It’s amazing! In watching a segment on the Today Show, I learned about the phenomenon called black dog syndrome. Apparently, because of the color of their fur, black dogs have a tougher time being adopted from the animal shelters. One of the reported reasons is that black dogs don’t photograph well, which of course makes them less preferred than the dogs with lighter colored furs. Sounds familiar! Yes, that’s right! Black dogs are passed over too! Of course, black dogs are cuddly; make good watch dogs and pets like their lighter colored dog mates. Discrimination because of the color of your skin or in this case, the color of their fur, never ceases to end! So dogs receive the blunt of the color hardship, innocently if I must say, just like us Black folks. People just can’t get over this color thing – whether you are a four legged animal or a two legged human. Alright, I will not challenge the well-known axiom, “Dog is man’s best friend.” I will sarcastically throw in a slight realistic caveat to this catchphrase; a modified version. My proposed tagline reads “A black dog can be man’s best friend” if man decides to take him home! I never imagined that discrimination based upon color existed in the dog pound! Dag!
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Doesn’t the black pup in the photograph look adorable?