What is Jenny?

Last week I posted a photo of my daughter’s dog, Jenny,  and asked you to guess what kind of dog she was.  We had her DNA tested and this is the result.

Jenny is:

25% Beagle

25% Boston Terrier

12.5% American Staffordshire Terrier (Which is pit bull)

37.5% Breed Group of Sporting and Hound dog

 

I was a little shocked, but I will tell you that I was really shocked when I got Lady’s DNA back.  Here’s a picture of lady.  (Post Lady picture)

Hubby met Lady at a junkyard when she came up and rolled over at his feet. The junkyard owner asked hubby if he wanted a dog and said something along the lines of, “If not, I’ve got to do something with her.”  He said she was a stray and it sounded like he might hurt her.  So hubby came home with a dog and an old Ranchero.

The vet said she would have died in a week.  She was a very sick girl.  We are talking over two thousand dollars in vet bills the first few months.  But she was worth every penny.

She’s very smart.  She is meek and sweet to friends we have over to the house.  But if a stranger, like a contractor comes in, she’s not so sweet. She can be very protective. If a stranger comes in and gets too close to me, she will get behind them and nip at their ankles or calves. She’s not too keen on other dogs.  She has lots of dog friends, but strange dogs, may get nipped at if they come and try to smell her backside.  I don’t blame her. If someone tried to smell mine…

So…what is she?  They also included pictures of other dogs with similar DNA for us to see—dogs that looked so much like Lady that we were stunned.

 

 

So what type of dog do you think Lady and these other similar dogs are?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway!!

Leave a comment and I will send one person a C.C. Hunter T-shirt and a dog toy.  (Sorry, this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. If you’re reading this on Goodreads, you must post on my blog page to enter.)

Winner!!

So last week, I asked you to guess what Jenny was. This winner of my giveaway is Amanda H. Congratulations! You’ve won a signed copy of Don’t Breathe a Word and a dog toy. Please email your postal address to christie@christie-craig.com, and I’ll send you your prize.

What Am I?

Well many of you know that I had my DNA checked a couple of years back and what a trip it was discovering what I am.  Most of us have this curiosity, a need to know, a need to understand what makes us who we are and where we came from.

Can I say that the same goes for our pets?  I get stopped and asked what kind of dog Lady is all the time.  And when I learned that they have a DNA test for dogs, well, I was all over that. I hinted at possibly getting this for a Christmas gift. My daughter, who also wanted one for her dog, put it on her wish list as well.  So, my son and his girlfriend got me one for Christmas.  I haven’t gotten the results yet, but I can’t wait! My daughter’s husband and her daughter also bought one for my daughter, and she already got hers back.  So today, I want to introduce you to Jenny.

A shelter rescue, they got her when she was eight weeks old.  I’ve always thought Jenny, was part whippet, mainly because of her body shape and spindly legs. The shelter claimed she was part Beagle and part Boxer.  I never saw any beagle in the animal.  Boxer, maybe.

She’s almost two years old now.  She stands about twenty inches at the shoulders and weighs forty pounds.  Now personality wise—because I believe certain breads do have personality tendencies—that dog is a bit neurotic.  Okay, I’m lying, she’s really neurotic.  Like don’t ever leave me alone neurotic.  Like if you do leave me, something is gonna get chewed up neurotic.  Like if you are sitting, she’s in your lap neurotic. It doesn’t matter if she’s too big because she’ll find a way to fit—and granted she can curl up into a tiny ball. Not that she really fits, but that’s beside the point.  She sees herself as a small lap dog, and don’t you try to tell her otherwise. In fact, she’s the kind of dog that can’t get too close.  Have you ever met a dog who tries to crawl into your armpit? Well, that’s Jenny. And can you tell she’s a boney little canine.  That girl has sharp bones.  Try sleeping with her, ouch!  Yes, she comes and stays at my house once or twice a year.

But did I tell you she’s also sweet?  Yup, she’s a lover.  She has a tongue like a lizard and loves to French kiss.

So my daughter got Jenny’s DNA back.  What do you think she is?

Try to guess what she is and one person who leaves a post will get a doggie toy and a signed print copy of Don’t Breathe a Word. (This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only.)

Next week, I hope to have Lady’s DNA back and I’ll blog about her.  What can I say, I love those puppies!

Giving Back

I know how fortunate I am.  I have a loving family, a nice house, and I job I adore.  Yea, we’ve had some health challenges with hubby’s kidney transplant, but I think it’s when something like that happens, it makes you grateful for what you do have, what’s going well.

So, why not give back? There are a few charities that I like to support, charities that help children and animals. I always give to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Founded by actor Danny Thomas, St. Jude’s  mission “is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.” And no child is turned away, even if they can’t pay. So, that’s a charity that’s close to my heart.

As I’ve talked about over the years, I love animals and have had numerous dogs and cats in my household. This is my wonderful dog Lady, who hubby rescued from a junkyard. She’s one of the lucky ones, but so many animals are abused and neglected.  So animal charities are another passion of mine and another place where I choose to put my money.

It’s been so sad to watch the news of the wildfires in Australia. They said over a billion animals have died. There are charities helping out with the care of injured animals in Australia, like the World Wildlife Fund. They all need our help.

So as we go forward into 2020, please keep those (people and animals) less fortunate in mind.

Do you have a favorite charity or organization you like to give to? Do you volunteer anywhere?

Great News!

Well, 2020 is shaping up to be a very busy year, and I’ve got some great news for you. I’ve finished sexy cold case Detective Conner’s story! Yes, the third book in my Texas Justice series is done. Don’t Look Back will be out later this year, and it’s a doozie! More news? I’m working on another Christie Craig book. Do you like sexy cowboys? This one will be a humorous mystery with a western slant. But I’ll let you know more about that as I get further along with the story. Till then, I’ll be hold up, writing away in my study, except for book signings.

Speaking of book signings…On Jan. 11th Lark Brennan, Leslie Marshman and I will be at Murder By the Book in Houston, TX at 1:00 PM. I’ll be signing Don’t Breathe a Word and my C.C. Hunter YA Three Heartbeats Away, Lark will be signing Shadows of the Past, and Leslie will be signing Good Over Evil. Come join the fun!  For more details check their Events page.

 

Then, I’ll be at Teen Bookfest by the Bay 2020 at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, TX on Jan. 25th, 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Join me for book signings, writers’ workshops, Manga Mania and more! Admission is FREE! Check out the amazing line up of authors at Bookfest By the Bay.

 

 

I realize not everyone can make it to my signings and events. But if you always wanted a signed copy of one of my books, that’s not a problem. You can order signed copies through ApollyCon until Jan. 10th.  So you better hurry! ApollyCon is annual, multi-day reader event featuring Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult authors, panel programming, and social events, owned by NYT bestselling author, Jennifer L. Armentrout. But you don’t have to attend their conference to order your signed copies from ApollyCon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Haven’t read books 1 & 2 in my Texas Justice series and want to catch up before Don’t Look Back comes out? Don’t Close Your Eyes (Book 1) is on sale for only $1.99 and Don’t Breathe a Word (Book 2) is on sale for only $2.99. So order your copies now and get ready for Don’t Look Back.

Order Don’t Close Your Eyes for only $1.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble,  and Apple Books.

Order Don’t Breathe a Word for only $2.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Apple Books.

Wishing you health and happiness in 2020!