This year, we are celebrating National Mixed Breed Dog Day, or National Mutt Day as it is affectionately known, with a collection of photos.  A big thank you to these lucky mutts and and their humans for sharing their stories.

This is Aero. He’s a purebred “Dorkhound,” according to his owner. A self-taught herder and the fun police, Aero has a small appetite, loves only a few toys, and has a major crush on the girl dog next door.


Say hi to Raezor. She’s an Australian Shepherd, English Springer Spaniel mix, adopted at 13 weeks of age when she had been returned to the shelter for being “a stupid, untrainable puppy.” She’s a certified search dog now, so who’s the dumb one?


Josie is a heartbreaker. She was found as a stray and went unclaimed until she captured the heart of her owner and pretty much everyone she meets.


Bisky is a Chihuahua, Dachshund mix who charmed her owners on their second visit to the shelter with her constantly wagging tail. She’s never met a dog or kid she didn’t like and prefers to sleep under the covers.


Posey arrived before Christmas in 2011 and has proven herself to be an excellent neighborhood watchdog, alerting a neighbor to a fire, keeping squirrels at bay, and making sure that every guest to her home is well-loved and thoroughly sniffed.


Chip is a “Dorkie,” a Yorkie/Dachshund mix. He was adopted when his owners were heartbroken that human children did not seem to be part of their future. Chip is now the best big brother a sweet baby girl could ever have.


Brittany was most likely a Border Collie/Pointer mix, given that she couldn’t decide if she was herding or hunting. She had been surrendered for being too active, thus requiring a home where she could run off that energy daily and challenge her brain with pet assisted therapy.


Caliber was pulled from a high kill shelter and brought into rescue.  An Australian Cattledog/Australian Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix, who needed a job and found one, she became certified as a Search Dog in April.


Momo is a speed demon who never walks anywhere that she can run instead. She goes 90 miles an hour from sun-up to sundown.  Most likely a Rat Terrier/Chihuahua/Roadrunner mix.


This is Hank.  Hank has tried a couple of different careers that didn’t seem to suit him. He has now found his passion and purpose as a service dog for a veteran. They are an unstoppable team.


And finally, this is Shadow.  She was 3 hours away from euthanasia when rescued by a grad student in Animal Behavior.  This Border Collie mix was described as fearful, shut down, and without skills.  While she was afraid at first, she most certainly wasn’t without skills, never needing a leash and remaining by her owner’s side until she passed away from doggie dementia at 16 years of age.

Julie Bond

Julie Bond is a voracious reader with eclectic tastes running the gamut from YA lit, to psychological suspense, and anything dog-related, of course. You can find her haunting her favorite San Francisco Bay Area indie bookstores. Email her at


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