We’re in the dog days of summer, making this the perfect time for today’s holiday: National Mutt’s Day! Celebrated on July 31st, Mutt’s Day provides us an opportunity to focus on the joys of mixed breed dogs.
Labradoodles, Cockapoos, Whoodles, and Daisy Dogs are just a few of the mixed-breed dogs popular today. As varied in temperament as in their appearance, mixed-breed dogs can display the genetic traits of two or more breeds. While agility and obedience competitions were formerly limited to purebreds, mixed breed dogs now have opportunities to compete in those competitions through the American Mixed Breed Obedience Registry, or AMBOR, as well as the Mixed Breed Clubs of America (MBDCA).
Mixed-breeds can offer several advantages over their purebred counterparts. Given their wider gene pool, they are often less likely to have some of the genetic defects that some breeds are known for. Mutts are truly unique with a wide range of characteristics, personalities, and energy levels. Although it’s difficult to validate, many people believe that mutts live longer and are smarter than purebreds.
Now are you ready to celebrate this special day dedicated to mixed-breed dogs? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
First, set aside some extra time to engage in your mutt’s favorite activities. From a fast-paced game of fetch or Frisbee to a long walk through the neighborhood (with plenty of stops to check out interesting landmarks along the way), your mutt is bound to appreciate the extra attention.
Second, pick up some extra special treats. You know that gourmet dog treat bakery around the corner from work? Why not stop by and pick up something tasty? For those who know their way around a KitchenAid, how about mixing up a batch of homemade treats? Here’s a recipe that’s sure to please the pickiest eater: http://www.marthastewart.com/264802/homemade-dog-biscuits?center=0&gallery=904143&slide=264802
Lastly, take some photos to commemorate the event. With the variety of pet-themed scrapbooks, papers, embellishment kits as well as online templates, you may want to create an album dedicated to your special canine. Search Pinterest or Scrapbooks Etc. for pet scrapbook ideas to get your own creative juices flowing. If scrapbooking isn’t your thing, perhaps you could turn that photo into a memorable gift for you or your pet. From a personalized totebag for your dog’s belongings to a custom phone case or coffee mug to carry your furry friend’s face with you wherever you go–the options are as endless as your imagination. Shutterfly and Snapfish both offer pet-themed photo gifts for every occasion.
We want to be a part of your celebration of National Mutt’s Day! Share your favorite pictures, stories, or memories of your favorite mutt with us on Facebook so we can join in on the fun!