‘Yip,’ ‘yip,’ hooray — it’s National Mutt Day, a day for celebrating all the awesome attributes of mixed breed pooches and bringing awareness to adoption! Not only is it arguable that mixed breeds make the best, most loyal and loving pets, it’s also true that they need the most championing. National Mutt Day is officially celebrated not once, but twice a year (on July 31st and December 2nd), because that many mutts desperately need homes and help. And that’s a doggone shame!
So, what can you do on this howl-iday? Lots. Adopt a dog. Volunteer. Give your pooch the biggest smooch ever. Share your adoption stories to inspire others. Like this one, for example…
Name: Fynn (short for ‘Finnegan’)
Age: 1.5 years (ruff-ly)
Best Guess at Breed: a cute combo of terrier, spaniel, and maybe some chihuahua
Nicknames: Munchkin, Bampkins (from fellow graphic designer, Emily)
Here at ModCloth, we have plenty of ModDogs romping around our offices, and quite a few of them are mutts. Fynn, the scruffy little snaggletoothed sidekick to Associate Graphic Designer, Megan, is never more than a few furry feet away from her. The newest pooch in the office, he can often be found supervising the daily work goings-on from the comfort of an oversized bean bag chair (which is big even for us humans! He thinks he’s people.).
Megan and her fiancé adopted this little guy from a fosterer for Jake’s Wish Rescue in San Jose last March. They’d made the road trip down for a relative’s funeral, but they came back with a happy ending and a furry new family member.
“Oh my gosh, it was the cutest thing,” said Megan. “All the other dogs in the kennel were barking, but he was just standing there looking so adorable.” That’s how she knew it was love at first sight. And the feeling was mutual — Fynn instantly attached himself to Megan on the car ride back to San Francisco and never left her lap! Now, he comes to work with her almost every day, riding public transportation and getting lots of “awws” from fellow commuters in the process.
There’s a lot to love about this little goofball. He barely ever barks, but he has an adorable “old man howl” when he gets impatient about going for a walk. He doesn’t chew up or eat Megan’s shoes, but he likes to “rearrange” them. His scruff forms the perfect back-mohawk, and he has the sweetest little snaggletooth you’ll ever see. His favorite things in his little doggie world are his sock monkey, blanket, and Megan.
We asked Megan for her advice on adopting a shelter dog, and here’s what she had to say: “You want a dog that matches your energy level. We wanted one who was pretty relaxed, so we looked for dogs based on that. There are a lot of tests you can do to find the right match.”
+ Are you nuts for mutts? Visit our Facebook page to see more ModCloth mixed-breed pups, and join us in celebrating National Mutt Day by sharing your own adoption story below.