After the Magical Mystery Mutt Tour, I was presented with an offer I couldn’t refuse. A dog breed DNA kit for free! I will admit, as the owner of a what-the-heck-is-she mutt, I’ve always been curious about this whole scientific method. But, as a die-hard skeptic, I’ve also always been, well, skeptical about the potential results. Hence, I’ve never been willing to fork out the cash.
I know others who have done so. Others who have received very odd results. Others who thought they owned Australian Shepherd mixes but were told they instead had a Rottweiler on their hands. Not that there is anything wrong with Rottweilers, I love them as much as I love all dogs. I may even own one some day. However, it doesn’t instill a lot of confidence in the DNA testing process.
I am not one to dispute science, but I am definitely one to dispute “estimated” science. I know as far as dog breed testing goes – when they guarantee results within a couple of weeks – it is up to the tester’s best guess. Furthermore, no dog breed testing company tests for more than sixty or seventy breeds. There are a lot more than that in the world. Sure, it’s rare, but what if my dog happens to be an Entelbucher? Even is she was pure-bred it wouldn’t show up as such on the DNA test. Just the “closest” match available. Which is why I have been reluctant to pay full price.
Now that I have received a full testing kit for nothing, I can look on it as a lark. A fun experiment. I am almost giggly with the prospect. I have no intention of taking the results to heart or changing my opinion of what Shiva may or may not be. But I am curious about what they come up with. Rest assured, I will share them with you the instant they arrive so we can all have a good laugh. That’s the kind of considerate person I am. In fact, the more ridiculous the results the better. I am hoping they will say with 90% certainty that Shiva is a Saint Bernard. Nothing would please me more.
Is that a little too cynical?
I know I will be waiting with breath that is bated. No doubt you are as well.
In the meantime, here is a bit of a brag. A few weeks ago Dogs Deserve Freedom posted a link to this fun dog breed quiz. I am proud to say I scored 100%. Are you willing to put yourself to the test?
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