Written by PETA
For those of us
who are proud to share our homes with rescued mixed-breed dogs, referring to
them as "mutts" seems a bit, well, undignified (although we adore the
strip by the same
name). When asked the inevitable question "What kind of dog is that?"
the obvious answer is "a shelter dog," but some of us have come up
with other creative responses like "sock
retriever," "love hound," "bed burrower," "spayed
sweetie" or "melting pot mixture." Now we'd like to make it
official and come up with a one-word name that celebrates all one-of-a-kind
dogs' diversity and uniqueness.
So, please, get with your friends and
family and toss some thoughts around as you think of all the shelter dogs you've
ever met. The name we pick will be made into a bumper sticker reading, "I ♥
my ______," and will be available at PETA's CaféPress store.
person who comes up with the winning name will receive a free sticker and an
awesome doggy gift basket, which includes two bags of vegetarian dog food generously donated from V-dog, a beautiful set of doggy dishes and a complementary treat jar from Daisy
Dog Studio, PETA President Ingrid E. Newkirk's book Let's Have a Dog Party,
and other toys and treats to keep mutts and their humans happy.
To enter the contest, simply post a
comment below telling us what name you think makes a great alternative to "mutt," and the commenter with the most creative name will be chosen as the winner.*
We'll announce the winner soon and give you a chance to advertise the joys of
rescuing (never buying) a proud pedigree-free canine family member.
deadline for this contest has been extended from the original date when the
contest was launched on August 31, 2011. The new deadline is as follows. Comment submissions
for the contest end November 1, 2011; a poll will post on November 29, 2011 on the blog, asking people to vote for their favorite submission. The poll will close December 12th, and the winner will be notified by December 15; and we'll
announce the winner and showcase the new bumper sticker by December 30, 2011. Be sure
and terms and conditions,
as you're agreeing to both by commenting. No purchase necessary. Prize subject to change. Void where
prohibited by law. Think hard, because if we don’t receive
any entries we believe are creative enough
to use on a PETA bumper sticker, we’ll come up with
one ourselves and declare the PETA bunny the winner.
by Michelle Sherrow
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