Today we're celebrating National Mutt Day!
A mutt is a dog of unknown ancestry that belongs to no single organizationally recognized breed and is not the result of selective breeding according to Wikipedia.
I grew up with purebred dogs. Blackie Duke was a Labrador Retriever. Skippy was a Cocker Spaniel. Snoopy was a Beagle. All pedigreed, papered and purchased from responsible dog breeders.
When I left for college I was deeply in love with my mom's (purebred and registered) Dachshund.
However, my own first dog was a mutt and a shelter dog. Benji was a mix of dog breeds that included German Shepherd and Doberman. I adored him. He road shotgun in my life voyage as a young adult.
Want a unique dog? How about the sweetness of a Golden Retriever with the spicey smartness of a Border Collie, plus so much more? Head to your nearest animal shelter. That's where I met and fell in love with my Jeffie. He's one in a series of mutts who have made my life richer.
National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by Colleen Paige, Celebrity Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Expert. The day which takes place on December 2 each year is about celebrating mixed breed dogs - the mutt! Sadly, the largest number of dogs euthanized in animal shelters each year are unwanted, medium to large mixed breed dogs.
In every heart there is a hole...The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the USA and to educate the public about the number of mixed breed dogs that are waiting to be given a loving and caring home.
in every shelter there is LOVE to fill it.
~ Colleen Paige
This December, on National Mutt Day, we hope you'll visit your local shelter. Adopt a mixed breed dog or make a donation of money, time, or needed supplies.
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