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Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Society, The Heart

Big, Black Dog

Big, Black Dog

Until I got one, I didn’t know that many people are terrified of big, black dogs. According to canine rescue organizations, black dogs remain at shelters longer than any other colour of dog. This was news to me. I chose my dog, Lenny, on the basis of his online profile where he was described as “happy”. And happy he has proven to be from day one, adoring dogs, adults and children alike. As he became more secure in his new “forever home”, his love of all beings grew. Afternoon walks became increasingly challenging, with Lenny wanting to greet everyone on his walk, whether they wanted to meet him or not. Those who were not at ease with the big, black dog approaching would cross the street; at times, mothers pushing baby carriages would flee to the adjacent sidewalk. Yet many of these same people would gravitate to small, fluffy dogs.

Recently, in NYC, I fell into the same small dog trap. In an upscale shoe boutique on Fifth Avenue I spied a tiny, white shih tzu with a pink bow in her hair, reclining on a white leather sofa. “How sweet,” I chirped. “May I pat her?” “Of course“, smiled the owner wrapped in a Chanel creation. And that is when the little bugger snarled and lunged at me. Horrified, I yanked my arm away to avoid a bite. The moral of the story? Looks can be deceiving. I have to admit that, following that incident, I walk a bit taller with my dog Lenny, 72 pounds of love in a black fur coat.

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