Did you know that mutts have their own special day? Every year on July 31 and December 2, National Mutt Day is observed across the United States.  The Daily Guide decided to catch up with a local shelter and talk about mutts in honor of the day.

National Mutt Day, also known as National Mixed Breed Dog Day, was created in 2005 by Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige.

This special day was created to raise awareness about the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters and to remind potential pet parents that it’s the personality and not the pedigree that matters.    

        A mutt, also known as mixed breed, is a dog that is a combination of different breeds rather than one identifiable breed. There is no one description of a mutt.    

    Mutts come in all sizes, shapes, and colors or combination of colors.   They may have long or short noses, straight or floppy ears, stubby or long swishy tails, or  short or long elegant running legs.  There are as many different descriptions as there are mutts.  

     The National Mutt Day facebook page “encourages us to embrace, save and celebrate mixed dog breeds.  There are many loving and healthy mutts, in shelters across the US, waiting for someone to come and adopt them.”

      The Daily Guide visited Loving Paws Adoption Center (LPAC),  and was warmly greeted by friendly barks from mutts of all of sizes, color and ages, all with a story to tell.  If only they could talk.

Since the mutts can’t tell us their stories themselves, LPAC told us about two of their loveable mutts who are looking for forever homes.

    Annie is a sweet eight year old female Corgi mix.  She came to LPAC after her owner died.  She loves to sit in the sun and play at her own pace.  

    Brandi is a five year old female Beagle mix.  After her owner passed away, Brandi and her four-legged  house mate came to LPAC.  He's been adopted and now Brandi is all alone again.  She misses her buddy, according to the volunteers at LPAC.  The highlight of Brandi’s day is playing with the other dogs at LPAC.

    Ethel is a one-year-old female Aussie mix.  She was found in Crocker and is one of the LPAC mutts fortunate enough to have been adopted this weekend.

    Annie and Brandi like many other mutts in shelters, are waiting for a forever home, a place to play, a lap or couch to sit on, and human companions.

    In a press release, The Human Society of Missouri stated, “There are many reasons to consider a mutt when you’re looking to add a four-legged friend to the family.”

    Mutts often have a much lower chance of inheriting genetic diseases.  According to Vetstreet, mixed breed dogs likely have less risk of developing certain bone diseases, cancers and many heart diseases.    

    Mixed breed dogs have the traits and temperaments of multiple breeds, such as loyalty, and a  deep desire to please, which can allow them to adjust easier to a variety of households.

   Mutts tend to be less expensive than purebreds. The price for a purebred dog can be $1,000 or more.   Those who adopt from shelters or rescues pay a much smaller fee, an adoption fee, which helps defray the shelter’s cost of daily care,vaccinations, de-worming, flea treatment, spay/neuter surgery and a microchip.

   Mutts are just as trainable and willing to learn, and their performance in obedience, agility and other activities can be equal to that of purebreds. Two of the country's most famous movie dogs are Benji, a mixed breed terrier and Spike, a labrador retriever/mastiff mix, best known for his role of Old Yeller.

    Perhaps the best reason to adopt a mutt, noted by the Dogtime website page, “ is to save the life of a worthy and wonderful dog and take a stand against unscrupulous breeders.”    

     If you missed observing National Mutt Day, here are a few suggestions to celebrate the mutts in your life and the mutts at the shelters every day

Spend some extra time with your “mutts”

Volunteer at one of the area shelters: Loving Paws Adoption Center or Waynesville Animal Shelter. The mutts at the local animal shelters would enjoy a visit, a walk or  just some cuddle and play time.

Not ready to adopt? Ask Loving Paws Adoption Center, in Crocker, about fostering a mutt.

  Variety, charm and the uniqueness of mutts makes them wonderful companions and most deserving of a finding a forever home, a place to play, a lap or couch to sit on, and human companionship.