Q. Do you know the most common purebred dogs found in shelters?

A. The top two purebred dogs found in shelters are Pit Bulls and Chihuahuas. Only 5 percent of the dogs in shelters are purebred.

Desperately longing for a new home, millions of loving and healthy mixed breed dogs in shelters wait for someone to come and adopt them. National Mutt Day provides an excellent opportunity to find the perfect canine companion. Despite the name, a mutt learns, obeys and trains much like purebred animals. While their lineage cannot be traced and their features a bit murky, their companionship will be faithful.

And did you know, Mason, the hero in my upcoming middle grade novel, Mason the Museum Dog is a mixed breed? When he’s separated from his owner during an earthquake it’s just the beginning of the adventure . . . Look for it in 2023! And in the meantime – why not bring a mutt home to love who’ll love you back?

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