I have come to the conclusion that my dog looks funny.
So many people compliment him, saying how nice he looks, how handsome.
I just find him funny looking. Sorry Pallo.
One thing that almost every person who comes into contact with Pallo asks me is "What breed is he?" I have my normal answer of "who knows?" or my slightly more creative answer of "Linn County Pound Special" which references the shelter I adopted him from. But, many people are not satisfied with this answer. They want to guess. Is he German Shepherd? Does he have daschund in him? What about some Corgi? Doesn't he look like that Swedish Vallhund that comes to the park sometimes? Maybe he has some Rottweiler in him, or Chow, or some Shar Pei?
People expect me to be able to say something in response to these guesses. But, really, Pallo was a stray before he was picked up by animal control and adopted by me, so I have no more authority to guess about this than any other person familiar with dog breeds. In fact, I have started telling people who ask about his lineage at the park that I charge for asking the question so that I can pay for a breed DNA test. When a few of them said they might actually consider contributing to that, it made me wonder: Is it such a silly idea?
On the prompting of a friend of mine, I have officially set up a ChipIn for Pallo's breed profile test. Yes, I feel silly setting it up for this when most of the ChipIns I see are for surgery money, or a rescue dog, or some other serious business. But, I figured, I might as well give people a chance to spend money on finding out my dog's breed, if that is what they really want to do. So here it is. Your chance to contribute to the cost of a $70 DNA profile test for Pallo.
The donation widget is both below and is on the sidebar of the blog. Feel free to ignore it if you think this is a silly thing to do. Feel free to contribute if you have a burning curiosity about what breeds make up the funny looking dog we love to call Pallo.