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Embark DNA Test Does It Again: Reuniting a Shelter Dog With His Long-Lost Sister

Embark DNA Test Does It Again And Reunites A Shelter Dog With His Sister

Sadly, a lot of dogs spend the majority of their life either on the streets or bouncing between shelters, desperately trying to find their forever home.

One of them is a 3-year-old mixed breed pup named Vardis, from Chicago, USA.

Throughout his whole life, he was alone, going from one foster home to another, but never finding that one place he could call a forever home.

Bouncing Between Shelters

 beautiful black dog with flowers on his collar
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Little Vardis had a tough puppyhood, but there is actually not a lot of information about him prior to arriving at the Chicago-based animal shelter called One Tail at a Time (OTAT).

In the summer of 2021, he was picked up by Chicago Animal Care and Control and brought to the OTAT adoption center.

There, they discovered that little Vardis had a bad case of pneumonia, which can be life-threatening if it’s not treated correctly.

Thankfully, the loving people at the OTAT animal shelter provided Vardis with all the medical care and love he needed, so he was able to make a full recovery. 

From there, Vardis went to his first foster home with Lynsey Loan. With Lynsey, he was finally able to experience what a happy life at home looks like.

dog sitting in park in autumn
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Interested in finding out what kind of dog Vardis actually was, Lynsey ordered an Embark dog DNA test.

When the results finally came back, everyone was shocked to find out that Vardis was actually 50% Golden Retriever, 45.5% American Bully, and 4.5% Bulldog. 

vardis genetic result
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Combined, Vardis was a 100% playful love bug.

From Lynsey’s home, Vardis went to another foster family, Jessica Jones, where he stayed for the entire year.

Embark DNA Testing Unveils A Miraculous Reunion

Over the 1.5 years that Vardis was a part of the OTAT animal shelter, he became a staff and volunteer favorite.

Everyone loved his big goofy energy, giant head, and sweet nature. His adoption description said:

“He is the sweetest, funnest, cuddliest, friendliest dog you’ll ever meet! He is a definite extrovert, and loves to get out of the house and meet the neighbors! He has lots of people and dog friends, and is always looking to make more.”

Although it was nice to have his DNA results, this didn’t exactly affect his day-to-day life, all until one day.

Then, Vardis’ first foster mom, Lynsey, received an email from someone who did the same kind of dog DNA test, and they found out that their dog was actually related to Vardis!

It turned out that Vardis had a long-lost sister named Brunch. 

two dogs sniffing each other on the lawn
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Lynsey immediately gave all the information to Jessica, and they were actually able to schedule a playdate for the two dogs.

“I was a little nervous leading up to the meeting because Brunch’s family had indicated that Brunch can be a little selective when meeting new dogs, and Vardis also has had mixed experiences with meeting other dogs,” Jones told The Dodo.

However, as soon as the two siblings saw each other, they were immediately very comfortable and almost like best friends. It was almost as if they were never apart.

They played together, explored the front yard with sniffs, and did zoomies in the backyard. It was heartwarming to see.

In the end, they both got their favorite snack – a cheese stick.

Hopefully, they will be able to meet again, but it is nice to know that Vardis is not all alone.

From Shelter To Family

dog sitting on the sofa at home
Source: Jessica Jones

Brunch’s family was unfortunately not the best fit for Vardis since both dogs required a single dog home, so Vardis’ lookout for a forever home continued.

After almost three years of living on the streets, bouncing from shelter to shelter, and going from one foster home to another, Vardis finally was adopted in March, 2023.

Vardis, who now goes by Bo, moved to Berwyn, Illinois, with his dad. He is absolutely thriving and is finally very loved.

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