My dog has an identity crisis…

March 11, 2010 at 1:07 am (Uncategorized)

We adopted Luka under the impression that he was a black lab-saint bernard mix. I secretly never believed the saint bernard part though, because when we adopted him he had lab written all over his face. Months later, his hair is long, his tail is flowing, and his ears are just as curly. The lab is still SORT of there, but the saint bernard seemed to make sense.

His heritage being written down on paper doesn’t stop me from protesting that he’s half ______(fill in the blank) every time I watch too much Animal Planet. However, the other day I had an actual challenge to his breed while out on a walk.

A woman riding a bicycle deliberately crossed the street, caught up to us, and stopped right in front of us to chat. (Now, normally I don’t like to stop because Luka loves people, and Luka loves hard. He’s known to knock you over with his excitement, all the while licking every inch of your face, neck, and ears.) I was startled that someone would go out of their way to see him, I mean, he’s handsome but..well actually, he’s handsome enough to stop traffic, sure.

ANYWAY — this woman swears that Luka and her dog, Isaac, could be twins. Isaac is a FCR, or flat coat retriever, which essentially is a black, less furry golden retriever. The woman promised that she’d see me on a walk one day with the famed Isaac and I’d see. She also continually kept encouraging me to “google it!” Sign of the times much?

I’m a good listener, so I googled.

Here’s what I found:

Flat Coated Retriever                                                                                           Luka 



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