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  • End of tale

    After weeks of anticipation, it's official: The dog that draws all that attention and all those questions is largely Rottweiler and chow

  • She's acting on her animal instincts

    Sure, my dog talks. He puts his nose on the doorknob when he needs to go out. He moans impatiently (but just once) when he thinks his daily trip to the park is being unnecessarily delayed. His head on the bed means "Can I come up?" And his tail in full curlicue says he's happy; when it droops,...

  • Down memory lane and over to 21229

    Maybe the reason I'm so interested in the past of my dog is because of the dogs of my past. The first was a collie named Tippy (named for the white tip of his tail). He was a present for my fifth birthday on Long Island, N.Y. Lassie was in its fourth season that year, 1958. Tippy, while he never...

  • A puzzle even for a pack of experts

    Few people have more intimate knowledge of my dog than Dr. John Trujillo does -- he did, after all, relieve Ace of his reproductive bits -- but as far as what Ace might be, breed-wise, Trujillo had never volunteered a guess and didn't particularly care. He gets the question from many mutt owners....

  • DNA test can reveal what mutt can't

    Inside every creature there is DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid. It has been called the blueprint for life, probably because that's much easier to say. Almost every cell in your body contains DNA, and within it, children's textbooks say, lies "all the information needed to make you what you are, from...

  • Basic breeds

    These are the 38 breeds identifiable through DNA testing by MMI Genomics, a wholly owned subsidiary of MetaMorphix Inc.

  • At shelter, barking up the wrong tree

    As reporters, we're not supposed to fall in love with those we write about -- no matter how soulful a set of eyes they flash at you. So sue me. I was working when I first laid eyes on Ace, visiting the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, known as BARCS, on a Saturday in October for an article...

  • A dogged quest

    A reporter's zealous pursuit of his pet's ancestry leads him down many trails, ending with a DNA test

  • About the series

    John Woestendiek has been a features reporter at The Sun for six years. Previously he worked as a reporter, columnist, national correspondent and editor at four other newspapers -- the Arizona Daily Star, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer and The Philadelphia Inquirer,...

  • In Md., dogs and dining don't mix

    Health officials tell Fells Point pub that pets unwelcome at bars, restaurants

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