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25 July 2015

General Tells the Story of His Birth Parents

Woof Bark Bark Woofffff Baaaark Bark Woof.

For those of you who aren't dogs, that's dog language for "I'm taking over my Mom's blog today!" That's right, it's me, General here with you guys today! 

My mom asked if I'd write a few words about my birth parents. I looked at her, I was totally stunned.  
"Birth parents!?!? You mean I'm.... I'm.... I'm..... adopted??" My eyes welled up with tears and my sad puppy dog eyes grew 10 shades sadder. 

My mom fell to her knees and hugged me as I wrapped my two front legs around her neck. We stood there, crying together. Mom crying, saddened that she had just broken my heart. Me crying because I'll never know if my Mom and Dad were professional squirrel catchers or not. 

HAHA I'm just kidding... gotcha! I knew I was adopted, it was the greatest day of my whole life! You think I'd forget that? Naw, man. Naw. But yes, my birth parents were in fact professional squirrel catchers on the PSCT (Professional Squirrel Catcher Tour). 

My parents' love story was a classic American tale tail. My mom had 3 mean and nasty step sisters, and was forced to clean day in and day out. My dad was the Prince of Charming, a city about 48 miles south of Nashville. They first met at the town's fanciest ball, literally. It was over a fancy pink and yellow tennis ball that their eyes first met, and the rest (me) is history. 

I'm yanking your chain again, that's the popular fairytale better known as Cinderella. 

We could keep going round-n-round in circles like this, repurposing children's stories, or I could tell you about this really cool DNA test called the Wisdom Panel 3.0. It covers 250+ breeds, provides ancestry information (like if their dad was the prince of charming) and can even be done at homeKnowing exactly what breed your dog is can help them catch squirrels more efficiently, maintain proper nutrition, catch more squirrels than the neighbor dog, improve training and potentially even save their life.... also it could help them catch squirrels.  

Mars Veterinary, the industry leader in canine genetic testing (not related to my mom I don't think? I'll have to ask), is launching their next evolution of the canine DNA test, the Wisdom Panel® 3.0. They are not only expanding the breed screening coverage, but the medical applications with the new MDR1 Genetic Mutation screening.

In doggie terms? Detecting that your pup has a mutation could save his/her/its life and possibly prevent adverse reactions to some common drugs. I've already started nagging mom for a road trip, because Wisdom Panel will be conducting swabs on site in Austin at the Amazing Pet Expo August 1-2, for a discounted price of $39.99. They'll also be in Franklin, Tn in October, and Los Angeles in December. 

To purchase a kit, or for more information on the Wisdom Panel 3.0 not given to you by a dog, check out their website. You should also watch these testimonials and inspirational stories about my boy, Rocco and my girl, Happy. Follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest while you're at it! 

That of course means "over and out" in dog language! 
Thank you to Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0 for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own (as are General's!). 



  1. Oh this is cool. I would love to do this for Westley. I know he is Shih Tzu and something. Some day's I think poodle but who knows.

  2. I would totally do this! this is so cool, it's amazing that they have the technolofy to do this now!


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