Mumma was reading another in a long string of articles about the curse of the color black in canine rescue. It all boils down to this: if you’re a larger dog and your coat color is black, you’re just about doomed. If you’re a smaller dog and your coat color is black, you are slightly less doomed than the larger dog, but still pretty doomed.
It’s insidious and probably goes back to our earliest superstitions. Black has always been associated with bad things. Witches, devils, darkness, evil, the bad guy in the Western movies. Black animals have been considered familiars for all the nasty things that go bump in the night. We laugh about it but way deep down it has a hold on us. All the black dogs and cats waiting for adoption in the shelters can attest to this.
I’m sure you’re shaking your head, no that’s not me. I am fine with black dogs and cats. But ask yourself this, have you ever owned a black animal? The majority of us will have to answer no. It’s not that you go to the shelter or the breeder or wherever and say, I hate black dogs, I’m not going to adopt one (though some
There are people out there who are doing everything they can to find homes for the chromatically challenged. One lady has started a website called Black Pearl Dogs. It highlights all that is amazing and good about these dogs. Trying to cut through the clutter of brain stem evolution and maybe get you to consider the great dogs underneath that coat color. Please check this website out and share it with your friends.
Next time you’re at the shelter please stop and take some time with a black coated dog. Even if he doesn’t seem as “pretty” as the other dogs. You’ll find out that they’re all as special and unique, as lively, frisky, loving and snuggly as all the other dogs. And they’re more in need than the other dogs since they are more likely to be euthanized or languish for years in the shelter system without your help. We can attest first hand that life with a chromatically challenged dog is wonderful. We know from our experiences with our own Bat Girl. Besides that, black goes with everything and everything looks good on a black dog.