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Mutt versus Pure Bred There is a long standing debate among dog lovers and breeders; who is better, the mutt or the pure bred?  (Pure bred dogs include designer dogs like Puggles and Labradoodles).  There hasn’t been much study on the subject – so really there’s no definitive answer. What we do know is that mutts tend to get the short end of the stick.  Mixed breed dogs make up the majority of shelter dogs and are euthanized far more often than their designer counter parts.  Mutts are great dogs and make amazing pets. There are some upsides to mutts – a more diverse genetic background generally means that the pup will not suffer from congenital diseases.  Also, mutts don’t suffer from breed-specific health problems.  Mutts are also able to perform any task a pure bred can including search and rescue. So how do we get the word out about our mixed breed friends?  The answer is National Mutt Day. What is National Mutt Day? National Mutt Day is a 2 day campaign to raise awareness about mixed breed dogs.  Did you know that mixed breed dogs are euthanized far more than pure bred dogs?  Due to the popularity and demand for designer and pure bred puppies mutts are neglected and often end up in shelters. National Mutt Day is celebrated on both July 31st and December 2nd.  The extra day helps increase awareness about mixed breed dogs that need and deserve a good home. The Goal The ultimate goal of National Mutt Day to get 10,000 mutts adopted on July 31st and December 2nd. How Can You Help? Why adopt a mutt of course.  But if you can’t adopt a mutt there are other ways to help.  The following have been suggested by Mutt Day founder Colleen Paige:

  • Donate $5 to a local animal shelter
  • Donate other items needed by shelters (food, toys, beds, poop bags)
  • Volunteer at a shelter

To find out more about National Mutt Day check out their website and Facebook page: http://www.nationalmuttday.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/NationalMuttDay?fref=pb&hc_location=profile_browser Is your pup mixed breed?  Share a picture of your mutt with us on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/DoonGo?ref=hl Post your mutt’s picture before August 5th for a chance to win a pack of doo-n-go poop bags. 

It’s important to be prepared for any disaster.  But do you have a fire safety plan for your pet?  This blog has tips for fire prevention, preparedness, and first aid for your pet. Fire Prevention According to the Red Cross nearly 1000 house fires are accidently started by pets.  Here are some fire prevention tips:

  • Don’t leave your pet unattended around open flames
  • Make sure to thoroughly extinguish any open flames before you leave your pet alone at home
  • The stove/cook top is the # 1 way a pet may start a fire in your home.  Make sure to remove your stove’s knobs or use covers to prevent them from being turned
  • Consider switching to flameless candles for ambiance, especially if you have a cat
  • Secure young, untrained pets when you’re away from home.  Make sure your young, untrained pets don’t have access to fire hazards
  • Make sure your pets can’t access electrical cords – cats and other pets enjoy playing with the cords and this is a potential fire hazard
  • Never leave your hair dryer, curling iron, hair straightener, or iron plugged in.  These items are a fire hazard on their own and could start a fire if knocked over by a pet
  • Pets are NOT afraid of fire and often seek heat.  Use a barrier in front of fire places, heaters, and other heat sources to prevent your pet from getting burnt

Preparedness and Supply Kits Make sure you have a plan for your pet in case of a fire.  Have a pre-planned place for your pet to stay and a supply kit that includes first aid items and every day necessities.  The following lists will help you to prepare an emergency supply kit for your pet in case of a disaster:

If you’re away from home make sure you leave your pet near an entrance so they are easily found by rescuers should the unthinkable happen.  It is also important to make sure your pet has the appropriate collars and tags on.  A Pet Alert Window Cling is also useful; you can write down the number of pets you have and stick it to your front window.  The sticker lets rescuers know how many pets are in the house.  You can see an example of the decal here: http://ottawahumane.ca/your-pets/fire.cfm First Aid If your pet suffers a burn keep calm.  Gently apply cool water to the area, then apply a cold compress – get to the vet immediately. Sources Here are some resources for pet fire safety: Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/prepare/location/home-family/prevent-home-fires/pets  Pet Health Network: http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/lifestyle/pet-fire-safety Be sure to spread the word about Pet Fire Safety!  Use Facebook to share our blog with your pet owning friends J

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