A bit off topic today, but I get lots of questions about the dogs when I post them on Instagram (follow me! I'm r0ssie_fmq), so I thought I would take a moment to introduce them to you properly. Also, we had DNA tests done and I think they are so fun that I want to share!
Jon and I have two dogs.
Two big dogs.
Jon and I have two dogs.
Two big dogs.
When I met Jon he already had Hobbes, having adopted him adopted Hobbes from the Humane Society a few months before we met. Hobbes almost aways has one ear up.
This is his name in sign language.
Jon and I don't actually speak sign language, we just find it useful to be able to talk about the dogs in gestures, saying such things as "Look at Hobbes!" or "I'm going to take Vin for a walk." without the dogs realizing that we're talking about them.
Hobbes is named after the tiger in Calvin and Hobbes. He's very dedicated to his main man, Jon. And is generally very sweet, with very knowing eyes, and a fair amount of young-dog exuberance.
And a few months after we met, Jon added Vin to his little home! This is what she looked like the day he brought her home.
Vin came from a shelter down in Arkansas, up to Michigan for a big adoption event. We scooped her up at the same Humane Society Hobbes came from. When we brought Hobbes in to say "hi" to Vin and make sure he'd tolerate her okay, so many of the workers and volunteers recognized Hobbes and were so excited to see him again! It was like walking a celebrity through the building.
Because Vin came from Arkansas, I wanted to name her "Little Rock," but Jon decided on Vin because it's almost like Calvin (which goes with Hobbes) and because of the female protagonist from the Mistborn series of books (really good fantasy) who is a street urchin at the beginning of the story, but ends up having an epic life!
Vin and Hobbes get a long really well. Mostly because Hobbes was very tolerant of little puppy antics
And is very tolerant of big puppy antics
Vin is a leggy thing. Her sign language name is made by hanging your fingers down and "twinkling" them.
This makes more sense if you watch a video of Vin in motion. She's just so light-footed.
Now, I don't know if you've ever had a mixed breed dog, but part of the fun is looking at them and guessing about what breeds they might be made up of. So, let's give you our contenders.
In this corner, we have Hobbes.
Aged 3 years and standing 22" at the shoulder. Hobbes weighs 67 pounds, and is well-muscled throughout his body. The Humane Society had him listed as a German Shepherd mix, but they found him as a stray, so this is just a guess. I mean, how do you explain the short brindle coat? And while you might want to say pit bull, he really doesn't have the right face or rear end to match that breed. What could Hobbes be?
In this corner lies Vin.
pointers we know. And her coat, which fades from black to liver might also fit that breed. The Humane Society had her listed as a border collie/labrador retreiver (we're not sure when/how that was determined), but I used to have a border collie (and any number of family members have had border collie mixes) and behavior-wise, Vin isn't a border collie (doesn't have a drive to work, not sensitive to motion, never crouches or creeps). She's also not very goofy or sloppy, so how can she possibly be a labrador retriever?
A couple of cheek swabs each and a little money changing hands and we got their DNA results!
Hobbes the wonder dog is....
Hobbes the wonder dog who we thought was a lab/pit bull has neither lab nor pit bull in him, but is instead, half German Shepherd, several doses of Mastiff, and a lot of other things!
Vin the bundle of joy is...
Vin's results made us laugh at how we had missed the fact that she's part Doberman! I mean, obviously! The legs and the pretty posture! And the day we got these results, which do assert that she's part border collie, she did the border collie creep for the first time as I was walking her into pressure (straight at another dog).
You can get a Dog DNA test on Amazon. The results are fun and definitely a topic of conversation around here. We did the Wisdom Panel Mixed Breed DNA Test Kit Which was $80 per dog.
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