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Canis familiaris –
A Luna Legacy
Coyotes, wolves and the domestic dog all belong to the same family, Canidae, and are fairly closely related. This is scientifically designated as species having the same genus names, Canis. The name, Canis is assigned for the group's prominent canine teeth. Frequently, members of the same genus may interbreed but the offspring produced would not be fertile unless each was of the same species. This is how the “coy dog” came about.
The domestic dog is thought to be developed from the above related species over thousands of generations of selective breeding by both primitive and modern man. Dogs have been useful to mankind going back many, many years for hunting, companionship, herding, policing, assisting, and fetching among other things. Canine remains have even been found in the ancient pyramids as well as with the artifacts of primitive man like those found buried on Frontenac Island in Cayuga Lake from some five thousand years ago.
Luna Fortunata, the Senecayuga mascot for more than 15 years would be termed by taxonomists (classifiers) as C. familiaris Golden Retriever, a subspecies or specific variety dog. Luna Fortunata Russo was born September 4, 1995 and was recorded as being one of the oldest Golden Retrievers in history when she left our world in the late fall of 2010.
Her longevity was attributed to her diet and exercise. Luna would eat straight, dry dog food once daily unless one of her secret admirers would slip her a table scrap or two on rare occasion. She loved tomatoes, however, either from the vine or sneaked off the counter top while standing on her hind legs when she thought no one was looking. As for her exercise, she would faithfully fetch floats thrown far out in the lake, repeatedly jumping off the dock after them until the person could not throw the float any longer. In addition, the dog would also fetch submerged objects near shore, blowing bubbles under water through her nose as she looked for them . Furthermore, on land, the dog would retrieve objects over many yards and faithfully return them time after time for a half of a tiny dog biscuit. Luna not only enjoyed fetching but also enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, surf boarding, power boating, and riding in her friend's BMW convertible where she would serve as an additional (h)airbag.
Luna was a fun dog and often made people laugh with her antics, skilled athleticism, and curiosity. One time as the family gathered around a spider suspended from the ceiling on its silk strand to scientifically observe it, Luna stuck her head in between the circle of humans to also observe the spider. In sniffing it she inhaled it into her right nostril. Realizing it wasn't anything good to smell, she gave the spider the ride of its life exhaling it across the room with her powerful nose. The spider survived but it appeared to be a little dizzy afterwards, still swinging back and forth on its silk strand.
The funny lookin' salesperson with the long nose will still be present at our office in spirit and will continue to be featured in our advertising with her regular witty real estate proverbs and voluminous natural history articles.