There's a benefit to being chosen as one of Oprah's favorite things: Her seal of approval can be the motivating factor to hit that buy button for tons of people. But there's a benefit for shoppers, too. Once the list is announced, many items are discounted just to celebrate their inclusion. Such is the case with Embark, a DNA kit for dogs developed in partnership with the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Usually $199, its currently on sale for $149.
There are very few things dog owners can't rationalize spending when it comes to their four-legged companions. Even one of my most frugal friends bashfully admitted that, for Christmas, she and her husband went in on a DNA test for their beloved rescue. And while Embark isn't the only DNA test for dogs on the market, it does offer a more comprehensive report. In addition to dog breed info (as many as 150 breeds), it also provides info on health conditions. It can even provide exact details on your dog's lineage all the way to their great-grandparents and even help you find living canine relatives and see what other dogs of similar breed mixes to your dog looks like. And, like leading DNA tests for humans, Embark gives you an online report that updates as more information is made available.
While dogs might not care about their DNA results, it makes the perfect gift for the dog lover in your life. While still pricey, it could be the perfect group gift, like for siblings to get for the parent whose favorite child might be the family dog. But we also fully endorse anyone who might just want to go ahead and get it for themselves... er... their dog. After all, in the words of Oprah, "There's nothing better than discovering your roots—and that goes for fur babies, too."