Entering my senior year I never imagined adopting a dog, much less a puppy. I was still busy trying to answer the question that plagues seniors everywhere, “what exactly do I want to do after graduating?” The first week of school, my friend came over with a surprise, a 4-months-old nugget of a pup (then-named Conley) that she was fostering. One week later, I decided to adopt this ball-of-energy. Here are the top three reasons that make him so unique.
- Those eyes! I was immediately mesmerized by Cuevo’s unique eyes, one blue and the other dark. I’d find out later that like humans, dogs too can genetically inherit heterochromatic eyes. I actually ran a genetic test on Cuevo and was able to find the source, his Australian Shepherd ancestry.
- He’s one-of-a-kind. Before the results of his genetics test, I thought for sure that Cuevo was primarily black lab. I could not have been more wrong. Cuevo is amazingly composed of six different breeds! He’s mainly Australian Shepherd, but also part American Bulldog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Border Collie, Great Pyrenees, and Labrador Retriever Mix. The results also give a predicted weight for Cuevo, between 61-91 lbs. And as you can see in the below pictures, he’s well on his way there.
- His story. Cuevo is actually a survivor of the August 2016 floods that ravaged Louisiana. Cuevo was lucky though. According to his records, he and his siblings were found in a backyard and picked up by the local police. From there, he made his way to the Wolf Trap Animal Rescue based here in McLean, VA. Today, although Cuevo is still frightened by storms, he is showing great improvement!