I love to search for random subjects while on search engines. I was looking up dog breeds, recently, and decided to search for the world's largest dog breed.
Of course, as I'm sure most of you have experienced, one subject leads to you another and then to another. I stumbled upon a Web site, http://www.blackpearldogs.com/, that is about a syndrome many people feel called " Big Black Dog Syndrome."
I was shocked and upset to read what this syndrome was! I felt so bad for the poor black-colored animals at the shelters and pounds that are discriminated against all because of the color of their fur. I've met many black-colored animals throughout my life, and I never remember one being mean or scary! My family adopted a black lab from the pound in Jackson County (Ohio), a few years ago. Wolfe is one large guy! But, he is full of love and affection! Basically, he's a big baby! I think that's why I was so upset to read about BBS on the Web site.
According to www.blackpearldogs.com, there are a few reasons why people tend to stray away from black animals. For example, the use of black- colored animals in folklore, the association of depression with the color black, darker colored animals are more aggressive or they overheat more easily than lighter animals.
One poignant example on this site was the excerpt for Sheba who was at the Mason County (West Virginia) Animal Shelter and I would like to share it with you...
It breaks my heart to think of all the poor animals that have love to give and are looking for their "forever home," and who would probably make a wonderful addition to someones life that are looked over because of their color. Just like the old saying " You can't judge a book by it's cover," you really can't judge a pet on the color of their fur. Me being "Miss Animal Lover," herself, if I could I would save every animal that's homeless... but sigh, I can't. But I do want to encourage people to adopt from a local shelter or pound, give these pound pups and cats a chance. Some of the best animals I've had have been from the pound.
I'm hoping to bring awareness about "Big, Black Dog Syndrome," and even if I change one person's opinion then I think I've been successful.