Astro

5th Aug, 2021

Written by Catherine Eltringham 

Professional photography by David Edgcumbe Photography

In early July 2018, a message popped up on my work group chat: one of the girls had found a tiny brown puppy in the middle of the road on their way through Edendale in Pietermaritzburg. She’d taken him to the Hilton vet, and he’d go into the system unless someone wanted him. I couldn't believe my luck, as I’d really wanted a dog – he came at the perfect time!

On my way home, I went past the vet, fell in love with this little round, furry ball and went home to convince my housemates that he’d make the perfect commune dog. A day or so later, Astro arrived home!

We were told that he’d be a medium-sized dog, and that’s exactly how he turned out, but no one could’ve imagined just how handsome, full of energy, smart and kind he’d end up being.

Astro is now three years old. He lived with my housemates and me for a year-and-a-half, then with my parents, brother and girlfriend, and now he’s back with my boyfriend and me… and we couldn’t be happier.

Astro is unbelievably fast, and we were often asked what breed of dog he was. The best we could say was a “Street Special” until we came across MuttMix and found out for sure!

Astro’s MuttMix Results:

        Level 2                        German Shepherd Dog

        Level 3                        Poodle

        Level 4                        American Staffordshire Terrier

None of us could believe the Poodle, but I guess he had to get his wits from somewhere. The descriptions fit his personality perfectly, and finally some of his physical characteristics made sense.

From being the street dog for around four weeks, he’s now the owner of this house. The couches, bed, and pillows are all his, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Dominique of MuttMix adds…

The German Shepherd has come through quite strongly in the facial features (especially those ears). Poodle is found in a lot of mixed breeds as they’re common in “designer” dogs (German Shepherd + Poodle = Shepadoodle) but adding in that Amstaff would make for a fairly strong and intelligent dog!

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