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Hi Martha, unfortunately we are not able to send kits out of the U.S. You are still more than welcome to participate in completing all behavioral surveys. We hope in the future to be able to send out kits to different countries, but as of right now we cannot. We apologize, and do appreciate your participation in any way!
Hello - also living outside the US. I have family living North of Boston. Can they pick up the DNA kits? They will be visiting me soon.
Irene, you can certainly use the Boston area address, however much of our mailing process is (at least partially) automated and depending on how seen they will be visiting you, it's not likely that we would be able to properly coordinate the timing. But more importantly, shipping the kits to locations outside the US is not as much of a problem as getting them back. International shipping is more expensive, but we can put additional postage on an outgoing kit if needed. The kits, however, include a prepaid business reply mail lable which is only valid from within the US.
Yet another hurdle is that you have more that one dog enrolled. We prefer to only send one kit to a household at a time otherwise it is very easy for samples to get confused - even with leaving a minimum of a week between the shipment of mutliple kits to the same household we are still getting back several that are clearly swapped between dogs which takes some time for us to fix up in the database. Worse yet, we have several where it is completely ambigous as to which dog which saliva sample is for. We may not be able to use these samples as all.
If there is a US address that you have regular/frequent access to, that would work great. But otherwise it may be best to wait until we can expand our shipping to other countries.
Thank you Jesse. My dad will be here on Jan 21. My mom arrives in March/April. I know you don't know me, but I will promise with all my promises to make sure the swabs are not mixed. I'll update my address to my mom's where I still receive regular mail.
To be honest, as Flora is the one that is extremely different (looks, personality etc) from her mom, dad and siblings, I'm dying to find out what her DNA will tell me.
My husband lives in Colorado but I and the dog live in South Africa. So I could ask him to send the kit to me. If I put his address on my profile will you send him a kit when it becomes available? `
We're very curious as to what Sansa might be as we've had all kinds of random suggestions. She's medium small about 12kg but I even heard one lady suggest she might be part Rhodesian Ridgeback because of the funny way her hackles stand up when angry.
I live in the UK, and would really love to take part in the full project! I am very interested in finding out about Moose's genetic make up, and hope that we can participate sometime in the future. Please, please make the kits available in other countries!
Hi Janice, please take a look at our most recent post about this topic to answer your question. We are more than happy to have you still participate in the behavioral aspects of this research! Thank you.
To expand on the above, branching out internationally is definitely a goal. Unfortunately, for the time being it is in the long-term goals pile. We're still working out kinks in the DNA processing - this is the immediate priority. Once we have that pinned down, we'll be streamlining everything so we can get our current samples through efficiently. Only then will we likely dive into branching out internationally.
It is bouncing around our minds though and periodically comes up at our team meetings. We suspect when we get to the point of international collection it will likely not be through our group sending kits across the ocean, but instead building a collaboration with labs (laboratories, not labradors) in other countries that could be the local hub for kits in that area: there is no reason for dog spit to take an international flight when all we really need is data that can be transmitted digitally (once collected).
So the likelihood of new nations being involved in sampling will be correlated with whether there are interested researchers in that area and how readily we can build those collaborations (once we get to that point). By those criteria expansion to the UK should likely go well. We've already had good people there volunteer to help with this - but we're just not quite at that stage yet.
I'm sure you know your field far better than I do of course, but may I suggest looking into collaborating with SLU dog genetics group in Sweden, if and when your project expands? Since we're such a small country, perhaps we're not exactly on your radar so I thought I should mention it at least. :D