Wednesday, Black Dog Day, turned out to be very interesting. It is a subject very close to my heart as, of course, I am a black dog myself.
I remember when I first heard about how black dogs and cats are often overlooked when people are choosing a pet, and I remembered feeling very confused. I couldn’t work out why, so I started thinking hard.
Many more black animals are left behind in rehoming centres. It’s a fact.
It’s perfectly understandable that people want pretty pets, but why aren’t black ones considered to be as pretty? I am told I am pretty, and my fur is shiny! I know lots of beautiful black animals, all are equally as loveable and cute as any other colour
Don’t we all deserve the same chance of a happy loving home?
I feel that BlackDogDay was quite successful because I had lots of people asking me what it was all about. And when I explained, they all said they hadn’t realised! Some said they loved black dogs, which is great! The more people are aware of the issue, the better.
Then I got to thinking.
There are other groups of animals that seem to find it hard to get a loving home. Old dogs? Ones that have been ill or damaged, and Staffies. There seem to be an awful lot of Staffies looking for a home.
I wonder why this is? All of the Staffies I have met have been lovely dogs, friendly and sweet. It can’t be that they are any less of a good pet than any other kind of dog.
Old and ill dogs, I guess I can understand. People who want a pet, want a cute puppy, or at least a young dog who they can have in their lives for a long time. But those older dogs need a loving home too, even if it is only for a few years.
Should we have an #adopt an older dog day?
And should we have a #LoveAStaffy day?
Why shouldn’t we? These dogs must be given the same chances as the cute puppies.
Let me know what you think?