If you ever wonder if I’m losing my marbles, you’re probably correct.
A few months ago my hairstylist Liz was over doing my hair and she asked an innocent question while looking at Max:
What is HE?
Me: We think he might be a rat terrier/chihuahua mix; he loves to chase small prey, bark at anyone and everyone, dislikes his own kind and he’s very much a weirdo because a lot of times he won’t go outside before bed, I have to carry his 25lb ass far out to the middle of the yard, drop him in the grass, remind him that he’s a dog and beg for him to pee. (if he doesn’t pee, he will wake me up in the middle of the night from his crate to do so)
When Lolo first adopted him over 5 years ago, we thought he might be some sort of exotic dog, mixed with the regular flavor. But we soon figured out, nope. Just the regular mill kind, but we still wondered what exact variety.
Liz suggested I do a DNA test on him; it won’t tell us WHY he’s weird, but it would tell us WHAT he is. My jaw dropped: You can do those for dogs? I mean, will I find out if he’s really an African Prince?
Upon research they sell these tests on Amazon for a hundred bucks. It seemed a bit steep, but I then remembered I didn’t pay for anything to be waxed this past year: I HAD EXTRA MONEY.
EDITED to add: When I was looking it up on amazon to link it here, it dawned on me: the name of the company is Embark. EmBARK *slaps hand on forehead*
Max was questioning OUR sanity as we took his saliva sample. In about a month we had our results. In that amount of time, there was much query from my people on our family thread asking DID YOU GET MAX’S RESULTS YET? To an outsider, it looks like we had nothing else going on.
As if finding out that he’s this or that wasn’t enough fun, a month later I got an email stating that the company had found some of his possible relatives; Jewel being the closest to his DNA.
I blogged about when I did my Ancestry.com DNA and tree; people were coming out of the woodwork connecting with me. It was awesome, but also a little overwhelming. When I asked Max about meeting Jewel, he was happy about it until I told him that Jewel is IN fact a dog. That was a hard NO from him.
Anyhoo, we still love our little weirdo even if we’re semi-excited about his Dad Nathan coming home from Marine boot camp next month; that means Max will be going home to his real parents.
So, would you make the investment to see your pets DNA?