National Mutt Day!

TOMORROW IS NATIONAL MUTT DAY! We’ve all seen numerous dog shows where adorable pooches come out and strut their stuff for judges in the hopes of winning the top prize. The number one requirement for most of these shows is that the dog be purebred. But what about all the other amazing dogs that are mixed breeds? Or as most people call them, Mutts. I’m sure that purebred aren’t the only dogs that are talented and beautiful!

Well now we have a day every year where we can celebrate our Mutts and let them know that they are just as beautiful and loved as purebred canines. National Mutt Day  was created in 2005 by Celebrity 
Pet Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate Colleen Paige to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate the public about the sea of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes. National Mutt Day is all about embracing, saving and celebrating mixed breed dogs.

The biggest percentage of dogs euthanized in the shelter each year are unwanted, medium to large mixed breed dogs, due to the constant over-breeding and public desire of designer dogs and pure bred puppies that are sold to pet stores supplied by puppy mills that often produce ill and horribly neglected animals. The interesting thing is that  mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, live longer and are just as able to perform the duties of pure bred dogs – such as bomb and drug sniffing, search and rescue and guiding the blind.

There are millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs sitting in shelters, who are desperately searching for a new home. The goal is to save 10,000 Mutts this December 2nd from coast to coast.

  If you can’t adopt a mixed breed friend on December 2nd, please donate at least $5 to your local animal shelter, as they all need financial assistance and every dollar counts! 

You can also volunteer to walk a dog and/or donate food and other supplies needed to your local animal shelter too. So please visit your local shelter and find a new friend today!

Dear Jenny,

When your grandpa Joey saved you from that horrible outside ‘shelter’, your days were numbered. When the ‘shelter’ found you, you were wandering around on the streets all alone and for some reason, no one wanted to adopt you. You had been at the shelter too long, and they were going to shoot you!

Grandpa Joey saw something in your sweet face though, and instantly wanted to take you home. The only problem was that there were already three rather large dogs at home, Fred, Jack, and Sugar. He wanted to keep you, but he decided to give you to me & daddy as a wedding present. It was the best present we got.

You were sweet, but not very affectionate, every little thing scared you, and It made us sad to look at all the scars on your face and legs from when you were alone on the streets.
As the weeks turned to months, you adjusted to life with us. We showed you what it is like to be loved, and earning your love in return made us feel so special! We know it was hard for you to trust us, and watching your devotion for us grow only fueled our love for you! Even Grandpa Joey noticed how different you were! He says we made you loving, but I think we just helped you know its okay to love.

We’ve had you almost a year & a half now, and coming home to your happy face everyday warms my heart. I couldn’t imagine my life without you, my sweet little Jenny :)

Dear Little Shadow,

I just lost my oldest dog, Keaira, after 15 years. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge, and even though I had time to prepare, it wasn’t easy to say goodbye. She left quietly, in her sleep, without any pain or suffering. She was a better dog than I could have ever hoped for. I knew I could never replace her, and I wanted a few months to adjust to life without her. My home was no longer complete, as I soon came to realize. It was quiet, too quiet. One of my fondest memories of ‘Kiki’ was the first time I picked her up. She was 8 weeks old, and as I held her in my arms, she snuggled her nose around my neck, gave me a few puppy kisses and fell asleep. That was when I knew she was the one.

My little Shadow, the first time I picked you up, you were just 8 weeks old, and as I held you in my arms, you snuggled your little nose around my neck, gave me a few puppy kisses and fell asleep. How could this be possible? You must be the one!

Turns out, after the few months you’ve been home, you aren’t anything like I imagined you would be. You’re not the best behaved puppy, you’re too nippy, you’re too jumpy, and you haven’t quite learned the dining room isn’t your private potty yet. Monster Mutt, your nickname, is more than worthy!

You have, however, reminded me that patience is a virtue. You show me each day that for everything bad that happens, there’s always something better right around the corner. You have reminded me of what it means to grant forgiveness, and not hold a grudge, even as I throw out yet another shoe you somehow managed to snatch & destroy.

At the same time, you’re always happy to see me, tail wagging furiously like you haven’t seen me in years (it’s only been a few hours, little girl!) I love tossing up your ball, and watch as you jump so high to try and catch it before it hits the ground. Your little howl is too cute, you make my heart smile! I love that you know the difference between your toys, and go get the right one I ask for. Early morning walks, before my coffee, take much too long, but we figured out that ‘taking Mommy home’ is the only way we’ll get back there before dinner. I love watching you run as fast as you can, it’s amazing how fast you are. You do the silliest things all the time, I can’t help but laugh out loud. I love our quiet time, just before bed. You jump on my lap, curl up in a ball, and chew on your bone, but only if I hold it for you.

My little Shadow, you may be a bad little girl at times, stubborn and head strong, but you found your way into my heart and you’ll always be there, right next to Kiki. There is no comparison between you both, you’re total opposites. Know that you haven’t replaced her, you’ve joined her in my soul. You may not be the most perfect puppy, but you’re the perfect puppy for me!