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See that picture? Go ahead and say it, ” awwwww!” Who couldn’t love that adorable black pup? But did you know that the same stigma that surrounds black cats also affects black dogs? It’s crazy but true! Even today, there are still people who mistakenly believe that black dogs are bad omens and harbingers of rotten luck. National Black Dog Day, celebrated each year on October 1, seeks to change that.
We love black dogs! Their shiny coats are like satin, especially when you’re out playing in the warm sunshine. Unfortunately, too many black dogs languish in shelters because people are hesitant to adopt them. Today is the day to give black dogs the love they deserve!
National Black Dog Day Activities[list="holiday-list holiday-list-celebrate"][*]
Adopt a black dogThe good news: there are plenty of black dogs to choose from at a shelter near you. The bad news: it's because of so-called "Black Dog Syndrome" — that often unconscious phenomenon, that leads to fewer black dogs being adopted.
Let others know, tooMany people are actively looking to adopt a dog. Spread the word about the plight of these black beauties so that people may be more inspired to adopt a black dog.
Save a black dog's life todayMany people pass over black dogs at animal shelters, preferring to take home animals with lighter coats. That means black dogs are more likely to be put down. This is often because people have a negative association with black dogs, regardless of breed.
5 Bright Truths About Black Dogs[list=holiday-listicle__list][*]
"Black Dog Syndrome" may not be a real thingAlthough anecdotal evidence suggests that black dogs are less likely to be adopted than their lighter-colored shelter mates, these findings are still hotly debated.
If "Black Dog Syndrome" exists, it's less apparent in the PNWA recent study showed that black dogs in Pacific Northwest animal shelters had shorter shelter stays than dogs of other colors.
Romeo the Wolf loved humans — and dogsRomeo, a black wolf living near Juneau, Alaska, was famous for his friendly interactions with both dogs and people.
Black dogs are literary legendsFrom ancient folklore to Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter, black dogs have been storytelling sensations for thousands of years.
Black dogs inspire rock 'n' roll, tooThe Led Zeppelin song, "Black Dog," was named after a black Labrador that hung out near their recording studio. (The song, however, has nothing to do with dogs.)
Why We Love National Black Dog Day[list="holiday-list holiday-list-loveit"][*]
Dogs are humans' best friendsThey've been bred for thousands of years to love and to serve us. That's why they quiver with excitement when they see their human buddies heading their way.
Black dogs are beautifulWe love dogs of all colors. Black, tan, white, patched, brindled, marbled. But there's something special — classic, even — about a jet-black pooch that sets them apart from the pack.
Sheltered black dogs are unfairly overlookedBlack dogs are often the least-adoptable pets in shelters, simply because of their color. This is sometimes, but not always, the result of superstition. Some people think black means bad or evil, so they opt to adopt an animal with a lighter-colored coat.
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