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My Big Black Dogs

As a writer who works from home I am blessed that I look at these two sweet black dog faces more than I look at anyone else in my family. They lay by my desk as I write, they force me to take periodic breaks, they are my lunch buddies, my muses and my best friends. I look at their beautiful black faces and marvel daily at the different expressions that show their emotions like an open book.


Black Dog Syndrome refers to the lower adoption rates, longer waits for forever homes, and ultimately increased euthanasia rates for black dogs. Although the evidence for this is anecdotal rather than statistical, it is enough of a problem that some shelters have used creative means of promoting their black dogs, from brightly colored bandanas to special adoption events. DSCF0501

Personally, I prefer black dogs. As a Labrador parent I sought out a black puppy both times. Jackson and Tinkerbell now fill my home with black dog hair tumbleweeds, but previously there was Snoop, Cinder and Babe, all black Labradors. In fact, we specifically waited for a black litter. We would have had a wonderful puppy out of any of our breeder’s yellow litters as all of her puppies are amazing dogs, but as far as aesthetics go, black is my preferred Labrador coat. Their fur seems more silky and shiny, especially with their Canine Caviar holistic pet food that fuels them. To me they are simply works of art, from their tails to their noses, and every furry black inch between.1

Since I can’t understand how they aren’t the FIRST dogs to find homes, let’s run down some of the fun reasons why black dogs are the best!

10. Feed them good food and keep them nicely brushed and clean and their fur will shine like silk.

9. Black fur is easier to see when it’s time to vacuum.

8. Dogs with black faces do not get tear stains like lighter colored dogs.

7. It’s easier to see them in the snow.

6. Their fur won’t show up on your Little Black Dress, black dress pants, black sweaters or black leggings!

5.  Brightly colored collars pop beautifully against their fur!

4. In some breeds, like Labradors, their fur feels softer and more snuggly.

3. In the rescue world, one person’s unwanted dog is another person’s best friend!

2. You can sing Led Zeppelin songs to them.

1. Their hearts and souls are the same as lighter colored dogs!DSCF0259

Want to read more about Black Dog Syndrome or find your own black dog? Check out these great links: