Hero is a rescue--so short of a DNA spit test off the WWW--we will never really know his ancestry.
What I do know is that he has the thicker hair (especially in the winter) around his neck and his ears are always at attention when I am talking to him or he is on a mission (such as running away). The dislike of cold weather and trembling when out of his comfort zone comes from his South of the Border ancestors.
My brother has taken up my mother's quest of searching for our family tree. My mother traced her "people" back to the Mayflower and good old Pilgrim Doty and those Scot-Irish ancestors who preceded him. My brother--NEVER to be outdone has taken up the search of our paternal side. At last report, he was back to merchants/accountants from England on the James side. IMAGINE---a James coming from England--some things seem rather obvious to me. Older brother is not one to leave any stone unturned and has engaged the services of an "expert". WHY? I have no idea, but he seems fascinated with our blood line.
The latest twist on the internet is to send in a saliva sample to have your DNA analyzed. SOMEONE is making a fortune off this and listen to the above warning! NOT that I would EVER be a Nay Sayer.
Personally I am more interested in where my crazies came from. Why am I who I am? The questions I have asked have nothing to do with blood line and a lot to do with personality types. I need to understand the why's of my life--why I react the way I do--why I have made the choices I have--why --why--why.
The truth of it all is that we are a factor of all these and more--including our environment. Hero is a walking example of ancestry and crazy and environment. Some inherited traits and some developed along the way as he has lived his life. Bottom line--Hero is still Hero!
There are two truths I hold to fiercely--
I am a child of the One True God--He has called me His own--Nothing can jerk me from His grasp.
No matter how crazy I may act or react--it is all redeemable in His eyes. God is in the business of redemption.
I am a wonderful intricate individual creation of God Almighty AND He loves me--exactly as I am--no matter what my gene pool or my crazies--He loves me.
But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.