Sometimes it takes me a little while to catch up on things…. and in this case Daisy (who feels very strongly about this) and I were a bit late learning about National Black Dog Day which was actually exactly one week ago on Monday 1 October in the USA.
Daisy says “black dogs are beautiful”
Black Dog Day was created by Colleen Paige – who went to an animal shelter in 2013 to adopt a dog and was moved to tears after seeing a seriously injured black dog begging for help with longing eyes. The staff were less concerned about her condition than they might otherwise have been and told Colleen that “since nobody wants a black dog she is most likely to be euthanized.” Colleen adopted the dog – who over the course of the next 12 months made a full recovery – but not only that she formed Black Dog Day on the anniversary of her death to highlight the plight of black dogs everywhere.
Daisy says “black dogs are goofy and fun!”
I had no idea that in shelters black dogs were continually passed over in favour of lighter coloured canines. In fact black dogs and cats belong to the “harder to adopt pets” category and take four times as long to find their forever homes. I have been lucky enough to own (to date) three of the most beautiful, loving and kind black dogs that any owner could wish for and was horrified to learn about this.
Daisy says “you can always find your black dog in the snow!”
Just like any other dogs, black dogs can be loving, caring and good natured. But movies, stories and illustrations have given them a scary reputation – imagine the Hound of the Baskervilles for instance, but in reality they’re nothing like that – just regular dogs wearing a dark coat.
If you’d like to learn more then please just CLICK HERE to read the full article about Collette and Black Dog Day – and spread the word – black dogs are no different to any other colour!
Daisy says “I was such a cute puppy!”