This Is Precisely How We Got BeauBeau

…and why the rescue driver was crying when she handed him over to us, after the long relay from Lake Charles, LA.

‘Big black dog syndrome’ leaves them homeless

She said, “Oh, thank you for taking a big one!” I told her that’s what we’d wanted from the beginning and why…? “Because no one wants the big ones, especially the black ones. We’ve got five they’re going to put down this week and we can’t save them.”

I wouldn’t have him any other way. And if I could take them all, I would.
Breaks my heart, because there’s no better friend.

11 Responses to “This Is Precisely How We Got BeauBeau”

  1. Tainted Bill says:

    I love my big black dog so much. The only thing someone had to fear from him is a wet face.

  2. Kate P says:

    A friend from college noticed when she was in Brooklyn walking her boyfriend’s dog, a rottweiler mix with a huge head, that people coming toward her (as she walked the dog on a leash) would cross the street. He was a nice dog but they didn’t know it.
    I have a soft spot for labs, too–although I’ve known only a yellow one. I bet they all have endearing personalities.

  3. nightfly says:

    Just the pics melt my heart. Bless that big ol’ pooch, and the lovely blog lady who loves him!

  4. The_Real_JeffS says:

    I prefer large dogs myself. Or medium sized. Ankle biters are suitable only as a live shark bait.
    And I see that the Princess is not sitting on her throne…..was it being cleaned, or did she deign to mingle with the commoners?

  5. ricki says:

    In my (somewhat limited) experience with dogs, it’s not the big dogs you need to be concerned about so much as the tiny ones.
    I know someone who had his thumb nearly taken off by a nervous chihuahua. And it seems like it’s always my friends’ “yip dogs” who come at me looking menacing; more often the bigger dogs that belong to friends of mine come loping up with their tails wagging and a “grin” on their faces, wanting me to pet them.
    When I was a kid, one of my good friends’ families had a Big Black Dog. She was a great dog, very friendly, very fun to run around with, and she’d lie down and let you rest your head on her side.

  6. Jaded says:

    What an absolutely beautiful baby you have there as well as his siblings 😉

  7. Dave E. says:

    As the owner of a black lab for coming up on 11 years now, I can attest to how the breed is a wonderful one to have around. Assuming of course, the dog is reasonably trained and socialized and it’s not inbred.
    I understand that those rescue orgs want to see these animals put into a good home and not go to testing organizations or abusers, but I think one thing that hinders adoption these days is the amount of personal information they want before you can take an animal from them.
    My next door neighbor did the foster home thing for a litter of labs about 4 years ago and I came close to adopting one, but stopped short when they gave me the questionaire to fill out. The amount of personal info they wanted was absurd, especially considering that my neighbor could vouch for me as a good caring pet owner for about seven years. No particular question was that bad, though IIRC they asked something about income or work history that really put me off, it was more the quantity of them that made it ridiculous. I declined to go forward with it.
    My Sammy the Wonder Dog is likely to pass on sometime in the next few years. I’m sure I’ll get another dog then, but I probably won’t go the pet adoption agency route unless I can find one that’s reasonable in their fitness questions.

  8. dick says:

    I have in the past gotten 3 big black dogs that were in danger of being killed. All 3 have been fantastic.
    One was a German shepherd that I had for 11 years and would protect me come what may but was wonderful with kids. I had a couple of neighbor kids who would come knock on my door and ask if they could take the dog out for a walk. He was great with them.
    The other two were black labs. One was on the last day and I had her for 7 years. The other was given up by a couple who sold their home, bought a condo and then found that they could not have pets. The dog was 10 years old and he lasted for another 7 years with me. Wonderful dog. I would have sold the condo and rented before giving him up.

  9. cheyenne says:

    I love dog happy the good it!!!

  10. cheyenne says:

    cheyenne dog the good it!!!

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