izzy is a perfect example of why people should consider mix breeds from pounds. after 16 years of a long happy life she has alas headed where all the good doggies go. izzy was one tough-cookie with a will to live; none of these pansy health problems pure breeds endure. according to the humane society from which we retrieved her, she was abandoned as a puppy by abusive owners. in her younger years she swelled up from an allergic reaction to a bee sting, sliced all the tendons in her foot from metal garden edging, and got hit by a car (14 years ago)! see what i mean by longevity? one of the smartest dogs i've ever seen, she had the uncanny ability to heard our family and other pets. how did she know she could cheer you up with a wag of a tail and that warbling, speech-like bark? she was a one great hound.