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Oscar the Mutt

A mixed-breed dog

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Anyone Interested In Getting A Dog, Should Adopt a Mutt

  • Dec 18, 2008
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As President-elect Barack Obama prepares to take office in a little over a month, not only will he be faced with the responsibilty of leading our country, but fulfilling a promise to his girls.

During his campaign, Obama told the American public that if he won the White House, he'd get his girls, Sasha and Malia a puppy. Well now that he's about to claim the Pennsylvania address as his own for the next four years, he'll have to make good on that promise.

People from all across the country have inundated the Obama family with their pick for the next first puppy. Suggestions for every breed, color and age have flooded in. Now I know Mr President-elect has said his daughters have allergies (I'm pretty sure Malia) which limits then on the breed they can get. But I would urge them to look seriously at a dog from some sort of rescue organization.

I adopted my big bundle of joy from the Humane Society of Missouri a little over a year ago. His name is Spencer and I couldn't imagine life without him. Yeah sure he eats things he shouldn't (like the turkey off my turkey sandwiches) and chews up things that he shouldn't (my favorite pair of black boots). But all those things are replaceable. His unconditional love though isn't.

I have to admit that when I got him I had no clue what do. I checked out 4 books within the first month of bringing him home looking for advice on what to do with my 45 pound bundle of joy. I soon picked up helpful advice not only from my reading, but from other helpful dog people willng to share their insight.

Spencer just turned two and I'd be lying to say he's perfect. I mean I think he is but I know he isn't the best behaved but every day is a learning experience. His background as a shelter dog has made certain obstacles and behaviors harder to overcome, but not impossible. If anything, having him has taught me that with patience and perseverance anything can be accomplshed. I only hope the Obama girls learn and experience the same joy and life lessons I have from a four-legged furry friend for life.
My Pride and Joy Me and Spencer

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July 08, 2009
That is great you adopted him! I was really sad when I had to give up my cat to a shelter three years ago. You should read @LisaLisa's review of Animal Shelter Pets, it will make you feel even better about your decision!
May 07, 2009
While I agree that mutts can make great pets, they're not necessarily for everyone. If there are specific characteristics that you are looking for in a pet, a mutt may not be the way to go because of the randomness of their genes. You never know what you're going to get. That's fine for some people but not for others.

Personally, I want to know what I'm getting in a dog. I want to know its family's health history & temperament. While these things can never be 100% certain, I have a pretty good idea of what to expect with a pure bred dog.

That said, if you're looking for a pure breed, you HAVE to do your research. Get to know the breed before hand, so you know what questions to ask the breeders. Also, it's important to get to know the breeder. Be leary of ads posted in newspapers. Most of those puppies are from backyard breeders that don't know squat about breeding. Check with the AKC. They can refer you to reputable breeders.

A reputable breeder does not breed for profit but to improve the breed.  They only use dogs that have passed health & temperament tests.  They should be willing to take the puppy (or dog) at any time if the owner decides that they cannot keep it. 

I have 2 dogs, a Golden Retriever & a mutt.  I love them both but have to say that the Golden Retriever has been so much easier because I knew what I was getting into when I got him. 
December 19, 2008
Ahhhh, I got chills! (I'm such a dorky dog lover.) Seriously, you are spot on with the mutt suggestion. I rescued a pit bull/lab mix this summer, and I can't even imagine my life without her now. Who knows what will happen to these dogs if we don't adopt them...
December 19, 2008
What a great story. I adopted a dog from an L.A. shelter about 4 years ago and she is the sweetest, smartest and cutest dog I have ever met. I don't need any breeding lines or papers or registrations to tell me that :)
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A mixed-breed dog, also called a mutt, mongrel, tyke, cur, bitzer, or random-bred dog, is a dog that has characteristics of two or more types of breeds.
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