For an early birthday present, my daughter, Kyersten, purchased a “Wisdom Panel Insights” DNA kit for Chloe. The two most common questions I am asked about Chloe are:
What does she do for you?
What kind of dog is she?
The second question is probably asked more often than the first. Chloe’s trainer, Pat, at Fidos For Freedom believes she is part Vizsla and Retriever because of her color, body style and manner in which she “washes up”. I’ve never thought to ask Chloe’s puppy raiser, Linda, what she thought Chloe’s mix might be, nor have I asked her other trainer, Jolanthe. My daughter thinks she is a Rhodesian Ridgeback and American Foxhound mix, as she has a ridge of hair that stands up along her spine when she is upset as it lays in the opposite direction of the rest of her fur. I think she accounts the Foxhound part because of the way her head and ears are shaped. I’ve never really cared WHAT Chloe is, as she is an intelligent partner to whom I’ve bonded and work along side on a daily basis. Once in awhile we would belly-ache about not knowing for sure what her mix is as we get that second question so often. It would be nice to be able to say, “She is a SUCH-AND-SUCH mix!” You can’t argue with DNA after all. Don’t you watch any crime shows on television? (GRIN).
In three weeks we should know. Want to make a guess yourself? Please feel free to comment. We will see who guesses the best regarding dog breeds!
7 thoughts on “What is She… Really?”
I never knew there was a way to determine a dogs makeup (unless this is a prelude to an appearance on Maury!). I never look at her as a hearing dog but rather, an extension of you. She is your heart and soul. And that is what matters the most.
And you are a person of pure genuine kindness. Someone who truly cares with a big heart. I long for the day when I can meet you in flesh and blood as you have always been one of my favorite people during the course of my CI journey. I am truly blessed to know you!
What a thoughtful post! Most of the time first impressions are mentioned it has to do with dress code. Or racial profileing. So nice to think of it in “real person” terms and with a positive context!
Chloe is a Vizla mix, with the mix being some sort of hound.
I will go with retriever/bully dog mix……
I think she’s “Chloe the Wonder Dog”! But I’m curious to see what the test shows.
I can understand how that man knew right away that you were a Christian.
Some people just “wear” their Christianity on Sunday, but for others… being a Christian is who you ARE. Just like a Chinese person IS Chinese, or a Zambian IS a Zambian.
You’re the real deal :0)
My guess: definitely a hunting hound breed is involved. Fox hound, beagle, etc. That explains the chase/hunt instinct and occasional pack induced “howl”.
A Vizla would explain her confidence, her deep bark,as they were hunting and protection dogs. They were bred as fearless hunters I’ve heard.
I don’t know about Chloe having ridgeback in her–that “ridge” is absolutely visible at all times, not just when upset and I don’t really see it in the pics enough to lean towards that breed.
Kenai has a ridge, evident down the back of his neck, and it’s always there. Danes have ridgeback in them. That’s why I lean towards not in Chloe.
Now just you watch her surprise the dickens out of us!!
As for the man’s comment, my answer is what took him so long?! I saw it from the first contact, even all the way out here in cyberspace, sweetie. Julie’s right, you are the real deal.
As for how we can tell a person of faith–the indwelling Spirit is my thought. His Spirit in me recognizes His Spirit in others. It just shows, and some people, well they flat “shine from inside”.
Hi,I enjoyed reading some of your posts. Plus, your dog looks sooo much like mine! I wish I could attach a picture here. I have a few of her on my blog and one that will follow this comment. The pic of Chloe looking out the window, well, I have one almost exactly like it and I would not be able to tell the difference between them in that pic. I call mine, for fun, an Egyptian Beetlehound. She has a natural black eye-liner, two dark beauty marks on each cheek, her tail has the black streak same as Chloe, and mine, Ruthie Mae, hunts insects even big ones like beetles. She has a tint of red too.
I enjoyed reading about your experience of living with an invisible disability, a subject I’ve been writing about in my private journal for years and started writing about in my blog recently, which is how I came upon your blog, checking out what others are saying.
Our disabilities are different but it seems we deal with much of the same trials and tribulations in life.
Wow, wrote more than I thought. I’ll come back and visit again. Thanks for sharing.