Mutt Mixer Adventure and Misadventure

Maya Mutt Mixer 1

Maya, lots of dogs, and lots of people at the Lawrence Humane Society Mutt Mixer.

What is a Mutt Mixer? It is an event put on by our local humane society here in Lawrence where the public is invited to bring their dog over for some outdoor fun. Our dogs and adoptable dogs hang out in one of several large fenced areas. Everyone has a good time socializing. We people get to ‘mix’ with other dog people while the dogs ‘mix’ with one another. This event gives the adoptable dogs get a chance to get out of their pens, practice their socialization skills, and show off their cuteness in hopes of getting adopted.

Maya Mutt Mixer 2

Lots of dogs at the Mutt Mixer. Maya is going to go introduce herself.

Maya Mutt Mixer 3

Ooops! Someone’s getting a really good sniff. Hi Maya!

Maya came with me to this recent event and had a great time. She loves socializing with other dogs and with people too. I had a good time as well for the same reasons. Unfortunately, Maya started showing symptoms of a doggy cold about a week later. I’m not sure if she caught it at the Mutt Mixer or not, but the vet seems to think so. Fortunately, it is not serious. She just has a slight runny nose and sneezes from time to time. She is almost over it, but now Pierson has it.

We were warned at the Mutt Mixer that although the humane society is not currently having issues with bordetella, there is still a possibility of it. Bordetella often happens when you get a large group of dogs together, even if you take all the precautions and keep the facility clean (as our humane society does). I signed a waiver saying I understood this. Before I attended the event with Maya, I also confirmed with my vet that she was up to date on her bordetella vaccination. So I don’t blame the humane society in any way for Maya getting sick.

What is bordetella? I call it a doggy cold. Like our common cold, there are many strains. So even though Maya had a bordetella vaccine, she still caught it because it was a different strain. Like our common cold, it is relatively mild and doesn’t last long. Also, like our common cold, it is harder on the young and old and it can be complicated if there are other health concerns. And like our common cold, the symptoms can vary. Mild symptoms include coughing, sneezing, or runny nose. More concerning symptoms include fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, or even pneumonia. Maya has visited the vet and she does not have any of the more severe symptoms. Read more about bordetella, or kennel cough, on PetMD.

If having large groups of dogs together increases the likelihood of someone contracting bordetella, this means Mayta could just as easily get it at the dog park or doggy day care. I’m interested in knowing what you think of our Mutt Mixer event. Do you think Maya might have gotten sick from it? Would it make me irresponsible to take her to the next Mutt Mixer event in July? What are your thoughts?

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10 Responses to “Mutt Mixer Adventure and Misadventure”

  1. ScottieMom Says:

    I hope Maya feels better soon. I know how frustrating it can be when we don’t know what made our pups sick. The important thing is that she gets better! And no, I don’t think it would make you an irresponsible dog mom to bring her to another Mutt Mixer. Socialization is good! Much love, The Scottie Mom.

  2. Marcie Says:

    It sounds like you and Maya had a fun time! Fortunately, it sounds like the little cold was mild and that she’ll be better in no time!

  3. 2browndawgs Says:

    Sounds like a great event. Are the dogs up to date on other vaccines? That would be my issue. If they are then I think it is OK to take your dog. Thunder caught bortadella after a dog show and Freighter caught it while at a field training grounds last year. It is just one of those things. The important thing is that if the humane society thinks one of their dogs may have it or have had it, that they isolate that dog for the proper time. I would ask them about that and maybe ask them to reinforce that to others who come with their own dogs. If they won’t then I would stay away.

    • ILoveDogs Says:

      Yes, the humane society makes sure the dogs are all up to date on shots and if any dog has signs of bordetella they isolate them. I am confident they took all reasonable precautions. And I think you’re right, it is just one of those things. Thanks for commenting! :)

  4. Roxy the Traveling Dog Says:

    Well feel better soon Maya.

  5. bingogirldeana Says:

    Aww I hope Maya feels better soon. I’m glad she’s alright. Just like 2browndawgs said, so long as they’re up to date on their shots, I think it’s okay. :) Just like with humans, we can be healthy as horses, do everything right, and still get sick. Oddly enough I often do the wrongs things and manage to avoid getting sick unlike those around me that don’t lol. Either way it looks like everyone had a great time and it sounds like a fun event. We have so many mutts roaming abandoned here in Costa Rica, I wish we had something similar. Doggy love is for everyone. :) Thanks for sharing, and I hope you can make it again next year!

  6. Gizmo Says:

    To me there’s a risk every time I take Gizmo to a doggie event…At least with the dogs from the shelter you know they’re up to date on vaccinations…i’d think the greater risk was from “owned” dogs that weren’t…Just like anything else, you can wrap Maya and Pierson in cotton wool or let them be dogs…I vote for them being dogs…I’m sure they’ll both be feeling better soon

  7. FleaByte Says:

    Poor babies. Colds are miserable any way you slice it. Looks like a great time, though! I love that the rescue dogs were showing off. Were many adopted?

  8. snoopys@snoopysdogblog Says:

    Sounds like a fun event, but sorry you got sick Maya! Sending you all some extra hugs ‘n’ wags! :)

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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