Rangers story

When we adopted Ranger back in September 2014, we knew little about him; only that he was abandoned on a Highway with just a collar on, no tags, and no one claimed him at the local animal shelter.  He was a dog without a past.  

Wanting to know more in any way we could, we were excited when we got back the results of his DNA test from Wisdom Panel , a canine genetic breed test that is available online. The results were clear, not inconclusive or in percentages! And taking a sample was simple; all we had to do swab the inside of his cheek twice with the handy kit they sent us, and send it back in.   We guessed for weeks what he was! 

Then the results came in - 

So how many breeds you ask?  
Four. Yep, just four.  
And what breeds are they?  

Well, see for yourself what breed traits stand out to you in this picture of Ranger 
before you read ahead!

"Barca Ranger Boris"

That tight tail and blocky nose?  Definitely sweet sweet Samoyed.  Those long legs and red fox color? Husky power for sure!  His webbed muffin feet and big brown eyes - ah, the swimmingly wonderful and emotional Labrador.  The black markings and pretty dots - A Dobie's perfect "makeup" for going out! Personality-wise, I can say with all honesty he has a Samoyed mellow guy demeanor, but when it comes to birds or bunnies, he's all Lab. Theres no runner in him at all, but his Husky voice can make you try not to laugh at how serious he is when he "talks".  And the loyalty. Oh my, hands down Doberman.  He tries so hard to please us. 

Did you figure out what breeds yet :D ?

It was revealed one parent was a Samoyed/Lab cross, the other parent was a Husky/Doberman cross. And his grandparents were most likely purebred.  He is a GREAT dog with a wonderful temperament - we absolutely adore him!

However, thats not just the only exciting news we have about Ranger!

Recently we were contacted,
given his baby pictures,
we learned about his "beginnings"!

Rangers baby photo thanks to OPP !

So, do you want to know the rest of his story?

Part 2 on Monday!



  1. Wat is hij mooi, en wel heel leuk om zo achter zijn identiteit te kunnen komen.

  2. Drat this was a cliff hanger I knew it was coming you did warn us:) Oh Ranger in that second photo truly does remind me of the Samoyed breed. He actually reminds me of a Samoyed that was loved by all, but in a different colour.. Oh yes I do believe Ranger is where he was always meant to be. He is handsome fella. Don't leave me hangin' too long OK :) Hug xo B

  3. i melt. why does my heart break when i hear about abandoned dogs - a creature so loving and so loyal. i try and think it was for the best but i think what a lucky dog to find someone like you. yes - part two definitely. pretty please

  4. Oh, now that's just wonderful to find out!

  5. Ah, ya wench! I did think husky with that tail and and and a few other things but never mind! Yes we will stay tuned :) What a cute baby pic, now how did you get that???????????

  6. I will come back and read this later, I just had to go back in time to Samoyed time. I wasn't sure, but I know now that Ranger has helped you with your loss of DexterDog. Dogs have a way of doing that. So, there's a true Scandinavian Goddess out there, she lives and hikes in the Norvegian mountains with her Samoyed dog. Today, I happened to come upon her site again and there are some magnificent pictures of Norway, said Goddess, and Dog. There is one that is just stunning. Please check thme out, you will not be sorry. Oh, I LOVE my SOAPS!!! http://jillremme.blogspot.com/2015/01/ygardsheia-399-moh.html

  7. How fun that you found out about Ranger's genetic background. These are all wonderful breeds and I speak as someone who has had all four or crosses thereof. Three Dobies, one husky/malmute cross, one black lab/border collie cross (a wonderfu combination), a samoyed, and then there's Faith, defnitely black lab, some herding breed, and maybe a little pitbull. I will check out the site you refer to for her. And I can't want to find out what you learned of Ranger's beginnings. How wonderful, how did it come about, he was found after all, with no known background.l

  8. You & Ranger are SO lucky to have found each other!!

  9. Well the only one I guessed was Samoyed, I thought maybe Akita as well with a dash of German Shepherd. I never would have guessed Doberman. He is a lovely dog and I can't wait to hear.... the Rest of the Story!

  10. What a dog! Sounds like the perfect match for your and your Forester Man.

  11. Great to find you too:) Thansk to Inger:)))

    Read the story of your dog and what a happy story that he came to you!! And he that he has a littlebit of samyed in his breed!!
    Looking forward to follow you!!

    Take care!

  12. Such a teaser you are . . . I will be back Monday!
    Beautifully handsome dog indeed!

  13. What a cool mix! Adorable puppy photo, too. Not surprised since he's so handsome all grown up. Can't wait to hear his back story!

  14. GW Feral Woman,

    Can you say wow.......Ranger is a wonderful gift.
    Can't wait to hear part 2.
    How cool is getting a genetic test done on your dog.

  15. So your dog has a history, and baby pictures to boot! Awesome!

    Eagerly awaiting the rest of the story. I'll catch up on the news this spring, when I come out of hibernation.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

  16. I know a lot of people criticize the accuracy of doggie DNA tests, but I've had very believable results both times. My little spitfire Ruby was identified as a Border Collie/Jack Russell mix, and her brilliance, energy and tenacity as well as unmistakably Border Collie eyes and ears and Jack Russell coloration and terrier tendencies make it pretty convincing. My first dog Lasya, who I'd always told people was Chow/GSD, came back as just that. I can see all of the breeds you listed in Ranger - he's beautiful!


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