As I take our beloved rescue pooch Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle on our walks exploring the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood around the Little Bitty, folks love to stop us to admire.
The dog, not me.
And soon after a pat and a sniff (of the dog, not me) they’re sure to ask about her breed.
It’s easy enough to offer my first guess. She does have a lot of German Shepherd in her.
Yet since we brought her home after spotting her as a pup at the Humane Society of Rome’s compound at the Paws for Cause event four years ago, my dear wife Karen and I have always thought there’s more to her than that. Because she’s a rescue, we’re left guessing the other that runs through her veins.
Recently Karen spotted a photo on Facebook of a Korean Jindo.
The cute Korean Jindo had a smile on her face that reminded Karen of Elli B. So she Googled. And came away from the photos and descriptions of the breed convinced that Ellie B is indeed part Korean Jindo.
Unwavering loyalty. Well, yeah, once she got used to us.
Need for a fence six-foot high. We did replace ours because of her ability to dig under the old one.
Aversion to water. It took much coaxing to get her in the Cape Cod lake, and three years before she’d go out deep enough to discover her inner doggie paddle. Baths, she hates. I have to push get her to go out in the rain.
So there we have it. Our Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle is a Shepherd-Jindo mix. Until the next discovery comes along, anyway.
Meanwhile on the dog front, my wonderful daughter Elisabeth texted me a photo of herself playing with a Corgi pup at an area pet store she and terrific boyfriend George Three visited after our recent brunch. Elisabeth thinks they need a second dog at George’s parents house. He’s not so sure. To be continued.
What’s your favorite breed of dog, and why? Who’s your favorite pet, and why? What do you see in Ellie B, and why?