Furry Family + Canine DNA test – Scottsdale

This post is sponsored by Mars Veterinary Wisdom Panel 3.0


Dogs really become a true family member don’t they? I remember taking this photo when Mr. Wonderful and I were dating, he came to visit me when I was at my parents back in Northern California – this is just down the street at Folsom Lake. I was setting up my camera on a tripod to get it to focus and told Benjamin to hold Paris. A truck of high school boys drove by and it looked as if I was taking a photo of this tall guy with his little dog. The sounds of laughter erupted as they stuck their head out and when I realized what they were laughing about, I started to chuckle too (not telling him what had happened). I told him after we took this photo or else he wouldn’t have posed!

Paris has been living with my parents after I moved to Los Angeles after college graduation, a remission from cancer/anniversary gift to my dad. I saw how much joy Paris brought my dad, so I left him behind. Yes, I named my male dog Paris, it’s so fitting and Paris in Greek mythology was a man.

A few things I love about Paris’s personality:

  • He spins in circles when he wants to go outside
  • If asked for his opinion, he will sniff treat bags and use his paw to tap which treat he wants
  • He licks his lips when he’s hungry or thirsty
  • He will jump into an open bag if you tell him to

Paris is full AKC registered with papers but I know there are many pups who are mixed-breed dogs but even knowing or not knowing your dog’s breed, you’re still not sure about their health history – yes, just like family health history!


Wisdom Panel 3.0 is a canine DNA test by canine genetic testing industry leader Mars Veterinary. The test allows mixed-breed dog owners to find reliable breed ancestry information that can be critical for their dog’s nutrition, training and overall healthcare.

For example, your dog might have MDR1 (Multi-Drug Resistance 1) a genetic mutation found in some herding and sighthound breeds, and many mixed-breeds. Dogs with MDR1 may have severe adverse reactions to some common drugs, so it is important to test mixed-breed (and purebreds with the high-propensity breeds) dogs and for owners to share  this information with their veterinarian so they can provide their furry family member with for the best care.


Wisdom Panel® 3.0 covers 250+ breeds and provides ancestry information going back to great-grandpup! It also screens for MDR1 Genetic Mutation, and predicted weight profile.

How it works:

  • Can be done at home and consists of two swabs – owner rubs between the gum and cheek for 15 seconds
  • Results take 2-3 weeks
  • Can be used for mixed-breed, purebred and designer dogs – owner pics at time of kit activation.

Benefits of DNA testing your dog:

  • To see if your dog has MDR1 mutation for drug sensitivity
  • Develop an effective training program that works with their breed’s natural instincts
  • Develop a breed-specific nutrition plan.
  • Ability to lookout for any breed-specific health concerns or common issues.

Just in time for Christmas – check out his mean mug! He wasn’t really happy with this, as you can tell by his face. It makes me laugh!



Wisdom Panel® 3.0 Canine DNA Test Kit includes:

  • Instructions
  • DNA cheek swabs – all for use on one dog
  • Drying insert for swabs
  • Pre-paid return shipping box

You can find more information and purchase a kit at www.WisdomPanel.com and find the Wisdom Panel 2.0 at select brick and mortar retailers

Live in the greater Phoenix area?

Saturday, December 5 in Scottsdale Arizona, Wisdom Panel will be at the Holiday Pet Festival. You can take your dog to this event and swab onsite for a discounted price of $39.99. If you want a take home kit, they can be purchased for $49.99 (reg. $84.99).

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I can’t think of a better way to care for your furry family member. I love their little personalities, I truly think they are one of the sweetest little blessings in life. I can’t wait to see his little face soon, he is now 13 years old (68 in human years).


Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in her garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party.


  • Rachel

    He’s half Boxer and half German Shepherd. Both parents were purebred. Bet someone fixed their fence after that ‘oops’! He’s a great dog, though – Super smart with a kind, quiet disposition. He visits Alzheimer’s patients in a nursing home as a therapy dog every week.

  • Rachel Grimm

    I found an abused dog abandoned on the side of the road 2 years ago. My mom fell in love with him and now they are inseparable. He is such a perfect gentleman, even though he is 90 lbs! My mom had him DNA tested, since we knew nothing of his background. :)


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