Schooooooool’s out for summer! It really felt like this year flew by. Of course, I’ve been so insanely busy the last two-and-a-half months, so maybe it just feels that way to me. They changed a lot on the inside this year…okay, on the outside, too.
He had a pajama party on the last day.
They start all their summer programs the week of the 25th, which means they’ll be kicking it at home this week…give me the strength to deal with them both at home while I finish the last week of my current freelance job!
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Whoooooo Are You, Who Who Who Who
I’ve decided that for my birthday I want a Doggie DNA kit. Yes, I’m an odd person, but we all know this. I just really want to know what kind of dog Schuyler is since she is clearly NOT a Maltese/Yorkie like we expected! So first, who has done a Doggie DNA test and did you like the brand? And second, I am now accepting predictions as to what kind of mix Schuyler is! Corgi? Dachshund? Chihuahua? Terrier? So many possibilities with this little one.
~Mike gave me these wizard wand makeup brushes for Christmas so I can definitely recommend them to everyone!
~Now that we’ve reached the summer months, our softball games are getting HOT. I’ve decided I need a hydro flask for my birthday, nudge to my family.
~Mike will be getting this cool “notebook with a twist” for Father’s Day. It looks awesome!
Happy Sunday, everyone!
We used the Wisdom Panel DNA test and really liked it. It was very in-depth. The Humane Society had her listed as a Bassett Hound/terrier mix and the vet thought that she was Chihuahua/Dachshund. It turns out that she’s actually American Staffordshire terrier (37.5%), Chihuahua (25%), and Bull Mastiff (12.5%). The other 25% was a mix of terrier and hounds too diluted to discern. Otherwise very specific, and surprising!
Erika Covarrubias says:
I got the notebook for my dude for Christmas and it works! I thought it was the coolest thing and like you two, he’s a writer. He graduates with his BA on the 16th so he’s had a lot of papers to write and the notebook helped him outline and he took tons of notes in it already.
I think it’s so cool you want to know her doggie DNA.
My prediction: a mix of chihuahua, rat terrier, and dachshund and 100% adorable!
The Everlast notebook is amazing!
I love the Hydroflask. I was trying to order last week but they were doing an upgrade to their site. Going on today to order another!
I loooooooove the first/last day photo comparisons that everyone is posting right now. It’s so amazing to see how much change happens in a year! I can’t wait to do these with my kids
Re: the Doggie DNA tests. I have a friend who did Wisdom Panel and Embark. They found the results to be relatively comparable with Embark offering slightly more exact percentages than Wisdom Panel. All in all, he felt the results of the two companies matched fairly well, but Wisdom Panel was a lot cheaper.
LOVE our Hydroflasks!!!! Everyone in our family has one. Expensive, but totally worth it! Enjoy!
I used Wisdom Panel and loved it! My dog was listed as a terrier mix in the shelter. He’s only 30 pounds but has a lot of big breeds in him. I was so happy to realize he was part boxer. It makes SO much sense! He’s still 25% mix breeds (there are so many it couldn’t pinpoint them) which is probably where he gets his small size. The test said he’d probably be around 45 pounds full grown and he’s almost 3 now, so that’s not going to happen. She definitely looks like she has some chihuahua in her.
Rebecca Parobechek says:
I should say that I did wait until there was a discount code (it comes up every few months) because I couldn’t bear spending that much money on the test. I also received a discount code that I gave to my sister once I purchased mine.
Megan Sulewski says:
She looks like a chiweenie to me! Then again, I have one so I see them everywhere
I’m also a crazy dog lady that needed to know what my rescue dog really was (the rescue agency had her as a black mouth cur and akita mix). I used Wisdom Panel and found it pretty easy to use, and the results were fun to go through. Turns out Sugar is actually a mix of American Staffordshire Terrier, Boxer, and Chow Chow, along with some undetermined mixed breeds. She also has traces of herd dog, which makes sense, because she’s always trying to get all the humans in the same room.
I splurged and went for the version that also tests for genetic diseases.
All in all, I’d definitely do it again.
I used Wisdom Panel on my shelter dog. My dog looks exactly like what a Parson Russell Terrier should look like (small, white with spots, long legs), but the DNA test said she was mostly Golden Retriever. While I don’t think my dogs DNA test was accurate, we did get a good laugh over it and refer to her as our Retriever. Give it a try!
~ R says:
Just for fun, I’m guessing Schuyler is part Chihuahua/part Corgi.
And I love my Hydroflask. If you want multiples without as high a cost, Costco carries the ThermoFlask brand and we think they work really well, too.
Oh, just to balance out all the Hydroflask love, I also love my S’well bottle
Andrea Olson says:
I used Wisdom Panel on both my rescue dogs and found it to be very fun and worth the cost. Shelters often try to hide when a dog has “pit bull” in them, but I’d rather know.
The everlast notebook is fantastic! I have three of them in various sizes and use them daily.
I would say part Corgi/part Chihuahua. I have two Corgis and would be really surprised if Schuyler was not part Corgi!
Schuyler MUST have some Corgi. She looks exactly like my Gram’s old dog Bronnie, who was 100% Corgi.
I have a Corgi and when Schuyler was younger I thought he might be a Corgi in him but now I am not so sure, at least in the photo you shared. But I do agree with the person who said Corgi/Chihuahua mix because I do see some features of both dogs. Schuyler is quite cute and speaking of cute, the photos of James are just adorable.
Bianca Pellet says:
I know she’s just a little girl who won’t always know the meaning of what she does but…you should know that the gesture Annie is doing is very offensive in some countries (including the UK). You have an international audience on your blog so I just wanted to make you aware.
She’s holding up two fingers because it was the first and last day of 2nd grade! But also, two fingers in the air means “peace” in the US. Crazy that it’s something negative there!
Bianca Pellet says:
If the fingers are flicked around *the other way* it means peace in the UK. But the way she’s doing it actually means “**** you”, or words to that effect, to British audiences (and possibly others for all I know).
Alexandra Parvaz says:
Annabel looks like she aged five years in second grade, holy wow!
Alexandra Parvaz says:
And what kind of dog is Schuyler???