The puppy’s unique appearance resulted in him being named Pistachio – after his lovely green tinge.
It’s incredibly rare for a dog to be born with green-coloured fur and it’s thought to happen when light-coloured puppies come into contact with a green pigment called biliverd in their mother’s womb. This is the same pigment which causes the green colour on bruises on the skin.However, it seems Pistachio’s colouring will not last forever. In fact, it’s already starting to fade (compared to the colour it was on the day of his birth) and will continue to do so as he gets older.
The rest of Pistachio’s litter will be given away to new homes, but owner Cristian will keep the unique pup and train him up to work on the farm he owns with his brother-in-law Giannangelo Liperi, on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia. Pistachio will learn to look after the farm’s sheep with his mother Spelacchia – which is Italian for ‘mangy.’Cristian says that green is a symbol for hope and luck – something we all could do with a little more of during the coronavirus pandemic. He hopes Pistachio’s story will put a smile on people’s faces.
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In other dog news, a nine-year-old Golden Retriever called Claude – who was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2018 – has had a party to celebrate the end of her radiotherapy.
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