Blogging Friends.... If you have not already figured this out, I am a shameless advocate of mixed breed canines and mutt adoption on my blog!! I'm unapologetic, really!! Why? Because I share my existence with a certain Beautifully Unique "Mystery Dog", named Rose!! And.... Based upon personal observation, seemingly nobody owns mongrels!! But that is just what I have seen.... So, twice monthly, on every first and second Thursday (Better late than never.... Right?) I will be expressing my feelings regarding anything mixed breed!! But do not desert me, dear Friends, because of this one blog post. Please. There will be plenty of stories to come!!
I was hiking with Rose one day, when we met this nice lady. A fellow dog lover and owner of, I am certain, an adorable purebred Beagle. "He" appeared to be absent. She asked what kind of canine Rose was. I answered this woman, only to swiftly add: "She's a mystery.". And then, the words that this lady said in reply will remain with me forever. Because they have left a lasting impact on my life!! "They're the best kind.". Wow.... Rose is, indeed, a "Mystery Dog". I have decided to embrace this very fact. Shout it loud and proud, as though I am atop some high roof!! Because we don't truly know what breeds are present within Rose's DNA.... This entire experience has been based on mere guesses!! And, while I never, not for a single second, had any issues about my girl being mixed breed, it was the unknown that irked me. That's right!! The not knowing got to me. And I enjoy mysteries!! I read them whenever I'm in the mood. Which is not too often anymore!! But, as a mystery's pages turn, its story evolves. There are plots. Enemies. Strange occurrences. Surprises. And, as a mystery's chapters progress, there is always an ending!! Oh, if only life were as predictable!! With merely a clue here and there, I can solve Rose's mix!! But do I want to? There is, of course, a way. I wrote about it sometime on this blog. How? A mixed breed DNA test kit!! They are simple to order and, apparently, accurate. However, mixed breed DNA test kits are also quite expensive.... 70-plus dollars, depending on the company!! Ouch. That is an awful lot of money for just solving a "Mystery Dog's" mix!! So.... Do I want to? One word: Nope!! Would knowing what breeds are present within Rose's DNA cause me to love her more? Quite the contrary!! Because I am a mystery, myself. I've expressed this before. I have "developmental delays", or learning disabilities, if you will. No pediatrician/child psychiatrist ever diagnosed my neurological disorders!! So we are alike, Rose and me!! Yep. Despite vast differences in our species, we are the same!! This not knowing what kind of canine Rose is actually causes me to love her even more, strange as that sounds. She's Beautifully Unique. My "Mystery Dog". She is the best kind of mixed breed!!
Blogging Friends.... I feel the need to clarify. Do I oppose mixed breed DNA test kits? No. I do not!! It is crucial in most cases to "know" your dog(s). Having his/her "breed" determined helps. A great deal. But on the other hand, knowing his breeds does not necessarily guarantee that you will ever "understand" him!! Rose is my "food lovin'" little girl. She's motivated by treats because of the Beagle within her. But then, any dog can be a "food lovin'" creature!!