National Mutt Day Mischief

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splash_page2Tomorrow is a special day in Dogdom…it’s National Mutt Day. I know we have all sorts of special days and months for our pets, from Senior Pets Month to Deaf Pets Month and Pet Wellness Month and Feral Cat day – I mean just look at this list!

But today is a special one, it’s National MUTT Day. First, I love the name mutts – it’s such a classic description for that “every-man’s” dog. Whether you call them mutts, or mixed or heinz-57 or cross-breed, it doesn’t matter, it’s that fabulous mix of a little of this and a little of that, survival of the fittest in action.

National Mutt Day, founded by Pet Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, is observed Dec. 2nd and July 31st to celebrate the many wonderful attributes of Mutts to promote adoption WORLDWIDE. From their website:

“National Mutt Day was created to be celebrated on two dates per year 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. Mixed breed dogs tend to be healthier, better behaved, they 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.”


Their website also has a great list of ways that YOU can help even if you can’t adopt. There are many ways that you can contribute to the cause, so check it out and become part of the solutionnationalmuttday.

Why am I writing this on Mischief Monday, well because our MUTT, Tino was probably our biggest mischief maker. I’ve written many, many stories about Tino on the blog. Of course, I have many more because he was pretty mischievous, especially when he was a youngster. Tino was very stealthy, he could slip into and out of a room and you’d never hear him. One of his favorite things to do was sneak into the bedroom or bathroom and steal Kleenex out of the waste basket. He would then proceed to shred them all over and sneak away pretending nothing happened. He always did it when you weren’t looking, I rarely caught him in the act.

While this was an annoying habit of his, it became bittersweet when he went blind. He’d still try to sneak in and get the tissues, but he couldn’t always see us standing there in the room, so he’d get caught red-handed. He’d be so embarrassed when that happened.

Tino was pure MUTT. We had one of those DNA tests done and it came back less than 25% doberman and afghan hound…and that was all they could recognize – the rest was an amalgamation of whatever was wandering the streets of Sun Valley, CA. He was absolutely an example of survival of the fittest though – he survived in the wilderness of Hansen Dam Park for many months with a severely injured leg that was atrophied and unusable using his wits. In addition, he had distemper and was very sick when we found him. But, he persevered and survived. Even with that terrible beginning, he became the sweetest, gentlest and most loving dog you could ever wish for and as strong as an ox. Here’s to all the mutts out there, I hope they all find their forever home and bring as much happiness to that home as Tino brought to us.


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  1. Thanks for letting us know about National Mutt Day. We have our eye on a mutt at a shelter, and will go look to see if he is still there, needing a home. If we can’t take him, we’ll blog about him!!

  2. Hi Y’all!
    Even if I’m not a Mutt, I know my Humans would have been just as happy if I had been. My Human had a couple of Mutts when she was growing up and she and my Human Papa adopted a mixed breed when they were first married. She said we are all alike…you know 4 paws and all…and we’re all “our own dog”.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  3. Tino was a very handsome mutt! Gambler likes to do his trick of stealing kleenex but gman eats them. Have a great day.
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  4. Haha! Sneaky Tino! That’s one thing I don’t have to worry about with Sherman and Leroy! There is no way they can be sneaky!
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  5. Beautiful post today!
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  6. Horray for mutts!! They are great.

  7. We love mutts! I know that I’m named after a parasite, but my grandmother (who gave me my nickname and wanted my brother to be named Nathaniel so she could call him Nat) was call Mutt instead of Grandma. Long live mutts!
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  8. Even though none of us are mutts, Mom loves mutts and will most likely get a mutt from the pound again one day. Trine was a mutt and Mom says she was the best dog ever!
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    • We agree Emma…even though we aren’t mutts either, I aspire to be the kind of dog Tino was…
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  9. Our Chamois is a mutt, but she is a beautiful dog. People were always so disappointed when we told them she was a mutt. So we told them she was a miniature Albanian Wolfhound. They were happy and impressed.
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  10. Our Duke is a mutt too, but not as much of a mutt as Tino! I didn’t know he was from Sun Valley, I grew up not too far from there! Love a local pup!
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    • Well we found him at Hansen Dam Park…so we figure that’s his neighborhood – who knows, he could have been born in Beverly Hills and they just dumped him there…kind of doubt it though 🙂
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  11. Hooray for the mutts! I shoulda done a mutt day post today, but I didn’t realize until I saw Sue’s post on Talking Dogs. Oh well – next year I can celebrate our mutts! (If I remember!) Tino is adorable. I love hearing about his antics.
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    • And Rita is such a great Mutt! I’ll remind you next year – they do it 2X.
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  12. What a great story to celebrate National Mutt Day. Thank you for sharing Tino’s story! Cheers and Happy National Mutt Day.
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  13. We are sorry we missed this as we love our mutt!
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  14. Tino sure sounds like a great doggie. I love reading about his adventures. So what caused him to go blind? Was it a lingering effect of the distemper, or something else.
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    • It was glaucoma, which can’t be fixed in dogs – just managed for awhile. He went blind in one eye quickly and then we were able to manage the other eye for almost a year with medication before he lost that sight also. The vet did think it was a result of the distemper. I wrote about it in an early Tino Tale:
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