DawnWatch: People Magazine on Dog Discrimination, against big black dogs 6/11/07 edition

June 5th, 2007 2:42 pm by mad mags

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Date: Jun 5, 2007 1:19 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: People Magazine on Dog Discrimination, against big black dogs 6/11/07 edition

The current, June 11, edition of People Magazine, has a great story by Jill Smolowe headed, “Dog Discrimination?” and sub-headed, “When it comes to finding owners, big black pooches often face a tougher time than canines of other colors Age of empire free download. Tamara Delany hopes to change that.” (Pg 93.)

It focuses on Delany’s attempts to find a home for a dog known in the rescue world as a BBD: a big black dog herunterladen. We learn that such dogs have “two strikes,” being over 50lbs and black. An animal shelter worker quoted says, “The black dog is definitely more at risk of going to death row than a yellow or tan dog.”

We read:

“Delany, 43, has made it her mission to champion BBDs herunterladen. A lifelong animal lover who at age 3 convinced her father to stop hunting, she first stumbled on the grim BBD phenomenon in 2003….”

She decided “These dogs need a Web site.'” It is http://www.blackpearldogs.com/

Smolowe writes:

“Delany designed the site not only to showcase individual Labs, shepherds, huskies, mixes and other dark-coated dogs in want of homes, but to educate the public about what animal rescue groups call Black Dog Syndrome. ‘I want people to become aware that when they decide to adopt a dog, they shouldn’t just look at what the dog looks like,’ she says. ‘They should find the best personality match.'”

Delany teaches tips for showcasing their black dogs, such as putting bright kerchiefs around their necks and photographing them against light backdrops.

Delany is quoted, “What I want is to have someone in California read the site and start their own version in their backyard.”

The People Magazine coverage has made that all the more likely. Please send letters of support and appreciation. Positive feedback for animal-friendly coverage encourages more of it.

People Magazine takes letters at editor [at] people.com.

Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter to the editor. Remember that shorter letters are more likely to be published.

I send thanks to Shari Wexler for making sure we saw the article.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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One Response to “DawnWatch: People Magazine on Dog Discrimination, against big black dogs 6/11/07 edition”

  1. Heather Says:

    We’ve launched a new website http://www.startseeingblackdogs.com with free rescources that rescue groups and shelters can use to increase the number of black dog adoptions. We also provide information to help raise public awareness about black dog syndrome. Come check us out and drop us a line at info@startseeingblackdogs.com.

    Best wishes,

    Heather Rosenwald / startseeingblackdogs.com

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