Fiona was found frolicking along a busy highway in Baton Rouge, LA, undernourished and with heartworms. We fell in love with her at an America’s Dog Pit Bull Rescue/Villalobos Rescue Center adoption event because she had wagged her tail so hard, she broke it and it was bound with pink medical tape. She is the only dog that our other rescued pitty gets along with. Even the cats love her. She is always smiling and loves everybody and everything, and she wakes us every day with her wild tail banging against the bedframe. Here she is proud that she went after a frog in a muddy pond in City Park. (no frogs were harmed in the taking of this picture)  :)

This is Ladybird! We found her wandering on the side of the road six months ago and the rest is history. She loves cuddling, chewing things she shouldn’t (most recently the top of a coffee maker, what?), and swimming. She brings happiness to everyone who has the pleasure of meeting her and she is just pure magic. Life is good because I get to share it with her. 

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Photographer Fred Levy recently launched the Black Dogs Project, a photo series that photographs black dogs against a dark background. The initiative tells the story of the difficulties these dogs face when waiting to be adopted.

Black dogs are often treated differently than other dogs — and are often overlooked by people who come to shelters with the intention to adopt. The phenomenon is commonly referred to as “Black Dog Syndrome” or “Black Dog Bias,” a stereotype against dark-colored animals possibly ingrained in people through depictions in movies and books, according to experts.

Black dogs also have a tendency to not photograph as well as other dogs, which along with other stereotypes, Levy has managed to combat skillfully.

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