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Hey, here's quiz for all you dog experts out there.

What do you get when you cross a Bichon Frise ...

... with a Shetland Sheepdog ...

... with a Doberman Pinscher?

You get one of these!!!

Yes, I went and got Simone DNA tested.  We were at the vet getting her heartworm recheck (she's clear!) and some other stuff done and I caved and decided to let them do a cheek saliva swab to send off to one of those breed testing facilities.

The results, which seem kinda dubious - but hey, who knows - tell me that one of Simone's parents was a Bichon Frise (possibly a purebred) while the other one was a Shetland Doberman mix.  Simone didn't care for the news since I told her that now that she is officially 50%, or thereabouts, a frou frou dog, I'm going to start making her wear tutus and glittery jackets with rhinestones and carry her around in a handbag.

Anyway, I got to thinking.  Why not show off some mixed-up, muttacular best friends by asking you all to post up your own mixed breeds and tell us what you think or know their parentage to be.  Just post them up on the wall of the Pound Dogs Facebook page so everyone can take a look at all your wonderful pooches.  Also tell us where they're from (especially if they're from TAS) and any other info you'd like to share.

(The image of the Bichon Frise is from here. It seems I have never seen nor photographed a Bichon at TAS.)

9 Comments to “Drum roll please”

  1. Anonymous says:

    A bichon sheep pinscher! How exotic! lol :)

  2. Esther says:

    How much is that if you don't mind me asking?

  3. Caveat says:

    DNA! LMAO! Whatever floats your boats down at TAS!

  4. Fred says:

    Hi Esther, I got it done through the vet's office and it was $65 but you may be able to get it cheaper if you do it directly with a test company. You can search for them online.

  5. Anonymous says:

    HAHAHA. That is hysterical, Bichon??? whoa, never would have have quessed that one (or Sheltie for that matter). I am so going to get this DNA test on my dogs!!! Love this idea.

  6. Anonymous says:

    We got our guy DNA tested when one of the companies had a booth at Woofstock in Toronto. They usually have a promotion of some kind so it may be a good deal if you can wait till then and you're in the area!!

  7. Jake says:

    Hahaha I was putting parts of each dog together in my head as you went, kinda like those puzzles that you played with when your a kid. In my mind it was the head of the bichon, the body of the sheepdog and the legs of the doberman! Regardless of how accurate those tests are it's kinda fun to hear. I've wanted to do one with Moose, who's been on here a couple times, and just havn't gotten around to it yet.

  8. Lynn says:

    I was recently playing with the online "Random Romance Novel Title Generator" ( You click a button and the site delivers a title for your next romance novel. It delivers beauties like "The Mayan King's Robust Actress" or "The Scottish Shah's Buxom Fishmongeress." I can't help but think that the people at the DNA-testing office used a similar method for arriving at Simone's heritage.

  9. Lisan says:

    Your dog is beautiful! Mutts for the win!

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.