Pet News: The Holidays History
National Mutt Day was created in 2005 by Colleen Paige, who also founded National Dog Day, National Cat Day, and National Puppy Day. Paige is an animal behaviorist and activist in the rescue and animal lover community and makes pet news repeatedly.
The holiday is celebrated twice a year, once on July 31st, and then again on December 2nd. The idea of the holiday is embracing, saving, and celebrating mixed breed dogs.
Celebrating is easy, just pet your dog.
Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique loves all dogs, and loves the opportunity to help raise awareness to the largest percentage of euthanized animals in America. According to The Human Society, every year three to four million animals are euthanized of the five to eight million animals entering one of the 13,688 shelters.
Our hearts go out to every single animal suffering and we honor those doing their part to help bring this to attention to pet news enthusiasts and those researching into their next pet.
Pet News: Puppy Mills and Designer Dogs
There is nothing wrong with owning a purebred dog. The American Kennel Club recognizes 187 purebred dogs and we love every single one of them. The same can be said for mixed-breeds–they’re all amazing dogs.
What we do take issue with, are puppy mills.
Puppy mills, which supply pet stores around the country have atrocious conditions in which dogs are bred. Puppies are housed in crates stacked on top of crates, fed unsanitary water and food with algae growing in their bowl, and sometimes don’t even have proper lighting. Dogs are bred in darkness. Many dogs in puppy pills experience an undeniably cruel life quality.
Dogs never get the human interaction, love, and the socialization they need to be healthy. Dogs became emotionally and physically traumatized.
In pet news–Melanie Kahn–of the Human Society reported seeing, “Dogs that are scarred of grass because they have never seen it before.”
This is why National Mutt Day exists. To urge people to make informed decisions about getting a pet. Many unknowingly buy animals from pet stores that are supplied by puppy mills. Doing this only perpetuates the puppy mill business and continues the suffering.
Pet News: All Dogs Are Great!
Many pet experts disagree on what animal is genetically preferable, mixed breeds,or purebred. This schism has made pet news for a long time, and Splash and Dash Groomerie & Boutique acknowledges that this is a question of preference–no matter what breed or mix breed dog you have, they are all loving animals.
According to a study conducted by Bellumori in 2013 which took 27,000 dogs and examined them in comparison to the rate of incidence of 24 common genetic disorders in mixed breeds versus purebreds.
Here are the pet news findings.
- The incidence of 10 genetic disorders (42%) were significantly greater in purebred dogs.
- The incidence of 1 genetic disorder (ruptured cranial cruciate ligament, 24%) was greater in mixed breed dogs.
- The rest of disorders examined found no difference between mixed breed and purebred dogs.
What this means, is that inbreeding within purebred dogs occurs, and has a tendency to cause biological maladies because of lower genetic pools. However, when buying a pet from a reputable breeder, these things happen less, and usually not at all.
No matter what choice you make you pet selection, please make and an ethical and informed decision.
Happy Mutt Day!
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