Have you ever mixed two colors of your play-doh together? At first you can still see the parts that are blue and the bits that are yellow. But the more you mix it together, squishing it in your hands, the two different colors disappear and a brand new color appears. Did you know there a day to celebrate dogs that are mixed? It is called National Mutt Day. #nationalmuttday
Just like the play-doh example, this is close to what happens when two different dog breeds make new puppies. The new puppies are a mix of the mother dog and the dad dog and you can sometimes look at them and see that the ears look like mommy and the mouth and tail looks like daddy.
This is called a mixed breed. Another name for a mixed breed is mutt. A mutt is sometimes a mixture of so many kinds of dogs that you cannot even tell what the mommy and daddy were! But mutts are also very sweet and often they really want to please so that makes them easy to train.
Some people do not like mutts because they are too different and odd. They do not fit any normal categories of dog breeds. What these people do not realize is that mutts are still being used for very important jobs, like bomb sniffing and finding lost children.
July 31 is National Mutt Day because the shelters are full of too many abandoned mutts who need a home. National Mutt Day is a reminder to people that when they are looking for a new pet, it would be a great idea to go to the local shelter and see if a special little mutt is sitting there waiting for them.
Colleen Paige, the founder of National Mutt Day states on their website that if you are unable to adopt a mutt, you could donate money to your local shelter, volunteer to walk the dogs or donate food. Her goal this year is to save 10,000 Mutts from coast to coast!
Colleen Paige has a beautiful saying that has become a motto for many pet lovers:
“In every heart, there is a hole. In every shelter, there is love in which to fill it.”
Susie is a freelance writer who has always had a dog as part of her family since childhood. Her current writing partner is Layla, a mixed breed Labrador and Cocker Spaniel. http://susieklein.wordpress.com/
Based in Phoenix AZ., animal lover Kelly Preston is an award winning author of Real Dogs Don’t Whisper. Her book she shares about her experiences and adventures with her special needs dogs and the life lessons they have taught her. Kelly takes us a journey for growth and discovery. Preston also produces Mr.MaGoo’s Corner, a free monthly dog-focused newsletter that features a reader of the month, birthday announcements, green pet tips, organic dog recipes and more.