January 27, 2006
January's author on Dog Read was Susan Thorpe-Vargas, author of Genetics and Breeding Strategies: Essays for the Dog Breeder. We have had a wonderful month discussing genes and their mutations and selecting on phenotype. One thing that did not come up for discussion though was the digging gene, which seems to be dominant in both Darcy and Red Rose's lineage. Jenna has turned Deb's back yard into a hard hat area, permanently under construction. My back yard is paved, but by the time Dusty left our camp site last weekend it looked as though a colony of wombats had spent the weekend. And half sister Scarlet seems to have inherited the trait too. Though she obviously can't understand what the fuss is about.