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Make More Core Memories With Your Dog


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There’s a lot that goes into the journey of pet parenthood. It’s filled with moments of happiness, surprise, sometimes frustration, and above all—joy.

Every day is an opportunity to experience joy with our dogs. At Embark, we’re all about bringing humans and their dogs closer together. That’s why we’re so excited for our new collaboration with Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2

With a focus on helping dog lovers create joyful core memories with their dogs, we held a “guess the breed” game on the red carpet of the World Premiere of Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 in Los Angeles. We also launched a “Know Your Dog Inside and Out Sweepstakes,” awarding one grand prize winner four tickets to the world premiere in Los Angeles, $500 per person in travel expenses for up to four guests, one Embark Breed ID Dog DNA Test, and their dog’s breed reveal featured on Embark social media platforms.

Through the magic of Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2, let’s celebrate the spectrum of emotions we experience with our dogs and the moments of joy sparked by knowing your dog better through Embark. Keep reading to discover all the core memories you and your dog can build together, with the help of some characters from the film: Joy, Anxiety, Fear, Embarrassment, Sadness, and Nostalgia.

Inspiring moments of joy

Your dog’s DNA can offer incredible insights. With an Embark Dog DNA Test, you’ll get everything you need to know your best friend better—like their breed mix, health needs, and more. Discover the joy that comes from strengthening your bond with Embark, trusted by millions of dog owners.

“How fun was this! We gathered as a family with our guesses and were we ever surprised! We were right about some of the breeds but we thought our dog was a Jack Russell Terrier with a bit of Beagle. It was so fun to learn he is a Beagle with very little Russell Terrier, but has other terriers in him. We cheered, cried, laughed and just hugged our dog. How fun our evening was. Thanks Embark!” –Angela B.

Celebrating moments of surprise

Ready for a core memory? How about the first time you see your dog’s breed results and discover their unique story?

When you test with Embark, you’ll get a full breakdown of your dog’s breed mix, track their ancestry, and see their family tree all the way back to their great-grandparents. You’ll also receive a unique breed reveal experience for your dog—the perfect ice breaker for those awkward dog park conversations.

“I got Embark because of the genetic screening, and am glad I did. BUT the surprise I had! I got Teddy in 2015 and was told he was a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. Nope. Pitbull, German Shepherd, and American Foxhound mix. Blew my mind!” –Alina V.

Why not throw a breed reveal party to keep those core memories going?

Relieving moments of anxiety

Becoming a pet parent is one of the most rewarding experiences you can have. It can also be a little daunting, especially if you’re not sure what to expect. Knowing your dog’s health risks, what to look out for, or if they’re all-clear for 250+ genetic health risks means that you’ll be more prepared for that journey into pet parenthood. 

“The health information and looking at SO MANY MARKERS for possible hereditary issues was more than worth the price of admission. So much peace of mind in just that part of the results, even in just knowing what might need to be prepared for.” –Chris J.

Preventing moments of fear

Pet parenthood brings with it many unknowns, which are exciting—and a little bit scary. Health screening with Embark means you’ll get actionable steps you can take now to manage or even prevent health issues later in life, so you no longer need to fear the unknown.

“One of my dogs has a hereditary issue. Embark notified me immediately before completing the rest of the tests. I took Allie to the vet, unknown health issues were fixed, and now she is now on preventative treatment (prescription dog food). So grateful!” –Vicky Y.

Laughing through moments of embarrassment

We all know those cringe-worthy moments that pet parents face—whether it’s an awkward dog park encounter, a social faux pas, or just a derpy expression captured on camera. No matter your dog’s embarrassing tendencies, you can laugh through them together with Embark. 

“I couldn’t stop laughing when I received my dog’s DNA report. I adopted her 9 years ago from a Lhasa Apso shelter. Guess what, she’s 34% Bulldog, 26% Lhasa, 21% Poodle… and the rest is a great variety of fur babies! I call her a Bullhasapoo! This has all been great fun!” –Linda J.

Comforting during moments of sadness

Amid the many joys of pet parenthood, its greatest sadness is that our dogs’ time with us is never as long as we want it to be. The joy they bring us outweighs the sadness when they go, and they always leave their paw prints on our hearts. Deepening the bond you already have with your dog means making even more memories that celebrate what makes them special.

“Our sweet boy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer. He was a rescue, so we had no idea what his breed mix was. About a week after we did the test, his health rapidly declined. I sent an email to Embark asking if there was any way to rush the results. They said they’d try. We received the results within 10 days. Our boy passed the following week. I will forever be grateful for the kindness and compassion they showed our family during such an awful time. Thank you, Embark!” –Jennifer B.

Cherishing moments of nostalgia

Give your dog the gift of a family reunion and core memories that will last a lifetime. We’ll connect you with other dogs who share your dog’s DNA, using the world’s first canine relative finder.

Embark dogs have reunited with their parents, siblings, and offspring! Take the example of Mozart and Maddy, who found each other again after being separated for 13 years:

“Maddy was shy at first sniff, but warmed up much faster than I expected, happily walking near her brother. Based on Maddy’s reaction to Mozart and his parents, I am convinced she recognizes Mozart as her littermate.” –Sheila M.

Join Maddy and Mozart, Vardis and Brunch, and many more who have reunited with long-lost siblings, thanks to Embark’s Relative Finder.

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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