Friday, January 29, 2021

Canine Genetics Lab at Clemson University - Gene Study on Orthopedic Issues In Poodles

 On facebook momma and I are in several poodle and Luxating Patella support groups.  We love connecting with other poodle owners and pets with LP.  We saw a post a few weeks back about a study being conducted at the Canine Genetics Lab at Clemson Univeristy.  It was for Poodles with Orthopedic diseases.  We clicked on the  survey and filled it out.

About an hour later we received this email:

"Thank you for completing the Toy and Miniature Poodle Orthopedic Disease Survey! My name is Lizzie Greif and I am the graduate student from Dr. Leigh Anne Clark’s Canine Genetics Lab at Clemson University who posted the survey. We are currently collecting buccal (cheek) swabs from poodles affected by orthopedic diseases. 

The purpose of this study is to identify the gene(s) contributing to the susceptibility of these orthopedic diseases, including Patellar Luxation and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Both Patellar Luxation and Legg-Calve-Perthes disease are prevalent across the Toy and Miniature poodle breeds. We hope to better understand the genetic component of these diseases and elucidate why poodles are more affected than other dogs. 

Can I send you a buccal swab kit to collect cells from your poodle? With the buccal swabs, our lab can extract DNA that can then be utilized to help identify a gene (or genetic factor) associated with the disease. This buccal kit includes free return shipping, we simply need your mailing address!

Thank you again for your response to the survey, and I hope to work with you further in this investigation to improve canine health!"

Its furry cool to be a part of a genetic research project.  Hopefully my sample will help them find out why orthopedic issues are so prevalent in my breed.  

A couple days later an envelope arrived in the mail.  

Inside was paperwork for momma and 2 swabs for me.

I'm having flashbacks to my DNA test circa 2017.


Yep I still don't care for that!

BOL but I seriously don't mind if it can be part of a research project to learn more about a medical condition that I live with.  So rock on Clemson University and research them genes!



Monday, January 18, 2021

New Car Seating Arrangements

Apparently momma got a furry strange idea in her brain that we needed to change up the car situation.  So I ended up here.  Rude.  I can't even reach the dashboard from here.  Ugg.  Rude!

I don't mind it at all Lucy.  

Please momma can I come back up front?  No?


*grrr* *woof* *GRRRRR*

 *Dramatic body flop*

Ok fine I sits here but I'm still NOT HAPPY!



Monday, January 11, 2021

Fleece Jumpers

 Nothing better in life than being snuggled down with momma and sissy in my fleece jumpers.



Friday, January 8, 2021


 Did you want to see some bloopers?

Suspicious Face....with my fur short I still rock the suspicious face!

Yum Yum Face!


Earless gremlin!



Wednesday, January 6, 2021

My 1st Professional Groom - At Cute By Curry

 It was a quiet Tuesday.  Nothing out of the ordinary until momma got home that evening.  She opened the door picked us up and whisked us away.  We ended up at Denise's Puppy Luvin' Resort.

Boarding, grooming and kenneling?

Momma said we are not being dropped off for boarding, but will be going to this building for grooming? 

  Wait...I am a chinese crested....What da heck?!!!??  Oh a paw-ticure and a butt-icure.  Ok.  I suppose, if you insist.

Well this happened.  The groomer was so kind and asked momma if she wanted to have my face, bangs and toesies cleaned up in addition to my other services.  Giving me a fresh new look.  She said yes and this is the result.  I LOVE IT!!!!  

*Ps Miss Misty even asked momma if she could take my picture in the salon.  You know my momma was super happies bouts that!  BOL  If she can come with me, a picture by the professionals is always welcome!  

Lucy whatcha think?  I got a profesional groom just like you get.  

I just feel so cool, light and fresh!!!! 

New year, New Poppy!

More pics coming with better lighting.  


Friday, January 1, 2021

Happy New Year and Snow?

  New years eve went kinda like this.  We  ran errands in the rain, got supper and were in bed by 8 and asleep by 9 something.

So from the comfort of our covers.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

We awoke New Years Day at 9 something to find we did infact get some snow.  

Upon further inspection it was more of a slush.  It was totally melted and puddled up at the back porch and I refused to walk through it.  Nope. Not gonna happen. Seems a little too much like rain water.  

I declare this false snow and wish it removed from my yard immediately.


Later that night the boom booms came back and scared me.  So momma got me tucked in super tight so I couldn't hear them and went right to sleep.