October 1st is National Black Dog Day and is a day to celebrate.

Originally created as a way to talk about black dog syndrome after animal rescue shelters were reporting black dogs were often passed over in rescue, Sarah Jayne Dunn has teamed up with the UK’s largest dog adoption site, dogsblog.com, sponsored by Direct Line Pet Insurance, to encourage more people to consider adopting a dog.

A fan of black dogs herself, Sarah chose her Pug, Ming Ming after being told black Pugs have more personality and shed less than others.

Sarah admits she and her family have previously adopted pets who have looked more isolated and needed someone to give them a chance. Her black rescue cat, aptly named Solo when she first saw her at the rescue centre, took time to come out of her shell but after coming into the family from a shelter, time and patience was all she needed to adapt.

Talking of her family pets, the new mum said “Our black Pug Ming Ming is a big part of our little family, possibly the biggest part. My brother has two rescue dogs, Truffles and Oscar, both cross breeds, both adorable but both had been waiting for their forever homes long before being adopted by my brother. Oscar is completely black and Truffles is a Staffy cross. They were constantly overlooked for whatever reason. They couldn’t be more patient and loving, brought up in a household with four boisterous, noisy toddler-kids-teenagers, they only ever had love to give in return for a loving household and family. I swear you can see the happiness in their eyes, they are such big softies.”

Sarah continued, “Being a dog owner is something I’d recommend to anyone with the time, love, patience and commitment to do so. It is a long term commitment and shouldn’t be done on a whim but if you’ve taken everything into consideration then it’s one of the best things you’ll ever do. You’ll have a lifelong friend who will give you love, loyalty and all they require in return is your love and care, for this small return you’ll have an unbreakable bond.”

Here are some dogs currently in rescue who need a second chance and home to call their own.

Trixie has been in rescue for 213 days without a single enquiry.

She is an adorable 11 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross Whippet girl who came into the Oldies Club rescue after the death of her owner.Trixie is in an Oldies Club foster home in Maidstone, Kent, waiting for someone to offer her a permanent home.

Find out more: http://www.dogsblog.com/trixie-57/

Elmo is trying not to let his past experiences with people shape his future

A street dog rescued and brought to the UK earlier this year, Elmo is a 2-3 year old cross-breed boy who has shown signs of possible trauma in his past around men. He does settle when he gets to know you so his new family will need to give him time and patience to adapt and learn he’s safe in his new surroundings.

Find out more: http://www.dogsblog.com/elmo-20/

Belle was abandoned and her owners didn’t turn up for her.

She is a 2 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier cross with a heart as big as her smile and a snore as loud as her brilliant personality. Belle has been in foster care for some months after coming into rescue as an unclaimed dog when her owners didn’t turn up for her. She is looking for an experienced home where she can further her training.

Find out more: http://www.dogsblog.com/belle-49/

Sarah Jayne Dunn concluded, “If you’re thinking about getting a dog then please do consider rehoming a loving pet, that through no fault of it’s own has found itself without a forever home. Some of the nicest dogs I’ve had the pleasure of knowing have been rescue dogs. They are very often already house trained, socialised and all they want is a place to call home with a loving, caring owner.”


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