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Friday, March 21, 2014

Kele DNA Results

The contest is over, and its time to reveal Kele's DNA results. As we only had a handful of entries for this contest, we have chosen two winners to purchase their own DNA kits at Half price. The winners were Danielle Story, and Caroline Eastburn. Congratulations to both of our winners. Each of them were able to guess that Kele is part Boxer.
As Kele's owners, Marcy and I were both shocked by the results. We both had thought that our little girl was a mix of Jack Russel terrier, Husky, and maybe Heeler and Pit Bull. As you can see from the results below, we were way off. Thanks to everyone for playing, and remember we have plenty of DNA test kits for sale. If you want to find out the true identity of your dog, come to the shelter and purchase a DNA kit. It is fun to do, and a great way to help support the homeless animals of the Four Corners.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Last chance

I had promised you all one more clue in the contest to guess Kele's breed. I was supposed to get that to you on Friday, with the deadline for entries being Sunday. Well, Friday afternoon turned into a very busy time here at the shelter, so I didn't get you the clue. As I am a man of my word, I will give you a couple final clues and extend the entry deadline until this Wednesday at midnight.

Here is your final clues, and remember the winner gets a half price DNA kit of their own.

Send entries to

Even though Kele is not a very large dog, their are no small breeds in her DNA results.

At least one herding breed is present in her DNA results.
Good luck.

Thursday, March 13, 2014


In my last post, I promised you a clue for our latest DNA contest, so here you are.

These DNA tests, tend to show up with a lot of older, more established breeds of dogs. In Keebler's test, we saw that he had Ibizan hound in his lineage. I doubt there is an Ibizan hound within 500 miles of where Keebler came from, let alone is he a direct descendant of one. So when guessing this time, ake into consideration that little Kele may look like a cross of a well known breed, but she may have lots of DNA from some of the older breeds.

Here are some of Kele's stats.

She is 21 inches tall at the shoulder.
She is 36 inches long from the tip of her nose to her tail.
She weighs around 35 pounds.

More clues to follow on Friday.
Remember to email your guess to

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

New contest

As promised in an earlier post, we are going to run a second guess the breed contest. This time, the winner will have the chance to purchase a DNA test kit for half price. We sell the kits for $60 and that is a very slim margin for us, so getting one for $30 will be a great bargain for the winner.

This time, you will be guessing the breed of one of my own dogs. Her name is Kele and she was found in the town of Kayenta. If you have ever driven through Kayenta, you know they have many stray dogs hanging out around the restaurants and gas stations there. These stray dogs come in all shapes and sizes, and most are of mixed breed origin. My little girl is no exception to that rule. When I first saw her, her size and demeanor, led me to believe she was just a young pup. In reality, she was nearly a year old and full grown when we found her.

I have already received the results of her test, so I am going to give you until this Sunday March 16th to enter your guesses. I will give you a hint tomorrow, and one on Friday. Good luck.

email your guess to:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

DNA Contest Results

Well, the results are in from Keebler's DNA test, and they are not what you might expect. We had over 50 entries in the contest and in the end, only 4 guesses included even one of the breeds listed in his family tree. The overwhelming majority of you guessed that he was some combination of the following breeds:

   Australian Cattle Dog
   Blue or Red Heeler
   Pit Bull

These were all fairly logical guesses. As you may recall, we had Keebler listed as a Heeler/Husky mix. He had characteristics of both of those breeds, as well as a few others. I think you will find that the results of the test show us, that picking the breeds involved in a mixed breed dog, are a lot harder than you might think.

The results of the test are the following:

One of his great grandparents was a Miniature Long Haired Dachshund.
One of his other great grandparents was at least half Toy Fox Terrier.
His other great grandparents were both mixed breeds as was his grand parents and parents.

The other breeds found in his DNA makeup were in order of the highest % to the lowest %  as follows:

     American Foxhound
     Ibizan Hound
    Minature Short Haired Dachshund
    Black and Tan Coonhound

As I said earlier, only four of you had even one of these breeds as your guess. To be as fair as possible we have put the names of the four in a hat and randomly drew the winner from these.
And the winner is: Marjorie Thornton

Her guess was Pit Bull/Heeler/Coonhound/Husky

The test will come in handy as she adopted a mixed breed dog from us 6 weeks ago. His name is Theo and they have been very curious about what breed he is. Remember, that if you are curious about what breed your dog is, you can purchase one of the DNA kits from us for $60. What a great way to help out the shelter, and find out if that mixed breed dog of yours is really a Dachshund in disguise. Thanks for playing.


Tuesday, March 4, 2014


Lately, you may have seen some pictures of a dog named Stubby. He is the pet of the week this week, and was on the front page of the Durango Herald on Sunday. He is getting lots of face time, and I'm here to give him some more.
 Stubby is a Lab mix around 4 years old, who came to us from the Cortez animal shelter the day after Christmas. He had been surrendered their along with his buddy Stella. The two of them were here together until last week when Stella was adopted. Stubby is doing ok with out her, but we need to find him a permanent home. In the mean time, he continues going to schools and helping the kids learn to read. The kids are doing something in return for all of his hard work.
You see, Stubby came to us with an old leg injury, that included a non-surgical amputation. The injury is one that cant be fixed by surgery. What can help is a prosthetic leg, and that's where the kids came in. Some of his biggest fans at Miller and Mtn Middle schools, and Sunnyside elementary school raised some funds to help pay for a prosthetic leg for Stubby. They were able to raise just over half of the $840 dollars needed for Stubby's new leg. Great job guys.

We have ordered the prosthetic for Stubby, and it is in the process of being made. If you would like to help us pay for the remainder of the cost, and help to offset some of the costs the shelter has already incurred ( x-rays etc..), please follow the link below.

Thanks for helping Stubby, and for your continued support of the homeless animals of the Four Corners.