Thursday, August 10, 2017

Seeing Beautiful: Carolina Curly Tail?

Who am I, really? *sigh*
While our son was out for a walk with his girlfriend recently he saw a woman walking a dog that "looked just like Toby". She told him it was a yellow lab/Carolina Dog mix.

Carolina Dog, aka American Dingo
By Kurt Sagmeister - http://members.aon.at/kurt.sagmeister/hund/pariah.htm

See the curly tail? We've never known where Toby's curly tail came from. He's a lab/golden retriever mix, but we always knew there had to be something else in there too. Popular guesses have been Chow Chow and Shiba Inu.

Mystery Tail
Could the mystery of the curly tail be solved?

Preliminary mitochondrial DNA testing performed by the University of South Carolina's College of Science and Mathematics shows a possible strong genetic link between Carolina Dogs and other primitive breeds like the Australian Dingo. - Carolinadogs.com

And how much fun can we have calling Toby an American Dingo?

Ding-A-Ling

Dixie Dingo

Darling Dingo Dog

I even have an authentic Aussie hat...
 Carolina dogs have stand-up ears too. Toby's are floppy but they do stick out from his head in a funny way. So we tried holding his ears up to see if he looked like a Carolina dog.


Carolina Dog. Notice the white spots on the toes and stand-up ears.
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What do you think? Is Toby part Carolina Dog?
It doesn't really matter what breeds are combined in Toby. We "see beautiful" in him in every way. But it is a fun puzzle. We'd rather have the mystery to enjoy than do DNA testing or anything scientific like the mitochondrial analysis quoted above. 

BUT - the rescue DID save him from a pound in N.Carolina…home of the Carolina dog… just saying… 

If you're curious about this "primitive, first American dog breed", click here for info and a video of Carolina dogs.

This post is joining the {This Moment} See Beautiful Blog Hop, hosted by Golden Woofs. Join us in Seeing Beautiful!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Heat Wave

Ugh, heat index above 100 degrees for the entire week. 
We're having a HEAT WAVE!


Not that kind of wave, Toby.


The kind that's "pawfect" for making frozen treats!

How do you keep cool in the heat?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Vote For Toby!

Toby is a finalist for a spot in Southeastern Virginia Golden Retriever Rescue's (SEVA-GRREAT) Calendar Contest!



You can vote for Toby by clicking here. Each time you vote you donate a dollar toward this amazing rescue organization. Click the link and scroll down to Toby's photo. If he's a winner he'll be featured in the 2018 calendar!

And even if you don't want to vote, click the link anyway. You'll be treated to adorable golden retriever pics - cuteness overload - and you can learn more about the wonderful things SEVA-GRREAT does for goldens as far away as Turkey.

Thank you in advance for voting for Toby!
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