A Big Black Dog On A Summer Day

Definition of  “BBD:” – Big Black Dog or “BDS:” – Black Dog Syndrome  1. “The general public is not aware of how doomed black dogs are when they are brought to a pound.”  2.  “Nobody wants a black-coated dog.”

3.  Black Dogs Face a Hard Choice at Shelter   (Article that first appeared in The Bark, issue 35, Mar/Apr 2006.)

A poem (that I wrote) about a big black dog on a summer day:  written in retaliation against the general public’s very WRONG misunderstanding about the unsuitability of black coated dogs for adoption.

The Other Side of Black

I am a lake dog

And, on hot August days

You can find me at the water’s edge,

looking soulful.

It’s part of how I get humans to play

with me.

I keep things pretty simple for them

so that they don’t have to

think too much about my offer.

I’m pretty good at using what’s at hand.

Like my orange ball.

And, I’m pretty hard to resist.

The ace up my sleeve if that orange ball

doesn’t do the trick?

Wading in the lake gets ’em.

Every time.

There is nothing that compares to this:

my sweet, simple life as a lake dog

on a hot summer day

with nothing more special to do

than coax those silly humans into play.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


Comments

  1. Polly says

    How sad – I did not realize how widespread this black dog thing went – I seem to gravitate TO them, rather than away. Never understood why anyone had issues. Our first, Diamond (named after your Dane) was a black lab, only 60 pounds, but I had delivery people (read that as grown men!) refuse to approach the door unless I locked up the dog, totally disregarding the fact that Diamond was on leash, sitting calmly, etc. I guess smaller black dogs are not as fearful – our two black-lab shepherd mix ladies, topping out at 40 pounds, never evoked such a response. Son brought Max, BBD but small rottweiler, to the family, and he was a charm, until he moved to Hawaii. Now we have Clifford and Greta, also rotties, but selected because I was aware of the problem of BBDs peripherally, and the problem of being rottweiler. I wish I had a large farm, and could take in so many more BBDs.

    • htkhp says

      I didn’t realize how widespread it was either until I began to see the acronym BBD on different dog-related web sites. I can’t speak for all “small black dogs,” but I can tell you that Tessa – our 18 pound pint-sized mix-breed is somewhat fearful of men; although she’s better now around my husband, she’s still got a ways to go. Both of our Great Danes have been black and people’s reactions to them have been mixed. I just listed a great web site devoted to Big Black Dog Syndrome up on my web site. And, I’ll be interviewing the woman who created that site in a future post (or two), so stay tuned for that!

      • Polly says

        Yes, I have enjoyed browsing through Black Pearls, if that is the website you are referring to. I look forward to your future post.

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