To all my black dog friends – today is National Black Dog Day! An awareness day for all black dogs.
Stats show that black dogs, no matter breed, size, gender or age are usually overlooked during adoption. But obviously not all hoomans feel the same way and we are proud to know many black dog owners who bucked the trend.
Here are our beautiful friends who are loved for who they are …
Maisy and Mac – part-time London and part-time Dorset doodles.
Lola in Rutland
Ted, our London Hyde Park Doodle friend
Our newest neighbour and a gent – Kingston came from the same breeder in Wales as my sister.
Dante, once a Hyde Park Doodle but now a Camber Sands doodle!
Hebe, who was also once a London poo and now lives in Dorset
Along with Blaze who was a Doodle Aid rescue.
And Krolle (Curly) from Norway! He’s a Londoner for now.
Petite Bruno who came from far away Tasmania and now resides in London/Richmond – after Singapore and a stint in NYC.
Another rescue is Belinha, once abandoned on the streets of Rio.
We met lovely Myrsky from Finland a couple of years ago.
And of course there’s me – the Hungarian refugee!
We are all loved by our hoomans. They chose us and sometimes we chose them – without their knowing. If you know us, you know we are as capable of learning, loving and as beautiful in and out like dogs of other shades.
Yes, we may be difficult to photograph – but hey! look at all these beautiful photos of us.
May’s comment: First of October is National Black Dog Day awareness day.
It encourages the adoption of a dog in the darker shades. Black dogs are less likely to be adopted for no other reason than their coloring. Regardless of behaviour, size, breeding, personality or age, the phenomenon persists. (National Black Dog Day)
National Black Dog Day was founded by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige.
I am proud to have my own. And I confess he has changed my own perception.
When I was looking for number 2 – my specification was to rescue a white Cockapoo girl. The Universe works in mysterious ways and I am sure that “white Cockapoo girl” would have stolen my heart too. But the Universe thought I had another lesson to learn after opening my heart to Darcy. For George not only made me love in a way I had not known how – for he was not the one everyone gravitated to – in fact he was not adopted nor fostered and Hungary Hearts Dog Rescue had asked a favour of me – can you foster him or he would not been allowed on the journey over. Could I foster him till they find him a home? He was unspoken for. I hesitated. He was a skanky little black dog. But at first meeting, he had me at hello – and took me by surprise. It didn’t take me long to see the little guy in him. He gave me a chance to look beyond the first impression. He gave me a chance to look deeper at his face, and to look into his eyes and see the soul behind them.
And what a character he is and how much love he has given to so many.
All dogs are beautiful in their own ways. Look beyond colour. See the love, their needs, and open your heart.