Black dogs are invisible, and that’s a fact. You can get the occasional adopter that will go for a black dog, instead of a white or brown one, but most people simply just don’t see them.
It’s got nothing to do with racism. If you ask around, most people don’t know that black dog are not preferred, but the fact is that if you get 100 people visit a shelter, the dogs that will catch their eye will not be the black ones. Maybe it’s because black dogs are combined with evil predators, maybe because it’s not easy to see their facial expressions, maybe it’s simple matter of taste.
Now if you take a black dog who is also a mix breed…oh well… A black Lab or a Black Belgian Shepherd would do, but a black nobody, that resembles no dog breed and that is, for most people, kinda ugly? No huge floppy ears, no long, soft fur, no impressive tail, no special features like a white spot around its eyes for example. Those dogs scream NON ADOPTABLE BECAUSE OF ITS LOOKS from miles, and this is a fact.
Add leishmaniasis to the mix, and you wouldn’t even have the rescuers bother saving it, let alone someone adopt it. Ok, I might be a bit harsh on the rescuers, but an adoption is out of the question, unless for some reason the dog get very very lucky.
Nikitas is all the above. He is black, he is a mix, and he is leish positive. He was rescued in the outskirts of Athens by Thalia, who sees all dogs as gorgeous and doesn’t give a damn about age, color, breed and health status. Nikitas in Greek means victorious, and he was named that because he beat mange, ehrlichia, leishmaniasis.
Today he is almost as healthy as a dog can be. His leishmania title has dropped significantly – he pretty much seems to test almost negative, and despite the fact that many believe that this disease is a death sentence, well..it isn’t. We wouldn’t bother rescuing those dogs if this was the case, and if it was contagious, we would have to put them all to sleep.
Nikitas has one and only asset, his character. He is the type of dog that will come to you tail wagging, he will sit next to you, and stay there, beside you, for as long as you pet him. He is one of the most human centered dogs I have met, who never demands anything, but he accepts the love as if it’s the one and only thing he missed when he was on the streets. Not the food, not a soft bed, not toys nor walks nor anything else. Just the human presence.
Nikitas is for adoption by SCARS, and he is one of my favorite dogs. If you wish to adopt him, you can email me at: [email protected]. Follow the SCARS facebook page here. For more information about his rescuer click here.