In just over a month, it will be a year since we lost our golden princess to an aggressive case of Leukaemia.
Even though this isn’t the same type of cancer Aspen had, I still thought of her when I read the following:
Recently, scientists discovered the point of origin for a common canine cancer. According to researchers, this highly contagious cancer in dogs has been traced to an ancient Malamute type dog.
A Canine Transmissible Venereal tumour is passed from one dog to another through sex, licking or even touching one another.
CTV is common in street dogs throughout the developing world, but has not yet entered countries such as Canada or the United States.
Geneticist, Elizabeth Murchison, and her team have learned that the cancer is a living fossil and the tumours contain the DNA of a single ancient dog who lived 11,000 years ago.
Pretty darn neat, eh?