The letter from Brianne Wasserfall (March 3), the 10-year-old girl who found her "perfect dog" at the pound will hopefully turn the public’s attention to the pound again.
In recent years Americans have become fixated with purebred animals while dogs, particularly of mixed breed, are being killed at pounds across the nation for lack of homes. And while this tragedy is unabated, (some) breeders of purebred animals are operating puppy mills, a second tragedy, in which female dogs are sentenced to an existence of one litter after another.
I do not think people realize this or they would give second thought to seeking a purebred. Over the years I adopted two mongrel puppies from the Pinole Pound with great success. Both of terrier-mix, one male and one female, they were "perfect dogs" with great reservoirs of common sense and loyalty.
I find such mongrels, with their mixture of traits, to be superior. Yet in my RV travels across the nation I have seen almost nothing but pure breeds at every campground along the way. What a shame. What a crime. What a waste. (Bud Wakeland, El Sobrante, CA)