Monday, December 14, 2009
Black Dog Syndrome
When I first heard that black dogs are difficult to adopt out because of their color, I was astounded. I had always found black-colored animals beautiful and never in my dreams would have thought it detrimental to shelter adoption but apparently it's true: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23472518/
So if you're a black-colored "pit" bull in a shelter, well, you really have life stacked against you. But don't tell that to Misty. She's one of my shelter favorites - with her floppy ears, joyful personality and loving eyes, Misty's cheerful energy is anything but dark.
Sure she looks like a tasmanian blur when she's in the kennel, bouncing off the walls with puppy-impatience. Once you get her out of that environment, though, she is a sweetheart. She walks easily on leash, sits beautifully and absolutely loves to play. I got these shots of her in a few precious moments of freedom where she ran zoomies around the play area and then spent much-needed decompression time cuddling with me, letting me rub her belly and leading me on a gentle chase round the pen.
After spending time with this love-bug I feel anything but gloomy. I wouldn't care if she was purple and green, let alone gorgeous shining black.