Nobody is quite sure of our Penny’s heritage.
Usually when you get a puppy you are at least aware of the mother’s type, but in Penny’s case she was found wandering the streets so her lineage is a massive great question mark, and shall remain so as I have no intention of forking out wads for DNA tests. Anyway, it’s more fun to guess.
The vets all claim she is a Lurcher but she doesn’t look like one. We had an official judgment that she’s a Lurcher/Collie cross, but that’s a load of bollox too. I grant that her head is lean and pointy, and she is incredibly fast [if she can bother to get off her arse and run] but that’s the only Lurcher aspect. The rest of her is…. how shall I put this?… rotund? She’s not exactly fat as I can feel her ribs if I poke hard enough but her body is definitely out of proportion to her head. The nearest I could suggest is that maybe her head and legs are Lurcher, her tail is Collie and everything else in between is Bull Mastiff.
She does have incredible eyesight which would also be a small Lurcher/sight-hound pointer. She can see things that aren’t there. Leastwise every night she goes tearing off into the darkness chasing an imaginary cat. She crashes around in the undergrowth and haring across the lawn before finally deciding that enough is enough whereupon she trots indoors again, looks for a biscuit before climbing onto my bed and falling asleep.
Once she actually found a real cat which surprised the hell out of her.
She does have one peculiarity though which is more scent-hound than sight-hound – she can smell blood at fifty paces. I am forever scratching myself, usually any time I set foot outside the house though occasionally indoors too. I blame all the brambles where are everywhere [and outdoors as well]. Anyhows I will be sitting there minding my own business when I get a fierce poke of the nose, and she will start rearranging me until she can get at my latest scratch. Having found it [and it may only be visible under a microscope] she will attempt to lick it very gently. Usually I move her away, but sometimes I don’t. It depends on where the scratch is.
Some people may say that’s unhygienic but believe me it’s not as unhygienic as some of the things I get up to and anyway, I haven’t caught Rabies yet.
I don’t really care what make, model or breed she is. She is great fun, incredibly loyal and very loving.
When she isn’t asleep that is.
Which isn’t often…