Cindy's Mutts

This is National Mutt Day, so I wanted to share pictures of the mutts in my life, and celebrate the wonder of dogs.

It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am a 'dog person,' who considers the mutts in my life to be family members. Over the years, Jim and I have had several lovable mutts, who have improved our lives and offered up countless hours of love and laughter, and even a little heartache.

First, for us, came Floyd. He was a huge, 100-pound mix of Husky and Labrador Retriever, or a 'Huskador.' I often say that Floyd won my heart even before Jim did. Often cautious of people he didn't know, Floyd took a shine to me and had to be as close as possible whenever I was around. He lived to be 16 years old and was happy and active that entire time. In his life, Floyd was hit by a car, shot in the leg, and bit by a snake. Hearty, healthy, and sweet, he was the definition of a loveable mutt.

After Floyd passed, we brought Copernicus into our lives. Pern's mom was a beautiful chocolate lab and his dad was an ambitious and inventive Jack Russell terrier. Small in stature, but well-muscled, Pernicus was everyone's best friend. He wanted everyone to love him, and he became an incredibly social dog that we called our little rock star. Unfortunately, we lost Pernicus to lyme disease before he turned 4 years old.

And that brings us to Gifford. He's been a part of our family for about 2 years, and is a mix of Husky, German Shepherd, Springer Spaniel, Hound, and who-knows-what-else! Giff was a challenge, at first, with a strong will and an adventurous spirit. But with some patience and training, he's become an amazing dog. Like the others, Gifford carries the spirit of a mutt by being sweet, loyal, and loving.

I'd encourage anyone thinking of adding a dog to their family to consider the Mutt. They're happy, healthy, and eager to please, offering up endless unconditional love in return.

Now I want to see your mutts! Add your mutt's picture in the comment section under this post on our Facebook page.

God Bless the Mutts!