the feces of other dogs or cats can infect themselves repeatedly with parasites such as giardia, coccidia, and if the feces are around for 2-3 weeks or more, roundworms and whipworms. Such dogs should have regular fecal examinations and dewormings with the appropriate medications depending on the parasites found.

Summary

We are not sure why dogs eat their own feces or the feces of other animals. We do know that if a dog starts this behavior, the sooner we implement prevention measures, the better the chance of success.

Source:  Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc, Veterinary Services Department

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Many of yesterday’s Mutts are today’s Hybrid or Designer Dogs…

“He wa’n’t no common dog, he wa’n’t no mongrel; he was a composite. A composite dog is a dog that is made up of all the valuable qualities that’s in the dog breed — kind of a syndicate; and a mongrel is made up of all riffraff that’s left over.”  …Mark Twain

(Many of yesterday’s Mutts are today’s Hybrid or Designer Dogs…)

Doggie DNA Testing

Big Family

 

Unknown Mixed Breeds

Cheech and Duke

Through the marvels of DNA testing, some of the greatest mysteries of Mutt-dom are being revealed.

Dogs of vague or unrecognizable ancestry — whether fluffy white mongrels with Chihuahua ears and beagle-like voices or massive hounds that resemble nothing previously seen in nature — are being exposed for what they really are, genetically speaking.

DNA testing can disclose what breeds dominate their family trees. And thousands of people are happy to pay, about $60 to $170 depending on the method and company chosen, to end the what-do-you-suppose-he-is speculation of mixed-breed dog owners everywhere.

The first test was unveiled less than a year ago. Now, consumer interest is growing so fast that more companies are jumping into the doggie-identification business, websites are being enhanced, and additional breeds are being added to testing databases.

“Pure curiosity, getting the answer” is the reason most owners seek out the testing, says Neale Fretwell, head geneticist for Mars Veterinary, maker of the Wisdom Panel MX Mixed Breed Analysis. The analysis can determine which of 134 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club composes a dog’s genetic makeup.

And some of the answers are real stunners, not only for the owners but also for the veterinarians who have made their best guesses, Fretwell says.

The procedure requires an appointment with a veterinarian to draw a blood sample, and when analysis is completed in two or three weeks, a follow-up visit to discuss the findings. The pricing is set by individual veterinarians, $135 to $170.

Another reason owners go the testing route is to uncover possible explanations for behaviors that might be inherited, such as herding people and other pets or rooting around in chipmunk or mole holes.

Other owners want to know whether their dogs have a high proportion of a breed predisposed to a particular ailment or frailty, although experts caution that it’s impossible to know which traits, including propensity for disease or medical problems, a mongrel might inherit from any particular breed.

No one offering such tests suggests a mongrel assumes some sort of elevated status upon learning a purebred bloodhound or dachshund entered his ancestry generations ago.

Indeed, the companies celebrate the characteristics of mixed breeds, and some experts applaud “hybrid vigor,” the belief that mixing unrelated breeds can create a stronger, healthier dog than purebreds, which can pass on genetic conditions found in specific breeds.

Many clients are “very surprised” upon receiving word of what breeds populate their dog’s background, Fretwell says.

Meg Retinger, chief administrative officer of BioPet Vet Lab in Knoxville, Tenn., says: “Some people say, ‘That’s just exactly what I thought.’ “Others” have such preconceived notions about what their pet is they just won’t accept the results.”

In January, the lab began marketing its $59.95 DNA Breed Identification kit, which tests for 61 AKC breeds using cheek cells scraped by the owner.

But the signature appearance characteristics of a particular breed don’t always materialize, even when there’s a high proportion of that breed in a dog, Fretwell says.

A mongrel with a German shepherd parent or grandparent, for example, might not have the black and tan coloring, the saddle pattern on its back or even the long muzzle. Some could not show any shepherd characteristics.

Size, color and a host of physical features such as ear and muzzle shape and tail type are influenced by genetics, and when several breeds meld in one dog, it’s tough for even experts to eyeball a mutt and accurately assess what lies within.

Connie Steele of Colorado Springs learned that. This year she adopted a black-and-white dog that shelter personnel thought was mostly border collie and about 1½ years old. She soon discovered from her veterinarian that Ellie was still a puppy, probably less border collie than believed and almost certain to grow a lot more.

Steele had Ellie tested because, she jokes, she wanted “a bit of warning if I’m going to need to plan ahead for a larger house to accommodate a 2-year-old pony-sized dog.”

Upon receiving Ellie’s results, Steele did not begin house-shopping, though she was surprised by the breeds found in her background. Steele believes the information she now has about Ellie and also Kayla, another recently adopted shelter dog, offers clues about how to approach their training.

Most DNA tests show three or four different breeds in the mixed breeds’ ancestries, and many show five or six, experts say. Several more probably are in the mix, but the amounts have been so dissipated over the generations, they are merely weak traces, unlikely to influence a dog’s appearance or behavior.

And, yes, a few dogs comprise so many disparate breeds, the experts and their tests just can’t solve the puzzle.

“Even the best test can’t answer every question of biology,” says Dennis Fantin, chief of operations for MetaMorphix, a company in Beltsville, Md., that has done testing for the AKC for years. The company now offers a $119.95 mixed-breed cheek-swab kit. The Canine Heritage XL Breed Test can detect 108 breeds.

Sometimes, any pure DNA has become “so diluted” by encounters with mixed breeds over the generations that no answers emerge, Fantin says.

Their owners are told the mystery must remain.

From USA Today

Chorkies           &              Chiweenies

Designer Breeds

“My name is Oprah Winfrey. I have a talk show. I’m single. I have eight dogs — five golden retrievers, two black labs, and a mongrel. I have four years of college.”  …Oprah Winfrey, when asked to describe herself during jury selection

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Join Us At ‘Just One More… Pet’

…in the Fight Against Unnecessary Pet Euthanization By Finding Loving Homes for Unwanted and Abandoned Pets, by Adopting Just One More Pet and By Fighting Legislation That Restricts Pet Owners To Less Than a Combination of 4-Pets   

May 20, 2009 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, Just One More Pet, Pet Friendship and Love, Pet Health, pet products, Pets, responsible pet ownership, Stop Euthenization, We Are All God's Creatures | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment