This is our dog, Henry. Isn't he handsome? We got him from our county's animal shelter in Feb/March of 2009; he was about 7 months old at that point. He's gotten away from us a few times, and I have to say he is an extremely fast runner witha lot of nervous energy once he gets going, so I wouldn't be surprised if he had been someone's dog at some point (instead a stray from birth) and just started running one day, and didn't stop 'til the animal warden caught up w/him. The picture just down to the right, where he has his favorite, red, outside toy, is from June of '09, and you can see he still has a lot of "puppy" in his look there.
Anyway....any thoughts as to what kind of dog he might be? During the adoption process we read on his paperwork that the shelter thought he might be a sheltie/retriever mix, and when people have asked us since we brought him home, that's what I have said as well. But I'm not really sure; a sheltie's nose has a pretty distinctive shape and Henry's nose doesn't quite match that. He does have a lot of the golden retriever "look" about him - but he just isn't that big, he's only about 40 lbs. We have a golden next door to us and even allowing for genetic size differences, Henry is definitely much smaller in comparison.
I know there is now a blood test that can be done on dogs, to try and pin down this kind of information - but it is expensive, and it's not crucial to us that we know. I'm just curious to see what all the dog lovers out there think!
He's such a good boy; I wasn't really crazy about getting a dog and only went ahead with it for my husband's and childrens' sake. But Henry has become my buddy, and he's such a good boy. The cats get their exercise by chasing him around - which adds some excitement to his day as well! It has been a good thing so far!