Mutts The Book Launches for the love of mixed breed dogs.

Mutts Book

I’ve just had a mail that introduces me to the wonderful work by Emma O’Brien who has created a book dedicated to all the gorgeous mixed breed rescue dogs in the world. Mutts the Book features portraits and stories of 70 adopted shelter dogs who have found new homes in spite of the odds stacked against them because they don’t conform to a specific breed standard.

Emma is a passionate advocate for rescue dog adoption and after regularly volunteering at Sandton SPCA and CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) she became aware of the problems that face mixed breed dogs when they end up at shelters.  The main aim of Mutts the Book is turn the misconceptions about mixed breed dogs around. Far from being ordinary or inferior, readers will learn about the unique characteristics that make mutts wonderful family companions.

Emma says, “Shelters in South Africa are overflowing with dogs that are often overlooked by potential adoptees because they don’t fit a breed standard and are perceived to be inferior and less desirable than a pure breed Labrador for example. Over 500 dogs are put to sleep in this country every day, most of them will be mixed breed dogs like the ones in the book.  This is something I’d like to change.” This is something that I as an advocate for ‘Adopt Don’t Breed’ find impossibly difficult to understand.

Inspirational stories of one of a kind mixed breed rescue dogs and the unique cuteness and character they are bringing to their adopted forever homes.

Sales proceeds from the book are being split between Sandton SPCA and CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) to assist them with their ongoing work and as well as raising funds, Emma hopes that by challenging preconceptions about shelter dogs, Mutts will encourage more people to consider adopting a dog rather than buying one.

The Launch Details and were to buy the book.

The book has been made possible as a result of a generously supported crowdfunding campaign on Thundafund and will be launching at Full Stop Café, Parktown, Johannesburg on Sunday 19th November at 3pm. For those of us who can’t make the launch, Mutts the book will be stocked in book stores nationwide and you can also purchase online at 

For more information please contact Emma cell 076 564 4365 or emma@emmaobrien.comAs a mother of two dogs that are my best friends and who hold my heart, one a so called ‘Mutt’, I strongly support this initiative and wish Emma and her book every success. The pups really do make the most loyal and loyal friends.


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