Tuesday, June 12, 2007

We Should Have Named Him Spot

When we first brought Newton home, his skin was easily visible through his fine, white fur, and it was a uniform, bright pink. A couple of months ago, we noticed what looked like a large, faint bruise on his belly. But than, rather than fading away, the discoloration darkened. And then it invited some friends over. So now, Newton's abdomen looks like this:

You may not be able to tell from this photo, but his stomach is covered in large, dark, irregular freckles. The spots extend forward up his chest, under the thicker fur there, as far as his armpits. They also extend as far aft as the rear edges of his thighs . Apparently this sudden appearance of melanin is not unusual in dogs reaching adulthood. Hmm. Who knew?

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