Sorry for this text box guys! It is for this cool club shin-dig, #Chernobyl-Curs
, you all should join! it is very cool. This is character ref 1 of 2. (the second is a support character, this is the main!)
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Name: Oakley (Goes by the nickname: Wink)
Breed Base: Mostly based of Australian Shepherd
- Once humans are out, selective breeding goes away.
Age: 10 months
Height: 13 inches (to withers, or shoulders)
Abilities: None (normal dog),
Has a slight advantage of hearing, he can't see well so he relies greatly on hearing.
-Very Intelligent, anazlyzes events and competitors.
-aglitiy inclined, although he may not look it, he has the energy of his breed
-eye defects (all listed only effect left eye)
-currently he has a 5/20 vision, he can see objects, but they are very blurred. He mostly relies on the other eye to see.
-irregularly shaped pupil (as seen in ref, left eye)
-when bright lights are around, it gives him harsh head aches and makes him loose consentration
-Small (because he is young), once in hold of, he has little defense to push opponent off.
Personality: Naive and unaware of how the world really works, he is somewhat unsocial, and lacks self-confidence. He is very intelligent and goes after what he wants, and will not stop without success. Loving and innocent.
History: His life is normal, he seems to be an unsocial average joe. He uses his time to lay around during the day and goof around like usual pups his age do, but he loves the night, and will stay up and chart the stars in the dirt. His misfit best friend, and almost like a big brother; Flynn is always around doing something or another. Life is good until he hears of this competition. The game is on.
Likes: Astronomy, night, an open dirt canvas, and of course, Flynn
Dislikes: Tight Spaces (clausterphobic), bright lights (due to eye), too many dogs around (not a social outcast) Other:
*** Super IMPORTANT*** if you dont read anything esle, READ THIS!: (sorry for so much, I got carried away. I didn’t want to post so much… oh well. )
Wink is a double merle. This means his parents were both merles (it is a coat color) and he was born with 2 copies of the merle gene. The abbreviation "MM" is used to classify the homozygous trait that usual leads in hearing deficiencies, eye defects, vision loss, irregularly shaped pupil, light sensitive, abnormally small eye . Symptoms such as heart failures or a weak limbs are not produced through this. With the two copies of the merle gene, the effect of coat pattern is doubled, resulting in some to most of the coat turning white. This would be the reason for Wink’s white coat and his eye being the color and shape it is. His left eyes' ability is limited and is mostly blurred (as I had stated before), he has complete sight in his right eye, which means he only has one blind side.
The parents are not to blame here. It does not matter what type of merle, or how much they had. Due to the lack of humans for years and years, breeding had become what ever was convenient to the dogs. Meaning, that the merle trait could have come from anywhere and Wink just so happened to have the dice turned to receive it.
This is not a life threatening condition, dogs can live normal lives with it, with just a few complications . In order for any animal to be able to hear, the tiny hairs in the inner ear need to be pigmented. If these hairs are not, the nerve endings will atrophy and die in the first few weeks of life and deafness (full or partial) will result. You cannot tell the color of hairs in the inner ear by looking at any visible part of the dog’s ears (including the hair around the ear canal). Some Pattern White pups will be deaf (or have partial hearing loss), while others won’t, depending on where the pigment ends up. (Wink did not get this). And other conditions are loss of eye sight ,full/partial (again, wink has this, but only partial) and pigmentation of skin, coat, and nose. Some of the eye problems are visible. Many dogs will have multiple eye defects, and most of those will have some vision loss, sometimes to the point of blindness. The defects are generally stable, so if a pup has functional vision, that will probably not change as it mature
Remember: not all double merles are deaf, and not all are blind (and very few are both).