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‘Win It’ Wednesday: ‘Mutt Like Me’ Collar

Written by PETA | April 8, 2009

Thanks for all of your wonderful comments on this Win It Wednesday. The winners of the ‘Mutt Like Me’ collars are christine, Kelli, and Cheri Anderson-Albert. Congratulations!

President Obama has declared that he’s a mutt, so why doesn’t your mixed-parentage pup do the same? It’s easy with this week’s “Mutt Like Me” ID tag collar giveaway.

Did you know that millions of homeless animals are euthanized in animal shelters every year? Their deaths could be prevented if people spayed and neutered their animal companions and chose to adopt rather than buying animals from pet stores or breeders. Our “Change a Life: Adopt a Mutt Like Me” ID tag collar will help you and your canine companion get the word out about adoption.

 

Mutt Like Me

How do you win? Just leave us a comment describing the mutt(s) that stole your heart. Tell us how Fido or Spot changed your life, and the three most heartfelt answers will win a “Mutt Like Me” ID tag dog collar.

The contest ends on April 22, 2009, and we’ll choose three winners on April 24, 2009. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting. Check back every Wednesday for new prizes. Good luck!

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  • Alex says:

    My two dogs Lulu and Zena were amazing. If I was sitting on the couch at about 10p.m. Lulu would come up to me and start growling because that was her bed. We would cover her with a blanket and put a pillow under her head. Zena was just crazy. One day she came up to us and the whole left side of her mouth was swollen. My mom thought she might have a surprise in her mouth she often caught birds and once a possum. We eventually realized she bit on of our cactus plants. She was goofy like that. Unfortunately both Lulu and Zena had to be euthanized within 4 months of each other due to sever hip dysplasia which caused Lulu to be paralyzed from the waist down and Lymphoma which affected Zena. My family now dogsits a blind dog named Bear. Hopefully he will get to wear one of those nifty collars in the near future.

  • Cheri Anderson-Albert says:

    The first “mutt” I ever adopted was a borzoi mix named Richmond. He had been taken to a nokill shelter specializing in big dogs by his family who cited “allergies” as the reason for abandonment. “Richie” as we came to call him had serious abandonment issues and it took constant spoiling to make him feel secure. Within 2 years he and his “sister” Sophie chocolate lab mix rescued from a county shelter on her dday were professional jetskiers and neighborhood superstars. Richie died at 10 years old.

  • lydia says:

    omg my chihuahua abby we call her tapper was adopted 3 years ago her pic. was at the vet so we adopted her i clame her as mine and she is soo spoiled and she is spazomatic and is a little bit “SPECIAL”

  • Saucy says:

    My mut’s no slut he’s been fixed. He’s a s sheppardterrier mix. When we first met So I was told he was only three months old. He’s playful and a dayful of fun. He got me to play ball and go a for a run. He barks and barks and plays in the parks. Even at dusk even at dark. No fairweather friend is he On good days and bad he still loves me. He’s so handsome there’s no question If he were lost I’d pay a ransom. And if you intend to start a fight don’t forget this doggie knows how to put on a bite. You could lose an ear you could even lose your sight when my doggie bites with all of his might So don’t be a fool keep your cool cause my doggie knows how to make say OOWWWWW Yes he’s my best friend until the very end. And that’s the poop on my boy BOOP.

  • Kitten says:

    Winner! I vote for this story! My dog Anakin stole my heart and my 7 year old daughters heart. I had promised my daughter for years when we finally bought a house of our own we could get a dog. We were finally able to get a house and as soon as we were settled we went to the animal shelter to look around. There were lots of dogs to choose from but none of them seemed right. A lady volunteering there asked my daughter what she was looking for in a dog and my daughter said “I want a dog that no one else ever loved that can lay on the couch with me and I can make happy.” the lady smiled and went in the back. She came out with Anakin and we both fell in love. He is a chiuahuahmanchester terrier mix and the sweetest little guy you could ever meet. While filling out the paper work the volunteer told me the best part Ani had been at the shelter the longest of any dog there and they were sheduled to euthenize him within days. Every time he looks up at me with his lovefilled eyes my heart melts.

  • maurikelly23 says:

    My dog Karma is a great dog. He is 9 yrs old and i found him on the side of the road when he was about 5 months old. He was all pink from mange and he basically looked like a beautiful pink pig hehe!! Growing up we started to see some differences in him… He is now a 9 yr old albino who is mentally and physically handicapped!! He is the happiest dog though and the luckiest cause during his life he got hit by a car twice and survived!! I just love that dog and he is soo spoiled!

  • Kelli says:

    A few months ago I adopted my first shelter dog. He’s a Jack Russell mix but I have no idea what he’s mixed with. He’s the most uniquelooking dog with a personality to match! When I brought him home I figured he’d be nervous and shy but that very first night he jumped right up on my bed and went under the covers to sleep! He stole my heart right away and has made me see that it’s possible to love another great companion dog after my 17yearold Bichon Frise died two years ago.

  • Kelley says:

    Let’s not forget shelter cats! They are the best!!!

  • Peggy Edwards says:

    My dog Baker stole my heart when we walked into a Petsmart 12 years ago and they were having their pet adoption that day. We were talking to the lady running it and Baker came over and sat on my feet. Well if you can imagine that is the moment he stole my heart. The thing that Baker has taught me now that he is 17 years old and a senior dog is compassion and patience.

  • Alannah Sivyer says:

    I have had pets all my life and just when I think I have no room left a surprise comes. I have a lab mix and had been trying for a couple years to bring in a new dog as a friend for her. Every dog we tried young or old she hated. I had given up hope then one nite many months later my mother had phone while on the highway. She had recused a mother dog and two older puppies from the bush. Someone had abandoned the mother and her 5 pups on the highway and she was crossing daily to eat out of the garbage of a gas station. 3 pups had been run over already. My mother having three dogs already had the intent to keep all the new additions as well. After a couple of weeks of getting them back to health we took Abbie home happy to report our older dog Ellie loves her as much as we do. She is the most gental dog and we cann’t imagine not having her. We also found a loving home of the second pup and my mother kept the mom with her pack. Being big dogs people are usually a little stand off but once they see how sweet and loving she is they melt just like we all did.

  • Andrea Stanley says:

    My dog Aisley was a stray that showed up in a friend’s backyard. She had no hair on her tail because she had been bitten repeatedly by ants and she smelled like gasoline. I didn’t have a fenced in yard and I hadn’t had a dog since I was a kid so I wouldn’t even touch her because I didn’t want to become attached. When my friend came over to my house over the next few days we would sit on the back porch with Aisley and everytime I went inside she would scratch the door and whine not for anyone else though only me. Instead of me becoming attached to her SHE becamed attached to ME! Ever since that day she has been my spoiled little mutt. She has the best of everything and has only had to be boarded twice because I try to stay home as much as possible to be with her. I don’t know what I would do without her and I can’t imagine what my life would have been like had I not had her in it over the past few years.

  • christine says:

    My dog Anakin stole my heart and my 7 year old daughters heart. I had promised my daughter for years when we finally bought a house of our own we could get a dog. We were finally able to get a house and as soon as we were settled we went to the animal shelter to look around. There were lots of dogs to choose from but none of them seemed right. A lady volunteering there asked my daughter what she was looking for in a dog and my daughter said “I want a dog that no one else ever loved that can lay on the couch with me and I can make happy.” the lady smiled and went in the back. She came out with Anakin and we both fell in love. He is a chiuahuahmanchester terrier mix and the sweetest little guy you could ever meet. While filling out the paper work the volunteer told me the best part Ani had been at the shelter the longest of any dog there and they were sheduled to euthenize him within days. Every time he looks up at me with his lovefilled eyes my heart melts.

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    Daisy a terrierpomeranian mix is the sweetest smartest cutest mutt EVER being completely objective! She knows just how to be around me happy and bouncing around ready to play when I’m happy quiet and nuzzling my cheek when she knows that I’m sad. Unlike other mutts that I’ve had she LOVES baths and even has a preference of what kind of shampoo I use on her what a diva! Furthermore she loves being photographed she’s a natural born model and it’s sooooooo cute when she perks her ears up for the camera! Most of all even though she can’t have puppies of her own Daisy is a naturalborn mother she watches after her “baby brother” Cookie all the time even though he’s a pitbull about 4 times her size! It absolutely melts my heart when I see her barking at other dogs in an attempt to protect him. But that’s Daisy for ya a pintsized diva mama mutt and guard dog all rolled into one fantastic combination!

  • Amanda Goodwin says:

    Ariel was my mutt she was half black lab and half golden retriever. I first met her when she was about 3 years old. A lady had a few dogs and she was getting rid of ariel. Instantly you could tell Ariel had been abused. When you would go to pet her on the head she would duck her head tuck her tail in and pee on the floor. My parents didn’t want me to get her but i had already fallen in love with her and refused to leave without her. Within the first week i discovered many issues she had. She was food aggressive was deathly afraid of frying pans and would attack any man that walked into the house. Making me wonder if it was a man that had been abusing her. My parents wanted to get rid of her told me she was a bad dog but i knew she would only be put down because of her food aggression. It took me about a year of working with her. I would hold her dog food in my hands and have her eat out of my hands to know that i wouldn’t take it away. She finally stopped her food aggression problems and frying pans didn’t scare her as much. Her fear of men wasn’t as bad as it used to be but when a man came into the house she would run and hide. Ariel became my best friend. She was the dog i could tell all my secretes too and i only had 3 years to enjoy with her. Sadly after 3 years she was diagnosed with cancer and it was spreading to fast to stop. January 7th 2006 we had to put her to sleep. I still remember perfectly sitting next to her. I felt it was so unfair. I only got 3 years with her. I still have a really hard time thinking about it but looking back i feel so happy that at least I made her happy those last 3 years of her life. I gave her a life when every body else wanted to turn her away. I didn’t give up on her! There will never be another dog like Ariel!

  • Damon says:

    My partner and myself have a chihuahua and rat terrier mix named “Cookies”. Cookies has been there through a lot. He was my partner’s companion before I came into the picture and he helped him get through the pain of being diagnosed with HIV. Many nights my partner would feel extremely depressed and he felt that there was nothing to live for. Cookies would snuggle up to him for hours on end while my partner was bed ridden with an extreme amount of self hate. He looked in Cookies’ brown eyes and he knew that things would be ok. He made it through a very difficult time with the help of his “Mutt”. We would be lost with out are little man.

  • Rev. Meg Schramm says:

    Being a devout Christian I pray for many things. When I decided to adopt a dog therefore I prayed something like this Our dear Heavenly Father I would like to bring a dog into our lives to enrich all three of our lives. If this is your will I will accept the dog you choose to send but I keep getting this picture in my mind as I am requesting this of you a large very furry very black dog with a very long tongue and a confused frightened look on his face. If this is your choice for me please send me to where he is and make the road straight for adoption. In Jesus name Amen. The next day my husband and I were passing the Santa Ana animal shelter which no longer exsists and decided to stop. At first I did not see any large dogs so I was looking at a small black furry dachsund when I heard my husband call “Honey come look at this guy!” There in that cage was a large furry black Border Collie mix with a long tongue and a terrified expression on his face. He and his companion had been brought in to the shelter less than one hour before we arrived. We put our names on the list to adopt him and waited a long 72 hours the wait time for new animals. When I got the call that he was available I rushed down to pay the adoptionneutering fee. The shelter worker told me no one had even called in asking if a dog of that description had been picked up. A day or two later I picked up “Hooch” his shelter name which we changed to Bucka new name for a new life at the vet. As he was being led down the hall he had all the signs of a depressed dog head down tail dragging totally defeateduntil I called out “Hooch! Here boy!” HIs head jerked up and his face literally lit up his tail started wagging and boy did I get a face licking!! Buck has graced our lives 7 years now and we have spoiled him to death with love walks training dog park and beach trips and endless presents. He is truly a God sent blessing.

  • Carla says:

    Thor my Doberman cross was diagnosed with cancer when he adopted me 10 years ago. They said his chances of survival was nil and to let him go. Well at sixteen he’s still going strong and has a part time job now at The Seven Oaks General Hospital teaching cancer patients there to never give up. He may have had cancer but the cancer never had him. I love you Thor you are my rock!! xoxo

  • Helana Miller says:

    My dog Riddick stole my heart! My dog Cody died and about a year later the night before I went to the Humane Society to take home a new member of the family I had a dream I would adopt a big dorkball of a dog.. but that dog would only have one eye! Sure enough the next day I went and looked around and the first and last! dog I saw there was a big RottGoldie mix named Riddick and he had only one eye! He had been there since birth and he was very ill. He was only two and he had everything in the WORLD wrong with him and he was “unadoptable” but I adopted him and took him to a wonderful caring home where my puppies Howshe and Daizy and I nursed that big Lunkhead back to healthand now he acts like a horsesized puppy and he loves absolutely everyone he meets. He help me out with teaching kids in my neighborhood to be kind to animals and he is by far the best little “Man” in my life right now.