This month, Daisy Mae (our columnist and registered seizure-alert dog) takes a look at one reason she narrowly escaped euthanasia herself: the color of her fur.
- by Daisy Mae Delray
Big Black Dog Syndrome
Their statistics also show that it takes longer for adult cats and pit-bull type dogs to be adopted. All dogs and cats need homes and the initially overlooked ones are often the best pets. They seem to appreciate the rescue a little more.
I am a mostly black dog who was almost euthanized, so hearing about this got my attention. Big black dogs are consistently the hardest dogs to place – even if they are friendly and healthy and well-trained.
There are a number of reasons for this sad statistic, including the fact there are lots of black dogs, there are so many to choose from, they don’t photograph as well, and they look “ordinary” - whatever that means. To make it worse, a bad depression is often referred to as a visit from the "black dog." Finally, black dogs are often portrayed as the “bad guys” in the movies.
In January 2014, NBC did a piece on black dogs. It appears that big black dogs are starting to get some attention, but there are still too many of them overlooked.
Singer, songwriter Emmy Lou Harris wrote a song for the movie, Cats and Dogs. Ms. Harris rescued a black dog that was the impetus for her animal rescue in Tennessee, Bonaparte’s Retreat, which led to her hit song for the film. She calls the song Big Black Dog.
Daisy Mae's top ten reasons to adopt a black dog or a black cat:
Reason number ten: We don’t clash with your furniture or clothing
Reason number nine: We don’t clash with any collar you might choose either
Reason number eight: Ease of vacuuming! You can quickly spot the areas of most need
Reason number seven: We hide the dirt well
Reason number six: We make an excellent “backdrop” for a second lighter colored dog
Reason number five: Availability! We are available at every shelter and rescue place
Reason number four: No annoying questions about breed. People are content with “BBD
Reason number three: Excellent for night walks. The “bad guys” are afraid of us
Reason number two: Status symbol potential –we are black pearls
Reason number one: WE NEED YOU
Keep your tail high and your feet dry.