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Big Black Dog Syndrome

Now I'm not only mad, I'm completely appalled.  For those of you who didn't know this about me, I am an animal lover.  I also believe in adopting rescues.

My feelings about the subject can best be summed up as:
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Animals are not my whole life-they just make my life whole.

I'm bringing this up because while I was trying to find a vet that believes in cleaning an animal's teeth without sedating them, I came across the syndrome which I'm using as my title this week.

A bit of background on my love of dogs and cats-I've always loved my pets.  No, I have never dressed them up, put them in a purse or "pushed" them in a stroller or taken them anywhere without a specific invitation, but they have always been considered a big part of our family.

When growing up, my terrier mix and I were inseparable.  Our cat and her son and the terrier were treated to Sunday morning breakfast (French toast and syrup) and coffee with the rest of us.  After I got married, our first "child" was a pure white domestic short haired stray cat that cost us a fortune, but we loved her and cared for her through mostly sick and thin for 13 years.  Our shepherd mix had us crying buckets for weeks at her passing at age 13-1/2 as well.  

Truth be told, we cried harder for those animals at their passing than for several relatives that shall remain nameless.  Both of them behaved better, had more heart and loved us unconditionally.  As we did for them.

We adopted Sunshine and Pepper and have loved every minute of their existence in our lives.  The thought of them not being with us truly chokes us up.

Now, with this in mind, imagine my dismay when I read about THE BIG BLACK DOG SYNDROME?

What exactly is this horrible occurrence you are asking-it's this, more big black dogs are euthanized than any other canine! Why?

Not because of anything more than people not liking how they look!  What is that?  To prove a point this website for adopting rescues took a picture of 5 Labradors.  4 were black, 1 golden.  Then they proceeded to say that the golden lab spent one day in the shelter, 2 of the black ones went through 3 adoption displays before they were taken and the other 2 went through 5 and then were euthanized!

That very day, before I was surfing the net looking for my original intent of finding a vet who wouldn't sedate my 12-1/2 year old Sunshine just to clean her teeth, we had been to the pet superstore to buy her food and biscuits.  There was a dog adoption fair going on.  

Honestly, had the roof not had to have the expensive repairs, the 3 skylights hadn't been leaking and the dryer not died in the prior weeks before (and I hadn't lost the day job), my husband and I would have adopted a big black dog.  We saw a close match for our black shepherd Lucky at the fair.  This pup was also a shepherd mix with the same white chest and under chin, with little white tips on her great big paws.  She was 12 weeks old.  Very calm, very sweet and I can't tell you how much we wanted to bring her home for our present crew of Sunshine, Pepper and Toby.

  

This is why we believe in pet birth control.  After reading about this horrible fate of perfectly wonderful animals, I was furious.  Not only because this is happening, but also because I couldn't run back to the fair and spend the $350 to adopt at least one of the BIG BLACK DOGS I had to leave behind.



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      Sweetnsassy wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I just happen to own a black dog and I rescued her from our local shelter.  She’s part cocker spaniel and adorable! She’s been THE BEST animal anyone could hope for.  I’m also an avid animal lover! Thanks for sharing your story.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • we also had a big black dog-she was named Lucky for a reason.  We were just as lucky to have her as she was to have us.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • Most all of our animals are rescues (with the exception of our dairy goats and LGD.) I mentioned my husband’s love and total acceptance of me and who I am on another post. Impulsively I bought not 1, not 2, but 3 Arabians at a recent rescue auction. I feel sorry for dogs and cats, but at least they can fend for themselves to some degree. It makes my blood boil to see any animal mistreated or neglected, but to see horses who have their halters imbedded in their faces and literally starving to death in pastures with no food or water infuriates me. I’d rather see them be sold for meat. At least their deaths wouldn’t be slow and miserable. Now we have an animal feed bill that rivals our grocery bill (and there are 11 of us.) Did my hubby complain? Nope!
      I’d rescue all the dogs, cats, horses, and everything in between if I had a place for them and the funds to feed them.



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      Cindy Stewart Penkoff wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • My big black dog, was a rescue dog as well.  All black with white tipped paws.  He is black lab & English setter.  So he has very long hair and at 90lbs is lot of dog.

      He is 4 1/2 and we could never live without him or or girl zana.



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      Michelle Rowe wrote Nov 14, 2008
    • I just rescued a dog whose fate was euthanasia for sure. She’s not big and black but I am now a proponent for adopting. Cee Cee was diagnosed with heartworm and we decided to treat her because she was such a sweet girl. When the vet told me she had heartworm, I started to cry. I looked down at her and through my tears, she looked at me with a big smile, as if she were asking “What’s Up? Can we go now??“. She captured my heart!

      It’s too bad that the dog and cat population is so out of control. It really comes down to education.

      Have you heard of Island Dog, Inc? Check out their website www.islanddog.org

      The guy that started this is working to have children educated about pets and responsibility and to have it begin in elementary school.

      Cee Cee



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • I love black dogs!! I have had 5 in my lifetime. And have one right now. Shelter dogs and cats



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • I had a black lab when I was a kid. She was the best dog we’ve ever had. My dad cried buckets when she had to be put down after a tumor burst and the vet couldn’t save her.

      And I love black German Shepards. They look like royalty!

      I had no idea that black dogs were subjected to being euthanized more than others. That’s horrible.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Nov 28, 2008
    • we felt the same about our big black dog-we still choke up.



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      Anne E wrote May 12, 2009
    • I Love big black dogs.  I had a mostly black lab that I had to give up when I got divorced.  He went to a friend in Florida where he lived for 9 more years before he passed on. I still think of Sammy as my dog although other people had him a lot longer than I did.  Black dogs rock!



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      Max0125 wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • Thank you for posting this. I adopted two big black dogs who are brothers and had been horribly mistreated. I read about big black dog syndrome a few years after I adopted them and I couldn’t believe it. These dogs have shown me nothing but 100% love and compassion and have enriched my life beyond measure. I will always rescue dogs ( I am allergic to cats, otherwise I would rescue them as well) and hopefully someday I will rescue horses! We can only lead by example and hopefully we will be able to educate the public that color doesn’t matter.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 2, 2009
    • let’s all hope so, so happy you helped 2!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jun 6, 2009
    • she’s adorable, reminds me of my own little terrier when I was growing up



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