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Hug a big black dog today!

August 12, 2009

Apparently today is Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable-Pet Day (who knew??) and the Chron has a feature on the least adoptable of all: Big Black Dogs! Shelters report “big black dog syndrome”—something mysterious that seems to discourage adoptions of big black dogs.

Since we have a resident Big Black Dog, I figured a photo essay on their merits was in order.

TOP TEN SEVEN REASONS TO ADOPT A BIG BLACK DOG (hey, it’s late…)

1) They help around the house.

They help around the house.

What do you mean you just vacuumed?!?

2) They help around the yard.

Here, lemme take care of that {choose one: whitefly/crane fly/beautiful rare butterfly} for you...

Here, lemme take care of that {choose one: whitefly/crane fly/beautiful rare butterfly} for you...

3) They keep an eye on the neighbors.

They keep an eye on the neighbors.

Wait, remind me who you are again?

4) They appreciate the good things in life.

They appreciate a good vine-ripened tomato.

Mmm....would have been even better with a bit of olive oil and salt!

5) They can do tricks.

6) They have good manners.

7) ….and when you come home at the end of the day, they’re waiting for you.

Waiting up

If you live in the Bay Area, there are lots of great places to adopt a big black dog (or lots of others); here are a few of my favorites:

Like the Chron article says—start seeing black dogs!

Already have a dog? Here’s a (really bizarre, but hey!) event coming up in our ‘hood if you want a night out with your mutt while you raise money for some of the organizations above:

Hollywoof: Movie Night with your Dog
Friday, August 14, 2009, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Uptown Body & Fender, 401 26th Street, Oakland
From their website: “Hollywoof is a one-of-a-kind event for both dog lovers and dogs alike. With a dog masseuse pampering pooches, photographers taking candid portraits, free raffle prizes from local businesses, and a “Doggy” Bar, there will be plenty of entertainment for you and your pup. To cap off the evening, we will be showing the award-winning documentary “MINE” by local independent film maker Geralyn Pezanoski. All proceeds will benefit local organizations, “MINE” the movie, and its outreach efforts nationwide. And yes, dogs can stay for the movie too!” [The movie is about a Katrina survivor’s fight to be reunited with his dog, which had been rescued and placed out for adoption in another state after he had to leave the dog behind during the storm.]

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11 comments

  1. We too have a BB Labradane! They really look like they could be from the same litter! We should have a meetup sometime. (We’re in Oakland, too!)


  2. Too funny—I wonder if yours is one of our dog’s doppelgängers that we see around town! And I like the idea of a big black dog meetup—it’s always pretty entertaining when we run into a couple of close-to-identical-if-you-don’t-know-them neighborhood dogs at the dog park! Throws the other folks there for a loop. 🙂


  3. Your dog seems awesome.


  4. Thanks—we think so!


  5. You have a beautiful,shiny bbd. We have one too. His name is Cabot.


  6. ok, so how do i teach my bbd the bang trick?


  7. Michael Vick in Oakland Oct 18th. A local Oakland volunteer group, Badrap.org rescued quite a few of Vick’s dogs.

    “Vick refuses to meet former Bad Newz Kennel dogs while in Oakland

    Late last week, Oakland based pit bull advocacy group BAD RAP invited Michael Vick to view eight of his former Bad Newz Kennels dogs from behind a window while in town for the Raiders game on October 18, but the offer was refused. The invitation was extended to allow Vick an opportunity to acknowledge the victims of the crimes he committed while running a dogfighting operation that employed torture and death as a means to punish underperforming dogs. Vick has indicated remorse for disappointing his fans, his family, his teammates and his coach, but has steered clear of mentioning his victim dogs in public statements.

    BAD RAP Co-Founder, Tim Racer said: “Oakland is a town that welcomed Vick’s broken dogs with open arms back in 2007. We understand Vick is trying to right his wrongs and is very interested in redemption, but you can’t find redemption without acknowledging your victims. Making amends to the dogs themselves would have helped to create some closure for many of us, especially the people who worked so hard to keep them from being destroyed. It seems that Vick is not ready to go there.”

    Pamela Browner-Crawley, public affairs director for the Philadelphia Eagles, relayed BAD RAP’s offer to Vick. To satisfy the conditions of Vick’s parole that bars him from being near animals, a location was identified that would allow him to view his former dogs from behind a window, at legal distance. On Wednesday, Crawley contacted BAD RAP to decline on behalf of Vick. Ignoring the fact that legalities would be followed, she explained, “Michael is not allowed to be around dogs by a court order, so logistically and legally, your plan can’t work.”

    “We were fairly certain that he would decline our invitation, given his continued refusal to make mention of his dogs,” said Racer. “The unfortunate thing is that his new position of compassion towards animals would be so much more credible if he could actually say that he looked his victims in the eye and said, “I’m sorry.”


  8. Len, the bang trick is surprisingly easy to teach. (D. has successfully taught it to several friends’ dogs just in the space of an afternoon!) Basically you just give the command and then guide the dog down, then give a treat. Doesn’t take them long to get the gist of it; takes a little longer for them to learn to be frozen (stopping the tail wag is the hardest—dead dogs don’t wag tails!), but not much. It’s actually a great training trick since they get to practice holding a stay—and it’s surprisingly useful. (We originally just taught it as a parlor trick, but now use it to get him quickly on his back for tick searches, vet appointments, etc.)


  9. Man, I completely agree with you on that.

    There’s just way too many fools out there that can’t understand.

    In fact, I was arguing with my sort of friend sean yesterday about this, and they wouldn’t believe me that he was wrong. Now I can just show them your blog 🙂

    Ed.: Okay, this is yet another thinly veiled spam attempt and I usually just delete these, but I just found this one too funny in context…YES! Your sort-of friend Sean was TOTALLY wrong about big black dogs. What a fool! Man. (But sorry, Lil Wayne….had to delete your spammer URL. Oh well.)


  10. Is that your dog on the cover of the East Bay Municipal Utility District mailing?


  11. Ha! No, not that I know of (though I haven’t seen the mailing)…but he has a tendency to look like a lot of other Big Black Dogs. 🙂



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