My How She’s Grown

As a first-time dog owner, it’s been amazing to watch how quickly our puppy is growing, and how she’s changing in little ways.  Just this past week we grew concerned over some emerging dark spots on her groin area.  She’s been struggling with puppy pyoderma (a bacterial skin infection), and we thought maybe this was a sign it was getting worse.  Turns out, it’s just her natural coloring coming through!  Who knew!  At the same visit, the vet took a closer look at Lucy’s different traits and gave a more educated guess on her breeds – LabRetriever (which we knew) and Shar Pei.  Shar Pei?!  But it makes a lot of sense – coarse hair, curled tail, and the wrinkles on her forehead and folds around her neck.  The fuzzy beard she’s growing on her face still possibly indicates some Terrier, but who knows.  Rescue shelter dogs are such a fun mystery.

Just for kicks, here’s a picture of a Lab-Shar Pei mix we found on the internet (this is NOT MY DOG):

Shar Pei/Lab Mix (NOT MY DOG)

Shar Pei/Lab Mix (NOT MY DOG)

Our Lucy girl - Shar Pei/Lab mix?  Maybe!  Can you see the extra folds around her neck?  Yummy!

Our Lucy girl - Shar Pei/Lab mix? Maybe! Can you see the extra folds around her neck? Yummy!

Here you can see Lucy's wrinkles on her head a bit clearer.  In person they are very distinctive.

Here you can see Lucy's wrinkles on her head a bit clearer. In person they are very distinctive.

I’m sure our curiosity will get the better of us, and some day we’ll try one of those fancy doggie DNA tests.  For now we’re just having fun discovering all her physical traits and personality quirks and such.  There’s something new practically every day!