I'll add my little buddy to the thread. Mini australian shepherd 9 months old. He's going to be a fantastic dog. Easily the smartest dog I've ever had. He also can't get enough of the snow....loves it.
Read an article/saw a show or something a week or two ago that talked about zebra stripes not being correct and was a result of inbreeding. Wonder if this is caused by the same thing....I'm betting it is.
This reminds me of something that happened to us a couple of years ago. I was in Mississippi with my two boys visiting my Dad, and (as we usually do when we go visit) we went on a float trip on the Bogue Chitto. When we arrived at the pullout, my older son found three kittens that had clearly been abandoned (they were very people friendly, definitely not feral). We collected them and were able to find a shelter in Tylertown the next day, literally just a few miles from where they had been abandoned.