Black Dogs Rock!


Why is it that black dogs get so overlooked in shelters and in rescues?  Black Dog Syndrome (BDS) is a phenomenon that stumps all of us in rescue – because we know and love all of these wonderful, loving and happy babies.  Some people maintain it’s because the lighter dogs photograph better, as black absorbs the light.  Some claim that it’s because lighter colored dogs are more expressive – it can be harder to see the expression in a black dog. There are many theories, but no one really knows why.  Regardless, it’s a thing, and the awareness of it is October 1.  To celebrate all our black beauties, we are offering an adoption special!  We hope that we get all these wonderful pups into loving homes and that you all enjoy your adoption discount!  Happy adopting and please spread the word!

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About Danielle Hardee

Danielle Hardee has been rescuing ever since she can remember, as her mother always encouraged taking "just one more" pup from the shelter, trying to save baby birds who had fallen, and stopping to get turtles to safety. Danielle formally began her "career" in rescue while in law school in St. Louis, MO in 2004. In addition to lawyering and volunteering, she is a wife and mom of 2 sweet adventurous dog-loving boys and 3 wonderful rescue dogs - Big Head Todd, Baxter and Cassie. Thankfully, she is allergic to cats. Danielle's other passion is natural health for pets and people. Her essential oil team, Team Dogterra, focuses on educating about natural holistic health for dogs and their families, and is made up of fellow rescuers, adopters, and an assortment of fun open-minded peeps. Danielle is the Vice President of Companion Pet Rescue and has been volunteering and fostering with CPR since moving home to Jackson TN in 2009.

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