In today's Bleat, Lileks again repays me for reading through lots and lots of stuff I find inane and boring. With just over 100 words, he captures that which makes mixed breeds so special:
The puppies – or baby puppies, as Gnat called them – all went for more than $400, which just seems wrong. Get one at the pound and give the money to the shelter, I say. Granted, purebreds cost extra. You want the dog, you pony up. But give me a mutt any day. They’re individuals. I think some people want a particular breed so they can keep the same dog going over the years – even though temperament varies within the breed, they look the same. I’d love another Jasper Dog someday, but there’s something special about the idea that he’s one of a kind.
Indeed. The rest is pretty good, too.