Kickass, the doorstop dog, has the floor—and the couch, today on National Dog Day (NDD), and passes on the following: “National Dog Day celebrates all breeds, pure and mixed and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues. NDD honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day—for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.” The keeper, having read the preceding, said he wished he could say the same for the human species. But it would be too much of a stretch, particularly as a human “kennel” management system holds sway favoring the tall dogs and not caring a rat’s ass for the mixed-breed mutts, of which the keeper considers himself one. He suggests a National Dumb Day.