National Mutt Day is Dec. 2, 2013

acarlson@ledger-enquirer.comDecember 2, 2013 

Heidi, dressed as a flower, walks across the stage Saturday morning at the Broadway Paw-rade at Market Days in Uptown Columbus. Heidi, owned by Marlina Cook, was among the more than 50 canine participants in the event, which raised money for local animal organizations. PAWS Humane, Soul Saver, and Animal Control had pets available at the event for adoption. Go to www.ledger-enquirer.com to see a spotted photo gallery from the event. 10/26/13

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National Mutt Day comes twice a year, which makes its name a bit of a misnomer.

We assume things like this are annual celebrations. Nonetheless, the rest of the name holds true: since 2005, on July 31 and December 2 of each year, National Mutt Day works "to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate the public about the sea of mixed breed dogs that desperately await new homes," according to its website.

The day was started by "celebrity pet expert and animal welfare advocate" Colleen Paige. It advocates for the "embracing saving and celebrating" of mixed-breed dogs, who are often ignored for purebreds or "designer dogs."

In the spirit of the day, the site offers a list of celebratory activities, including "have a portrait painted of your mutt to suspend the fleeting magic of muttdom" and "give your mutt a massage or holistic spa treatment."

See the full list here.

Looking to get involved? Columbus' Animal Care & Control maintains a daily list of "adorable dogs" — many of them mixed.

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