I am always game for a celebration (and no, to answer your question, not just because it's an excuse for cake! Although, now that I think about it, cake is not a bad idea...)
Mutts are the best, especially those who have been rescued. I have had three over the years, (two of whom are practicing their considerable powers of mental telepathy on me right now in the hopes that I will get the message that it's time for walking not writing!) and they are the best dogs in the world. Not that I'm biased. Or prone to hyperbole...
While there are some great kids' books that star dogs (Officer Buckle and Gloria, Biscuit, Lad A Dog, etc.) most of them are purebreds (German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Collie, respectively.) Off the top of my head, the only kids' story with a mutt I can think of is Benji. There should be more!
Which is why I am writing some. Yes, some - plural. I currently have 3 dog stories in the works, all of which star mutts. They just aren't finished. Maybe that's because I'm blogging instead of working on them... hmm... But I guess they'll have to wait another half hour or so until after the walk. Apparently mental telepathy works :)
For your viewing pleasure and in celebration of the day (with or without cake) let me introduce you to my 2 mutts. Please share your mutt and rescue stories in the comments!
(That's Jemma on the left and Scout on the right - sorry they're a little blurry!)