By Gina Spadafori
May 21, 2007
Busy day here. I’m totally wiped out and doped up on meds for back spasms, which is limiting both my productivity and my ability to make much sense. (At times like these, Flexoril is your friend!)
But I’ll try to be coherent — at least as much as I usually am — in posting a couple of new things for the afternoon. Sitting hurts, so this might be it for the afternoon until Christie and Rebel get back from the vet’s.
First, cool article and video featuring our Dr. Becker on the company the DNA tests mixed-breed dogs and gives you and idea of what breeds went into them:
[...T]hanks to a new doggie DNA test — the wisdom panel from Mars Veterinary — curious mutt owners can finally trace their dogs’ roots.
“This is where high tech meets high touch. You’re going to take a small blood sample from this dog and take its unique DNA and be able to determine what the breed makeup is and it’s ancestry,” Dr. Marty Becker told “Good Morning America Weekend Edition.” “So you will know its grandparents, its parents and know exactly what kind of dogs are in this makeup of this mixed breed.”
Dr. Becker put family dog Quixote to the test. Look at his picture: What do you think he is? Put your best guess in the comments. I’ll come back and post the results later.
Quixote is also now known as Lazaruff. Last week he suddenly became very ill, but thanks to having a top veterinarian for a daddy, he pulled through. And now he’s fine, with no ill effects except a new nickname.
The DogCar reviews on the site have turned out to be so popular that people are using them to help select new cars. So far, I’m responsible for the purchase of a brand-new Honda Element and Kia Sedona minivan.
We have another new Web site, by the way: CanineKisses.com. You can put pictures of your kissing canine on there, and vote on all the pictures.