This Saturday, December 2nd is National Mutt Day and we are thrilled! I don’t know about you, but my favorite breed is Mutt! Being a “mixed breed” myself, I am a bit biased.
The nation gets to celebrate these awesome canine companions twice a year — July 31st and Dec 2nd! However, I encourage you to celebrate them all year round!
National Mutt Day was created in 2005 to encourage us to embrace, save and honor mixed breed dogs. You can read more about how it got started on their site.
With the rise of new designer breeds over the years, most people are looking for purebreds. They have a set dog in mind and do not consider adopting a mutt. I have heard people give the excuse that they “don’t know what they will get” with a mixed breed. Honestly though, can’t that be said about adopting any dog? Every dog, like every human, is vastly different. I will take my stance and say there are many great things about owning a mutt.
There is nothing wrong with purebreds, don’t get me wrong. I know plenty wonderful pedigreed pups. Personally, every dog I have had since the age of six has been a mix breed. Most of which were shelter dogs. In fact, over 75% of shelter dogs are mix breeds.
In the last three years, I cannot count how many times people have asked me what type of dog Ryder is. My generic response is always, “He is a Hound mix.” I have gone through countless combinations of pooches in my head to come up with the right explanation for my pup. I often wonder if he is part Rhodesian Ridgeback, Vizsla, Redbone, German Shepherd. But then what keeps him so small at an adorable 35 pounds? Could he be part Whippet? He is fast! Could he be part Wiener? He has a long nose.
No matter what is in Ryder’s blood. He is the mutt for me! No bones about it!
How Do I Celebrate National Mutt Day?
Time is the one thing none of us can get back — Hooman and animal alike. Visit a shelter. Make the day for even just one mutt.
Not everyone can adopt, of course. If you are able to adopt a dog, by all means give a fur-baby a home. If you have a pack already and can’t keep another dog long-term, think about being a dog foster parent.
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Take A Mutt Out
Don’t have a dog? Ask to borrow a friend’s dog. Take them for a walk or out to the dog park. I’m sure your friend and their pup would greatly appreciate the gesture.
Hug Your Mutt
However, you decide to celebrate, make sure you pop over and read about the holiday here. Also, if you feel the need to share your mixed breed pup in the comments, I will not say no to awesome pupper pics. 😉