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May 4, 2013
Jan 23, 2013
Not that it matters at all, but Walter is a handsome and distinctive looking dog and people always ask what breed he is, and although we knew he was largely (or possibly completely) a Siberian Husky, there aren’t very many all black ones so we figured there had to be something else in there – Lab? Border Collie? German Shepherd? Wolf?
See, we got him after some friends were fostering him but when we got him he came with some vet records. In trying to call the vet he’d seen to try to get a little more info on him, I accidentally called his original parents who didn’t know “what” he was either but were able to give me a screenshot of the Kijiji ad he came from which billed him as a Black Siberian Husky.
Because I’m awesome at the internet, although the ad was down, I was able to cross-reference the phone number in the ad with a backyard breeder in Woodbridge and photos of, if not his litter-mates, another litter born around the same time and a picture of what is likely his mom.
Our curiosity ebbed and flowed over the last year but one night last week I got drunk and curious and ordered a DNA test from DNAmydog.com which is based in Toronto and donates a portion of proceeds to Canine Rescue – over $63,000 and counting. I’ve heard and read of varying results from this type of DNA testing but it wasn’t prohibitively expensive so we went for it!
They sent over a sample kit which consisted basically of two cotton swabs and an envelope so we took some cheek swabs, sent it back in and awaited the results which came in today!
Looks like the little guy is anywhere from 37-74% Siberian Husky, 10-20% Collie, and 10-20% Airedale Terrier. What we can surmise from this is that one of his parents was likely a Siberian Husky and the other was likely a Siberian Husky mix of sorts. The test results say that in the 10-20% categorie, the breed characteristics are “usually carried over from previous generations of your dog’s ancestry”. What a world.
One thing is for sure; no matter what his genetic make-up, he’s 100% #1 Good Boy and my best friend in the world…
…even when he destroys our couch, pillows, a macbook power cord, a jacket, a vest, and most recently an HBC throw. Still love the little fucker.
The following comment posted by Matt was too good to not bring up to the forefront:
Right now there’s a German Shepard somewhere doing this:
Jan 3, 2013
This winter Walter got set up with a fancy pants Filson Reversible Dog Coat to match his bowl & collar – he’s very brand loyal. He doesn’t reeeeeeally need a coat, the Husky in him makes him love the winter, but we figured in the rain and on the very worst days it couldn’t hurt to have it.
Pretty much everyone we know that has a dog has this coat so we figured, rather than letting all the other dogs make fun of ours for all having the same coat, we could patch them all out and make them bad-ass gang jackets so if you’re at Bellwoods and you see The #1 Good Boys walking down the hill snapping in matching patch-jackets, you best get to steppin’!
Dec 13, 2012
I am a huge proponent of getting a rescue dog over going and paying huge amounts of money at a breeder while beautiful, loving, pups are spending their days in cages wondering if they’ll ever have another home. In general, I really think it’s great to pull a dog from the pound but a lot of people would prefer a puppy, and I get that, so here’s your chance!
The good people that come in from day to day and bring the #1 Good Boy out to Cherry Beach while we’re at work are Unleashed In The City and this Saturday they’re having an adoption day in conjuntion with the Moosonee Puppy Rescue and they’ll have 15 beautiful little pups up for adoption.
Despite being a ton of work; adopting Walter has been one of the most rewarding endeavors I’ve ever undertaken and I seriously recommend it for any one who has the type of lifestyle that would accomodate a little buddy and has some love to give – it’s really all they need.
Aug 16, 2012
#1 Good Boy – #1 in the park and #1 in my heart. Seeing as I wear my heart on my sleeve, I figured it made sense to give lil Walty his rightful place, front and center.
Daniel Innes at the wonderful Pearl Harbor Gift Shop met the mandate perfectly; match his likeness without being too photorealistic and make it illustrative (mostly so that it’ll fit with the rest of the stuff I have & will have on my arm) without it being cartoonish.
I’ll post better pictures once it’s healed (ok, probably not) but here it is. We’ll likely go back in and darken some stuff up later if need be but it’s better to start light and darken later than go too dark and not be able to pull back. Totes obvi.
Jun 29, 2012
One of the earliest pictures I was able to get from his original family.
The day he came home to us.
Now – just hanging out with the big boys, learning how to build motorcycles.
My little man is growing up so fast! It’s been a pretty wild 8 months since Walter came into our lives and for all the sacrifices we’ve had to make; time, money, damaged property, (etc., etc.,) I wouldn’t have it any other way – he’s enriched my life in ways that I can’t even begin to explain and caring for him has offered me the type of perspective that only being a care-giver can provide.
I know that everyone thinks that I’m a little bit obsessed with this dog and the truth is that I am, I don’t care. I don’t see the point of bringing a new member into your family if you’re not going to give them the best life you can possibly give them.
I’m not sure it’s something that you can understand if you don’t have a pet yourself but the love that they have for you, if you’re good to them (and unfortunately often even if you’re not) is so strong and I think they deserve nothing but the deepest love and respect in return.
Jan 17, 2012
Although it wasn’t been a mainstay of this blog, or my life, for some time I used to write a pretty freakin’ mean strongly worded letter and got results a plenty! Just the same, I think it’s important to draw attention to companies who are doing good things and take great care of their customers and this is one of those instances…
For my birthday I was fortunate to receive a Levi’s / Filson Trucker Jacket from my little lady. It’s the classic Levi’s Trucker Jacket with Filson’s “Tin Cloth” waxed canvas material – this thing is perfect, seriously, I think it’s so awesome but it just didn’t fit.
No big deal, right? Just return it and get another size, right? Problem is; the jacket was originally purchased in Seattle and, like the LVC stuff, the Levi’s / Filson stuff never made it’s way into Canada… Even friends who work as reps for both Levi’s & Filson couldn’t help me out – so, I called the Seattle store and they didn’t have any XL in stock. Bummer. Knowing I was going to be in San Diego in a couple of days I called that store but they didn’t have any in stock. They went one further for me and checked their national store database and only one store had any XL in stock – the online store. Great! How am I going to exchange a jacket with the online store when it was purchased in Seattle… Not to mention I have no receipt, etc., etc.
Long story short; I called Levi’s headquarters and they ordered one from the online store to their office and took care of the exchange for me that way, no questions asked. Now THAT is customer service…
Between this and the fancypants dog bowl I got for Walter for Xmas I’ve got this stuff for days…