Do you know what a BBD is? It’s the acronym that animal shelters sometimes use to describe the dogs that are said to be most often passed over for adoption: Big Black Dogs. Apparently harder to photograph and often stereotyped as aggressive, they can fade into the background at rehoming units. That’s one very good reason for featuring Hamish, this beautiful black Labrador-cross, above, on our latest Dogs in Need page. (Four-month-old’ish Hamish is a bright little chap. He was found wandering the streets in Cyprus and is currently available for adoption at Wild at Heart Foundation.)
There is now a National Black Dog Day, to draw attention to the loveliness of black dogs (October 1st). It’s interesting to note that four out of ten of the past Best in Show winners at Crufts – currently being held this weekend in Birmingham – have been black beauties: a Giant Schnauzer, a Flat-Coated Retriever, a Scottish Terrier, and a Standard Poodle. I’ll be dipping a toe into the world of all-things-dog at Crufts tomorrow. When I told a friend I was off to the world’s largest dog show, she said it was the mad-keen owner/breeders, not the dogs, that she would find most riveting. I know what she means. We all like to spot an owner that looks like their dog (I’m working on some eyebrows to match Teddy’s). Next week I’ll let you know who – and what – I find.