“Supermutt!”

I believe I have written previously about our dog Max …

Max is worried about what I’m going to write about him.

… who is sort of a rescue dog. He originally lived in a house across the street from Presteblog World Headquarters. We met him one Sunday after church, and then we met him a couple more times when he invited himself across the street. His owner, a freshman from Milwaukee, had not, we think, previously owned a dog, so she was perhaps unfamiliar with owning a puppy. (For instance, she thought he was six months old, which was about two months too old. She also said he was “mostly housebroken,” which turned out to be optimistic.) She also didn’t read her entire lease, which included the words “NO PETS.”

We found out that detail one Sunday at church. We left a note on her door saying that if she needed a new home for her dog to talk to us. We heard nothing until the following Saturday, when as I was leaving to announce a college basketball game, she appeared at our door and asked if we were interested in “Peanut.” I said I had to leave, so talk to the people inside. When I left, we had a dog and a cat; when I returned, we had two dogs and a cat.

Our veterinarian said he was a Basenji, an African hunting dog. We assumed he was also part “pit bull,” in part because he grew to about three times Basenji size. (The aforementioned pit bull-ness involved me in a local controversy because a local alderman decided that having solved every problem the city had, it was time to ban pit bulls. To make a wrong story short, he was wrong, he failed, and he didn’t run for reelection.)

We decided to solve the mystery of Max’s lineage through a dog DNA test. What, you ask, did we discover?

That is 19.6 percent American pit bull terrier …

… 19 percent Akita …

… 15.8 percent Australian cattle dog …

… 15.5 percent Australian shepherd (which is an American breed despite its name) …

… 6.8 percent Great Pyrenees …

… 6.4 percent Collie …

… 6.1 percent American Staffordshire terrier …

… and 10.8 percent “Supermutt,” including parts of chow chow …

… cocker spaniel …

… and Siberian husky.

All of that produced Max.

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