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“Bundle of Joy” Bamm-Bamm Finds His Home


Bamm-Bamm, a black American Pit Bull Terrier puppy.

At just four months old, little Bamm-Bamm shares a few similarities with his namesake, Bamm-Bamm Rubble from The Flintstones. They’re both strong for their age and they were both adopted by loving parents.

“As soon as we laid eyes on him, we knew he was our guy,” say Patrick and Kendra, Bamm-Bamm’s adoptive parents. “He was this big sack of wrinkles with big floppy ears.”

We’re proud to say that Bamm-Bamm was the two millionth dog tested with Embark!

The story of Bamm-Bamm’s name

Coming up with Bamm-Bamm’s name took a full weekend, Patrick tells us. He and his wife Kendra liked Cupcake, the name given to him at the rescue. They considered keeping it, but it didn’t feel quite right for Bamm-Bamm’s emerging puppy personality.

After a few days of watching him lovably bumbling around and crashing into things while exploring his new home, they landed on the name Bamm-Bamm. A perfect fit.

Bamm-Bamm’s Embark results

Ever since Kendra and Patrick first saw Bamm-Bamm, they had questions about his breed mix. They guessed he might be part Labrador Retriever, or maybe Bulldog. As he grew bigger, they suspected he might have some Mastiff in him, too.

“We took guesses from our friends about his breed mix,” says Patrick. They tested Bamm-Bamm’s DNA with Embark and found out that he is actually 100% American Pit Bull Terrier—one of the most common dog breeds.

Breed ancestry results for a dog named Bamm-Bamm, showing he is 100.0% American Pit Bull Terrier.

Bamm-Bamm’s Embark results.

“We were a little surprised, but not too much,” says Patrick. “He definitely has some Pittie characteristics, like his big block head and passionate eyes, and he loves to eat.”

Kendra and Patrick, who both work in the veterinary industry, were already familiar with the breed.

“They’re high-energy dogs, but so loving and loyal. All they want to do is love you,” Patrick says.

“Having a dog like Bamm-Bamm is an important responsibility. You have to invest in them from day one, make sure they’re getting enough exercise, and give them outlets to release all that energy.”

An American Pit Bull Terrier puppy happily running on a sidewalk.
Young Bamm-Bamm enjoying a walk in the neighborhood. Photo courtesy of Patrick.

Bamm-Bamm explores the world

“Bamm-Bamm is a wrinkly little bundle of joy, and he is learning so fast! He has also grown tremendously since we brought him home,” his parents tell us.

He enjoys eating, playing, learning, and teasing his big sister Stevie, a Shih Tzu mix. “He’s infatuated with her,” Patrick says. Patrick and Kendra make sure that Bamm-Bamm and Stevie have the proper socialization time with each other—as well as space to themselves when they need a break.

Bamm-Bamm with his family: parents Kendra and Patrick, big sister dog Stevie, and cat sibling Moo Stu.
Bamm-Bamm with his family: parents Kendra and Patrick, big sister dog Stevie, and cat sibling Moo Shu. Photo courtesy of Patrick.

As he learns about the world around him, Bamm-Bamm is starting his first lessons with a professional trainer. He enjoys all the love and attention he gets on neighborhood walks, and can’t wait to explore the mountains when he is big enough.

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We’ve tested over two million dogs, and that means a lot of one-of-a-kind names. Read more about Mason Mason, Lieutenant Dan, and the most popular dog name trends we’ve found so far.

Mimi Padmabandu Contributor

Mimi Padmabandu is a scientific writer and Content Strategy Lead at Embark Veterinary. She has over a decade of experience writing about science and genomics for leading biotechnology companies. She holds a bachelor's degree in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA and a master’s degree in Early Modern English Literature from King’s College London.

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