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  • kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Bett, Have you tried maybe using a different browser? Idk if that would work or not. I didn’t do the expedited DNA but I did donate and I was able to get that to work. I was using Google Chrome.

    in reply to: How long is the wait time on this? #6430
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Well I can see how it would look like a bait and switch initially, but I think it’s an attempt to encourage donations. Unfortunately unless they get more money they can’t do anything about processing these kits any faster. I think it’s fair that they give people a “reward” for donating that much, even though this means I’ll be moved down as they move ahead lol. I’m not able to donate that much right now but I gave a small amount cause I figure every little bit helps. If everyone gave a little that would add up to a lot and we could get our results faster. They’re kinda helpless here because they aren’t able to do anything about it without adequate funding. I’m sure they would love to be able to process them all and get all the results as well.

    in reply to: I Just Donated! #6429
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    I’m not sure it will matter at all but I had to try. I think people just want to be negative. It really sucks.

    in reply to: Why are people complaining? #6428
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    Amen! I get so frustrated seeing all the complaints. I can’t help but wonder how many people are donating anything at all? People can complain and get mad but without the funding they just can’t do anything about it. I’m sure they would love to process all the tests and get all the results as well. I just hate it for them. They have to get so tired of reading all the complaints.

    in reply to: How long is the wait time on this? #6418
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    I guess I’m just excited to be getting one at all, because I would never do it otherwise. I figure even if it takes 5 years……it’s something I would never have gotten otherwise. I do love that so many people have mutts! I think too I’m glad there is such a backlog because it means there are sooooo many people/dogs participating and that excites me. I am super fascinated by this and can’t wait to see what they are able to discover from the entire study. I was so intrigued that by the time I finished the surveys I had forgotten I was getting a DNA kit. Lol. I think it’s likely that they may have been overwhelmed by the amount of participation they received. Hopefully that means they will get lots of good information out of it! The limited funding they had just couldn’t keep up. Now that they can take donations that should help.

    in reply to: Embark Raw Data #6416
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Vivian that is genius! I wouldn’t have thought about that! I’m gonna have to get people I know who had their dogs DNA tested to do that!

    in reply to: Confused #6415
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    The trailblazer level is so fascinating. I wish I could afford to do that. I’m so excited about this survey and super fascinated by it! I wish I could contribute that much (both $ and scientifically by getting that in depth analysis). I know it will be many years but I look forward to seeing what comes from this study.

    in reply to: How long is the wait time on this? #6414
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    This is a study and not a for profit business. The funds are being donated to help contribute to the study, not for a profit. It really shouldn’t be about getting something in return. It should be about helping the study. I would never spend the money for a DNA kit for my dogs just because I don’t care that much what they are and it would just be for entertainment, but I will feel good about spending it to contribute to a study about dogs and it is an added bonus that I get something out of it!

    in reply to: Genetics and dog vocalization #6187
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    This is very fascinating. That makes so much sense! I am dog sitting my parent’s Newfoundland this week and she generally barks when she wants to go outside. However, I’ve discovered that at my house she does this “roar”……..(when she yawns noisily it sounds like a roar and my dad wanted to teach her to do that on command, so I have been working on that with her and exchanging ear rubs for roars.) I found it interesting that she does this at my house when she wants out because she has learned that this noise gets her things. Their other dog never makes any noise. He is a country dog and basically roams free when outside, which is whenever he wants. With your explanation above that makes total sense! All my dogs growing up were not barkers and we always lived in the country where the dogs were just free, so they rarely were in any conflicts when they’d need to bark. Interesting!

    in reply to: Black Mouth Cur “purebred” or no #6173
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Dave that’s what happened to me with my Dexter…..well sort of. The shelter labeled him as an Australian Shepherd mix. At some point a Blue Heeler/Australian Cattle Dog was mentioned and I googled and was shocked. I’m convinced he has that in him. I know you can’t judge mutts by looks but I feel certain he has to!

    Thanks for the response Jesse! I really didn’t expect a specific answer so that’s awesome. I’m glad to hear there are purebreds because I’m sure that will help with the study. My parents have a Newfoundland and a mutt and I’m going to get them involved as well. I’m super fascinated by this whole thing!

    in reply to: Black Mouth Cur “purebred” or no #6168
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    I’m not sure why I thought this was only for mutt’s either. Do you have many pure-breed dogs participating in the study? I just wonder since it seems like people are interested in taking part because of the DNA kit results. My parents have a Newfoundland and a mutt. I’m getting them involved. I’ve also shared this study with the Facebook group for the dog classes I am involved in. There are many pure-breed dog owners in those classes. I know you are backlogged and have a lot of interest……but I figure it’s better to have too much interest than not enough! 🙂

    in reply to: DNA kit update #6176
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Jennifer I love your dogs name! I have my dog’s in classes and there is a Golden Retriever named Snitch……a Golden Snitch! I love it. Too cute! I have a dog named Luna. 🙂

    in reply to: Sequencing Complete; analysis underway #6163
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    Wow. That is a very thorough explanation. I enjoy it. I like that we get to learn a little about the process as well. Becky I totally get where you are coming from as I have a dog that is the same! He has anxiety and is very reactive. If he wasn’t lucky enough to have me for an owner I’m certain no one else would have had him. It breaks my heart to think there are dogs out there like him with no homes. I think this whole study is fascinating!

    in reply to: Mutt Project #6146
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
    Participant

    I just love this whole thing. I love that mutts are getting studied. I’m very partial to mutts!

    in reply to: Interesting Behaviors #5473
    kristen johnson 2
    kristen johnson 2
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    My Dexter loves to roll in towels! Clean, dirty, smelly, wet, etc. It doesn’t matter. He rubs his head and neck all over them while keeping his butt in the air before rolling over on his back and wiggling around while biting and pulling at the towel. It’s pretty adorable! He will pull them out of the laundry baskets and my gym bag. He is very aware when someone gets out of the shower. He’s quite obsessed. It never gets old!

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