We get emails, Frankie and I do. Some offer products (we love those). Some tell touching stories. And some make requests, including this one from Virginia, who wrote:
I was hoping I could post a photo of my dog to see if some really swell dog experts could tell us what he is… We have a dog that we adopted as a puppy from a puppy rescue group here in Colorado. Were told he was an Australian Shep/Border collie mix but he looks more like a corgie shepherd mix and weighs 65 pounds. We don’t want a DNA test. We just want 100 different opinions so that we can keep making up new answers when people ask us what kind of dog he is. Can I send you a photo of Wilson the Dog to post on your very entertaining blog?
Why not, I thought, especially since Virginia was so flattering? I said sure, and requested additional info about Wilson.
Virginia sent back some incredibly cute photos, writing:
Hi. I am attaching photos of Wilson the Mystery Dog (WMD).
Appearance: He is about 2 feet high, 65 pounds. Very thick, coarse hair which, as far as I can tell, sheds year round. Large, “Huge Harold” hind feet. Red spots on belly.
Behavior: Loves the cold, but definitely not full immersion in mountain lakes, wading pools. Lovable but does not lick face (an attribute, in my book).
Hand signal trained. Great eye contact (except around squirrels. Also, cats and birds.). Ears are always in that Red Alert stance, except when we are walking or when he is being submissive. A natural herder (at first, less so now that he is older). Very agile. Loves to gallop (when hiking in our Colorado mountains off leash, which of course, we NEVER do…).
We were told he is an Australian Shepherd/Border Collie mix but are are pretty sure that the puppy rescue volunteers made that up on the fly. Also, we already had out our check book and our teenage daughter had Wilson in a death cuddle.
So… what do you think? All guesses welcome. I’m intrigued by the red spots and the big feet.
By the way, Virginia, I wouldn’t count on 100 guesses. But I’ll bet the ones that do come in are really high quality.