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Boyle event features large dogs for adoption

February 22, 2008

The Danville-Boyle County Humane Society will show off some of its larger dogs for adoption 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Tractor Supply.

"Big Dogs Rule" will feature some of the humane society's larger canines, from a pair of beautiful, black Labrador retriever mixes named Benny and Bailey, to a gorgeous Great Pyrenees named Abby. Mixed breeds with shepherd, collie, husky and boxer in their makeup also will be available at the event. All canines are guaranteed to have great personalities, according to the humane society, and all are need permanent, loving homes.

"Larger dogs, especially black ones, are often overlooked when people visit the animal shelter," explains Cheri Hibbs, DBCHS Saturday manager and planner of the event. "Yet the bigger adults are often the sweetest, most friendly dogs you'll find."

Hibbs notes that larger dogs are often the last to get adopted at an animal shelter, which means that many of them end up being put to sleep. "People tend to want the smaller breeds, but they need to take a second look at some of these big guys."

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Black or dark-colored dogs are the easiest for potential adopters to overlook, according to BlackPearlDogs.com. The site seeks to overcome the big black dog phenomenon, which shows that, statistically, these dogs are the ones most often killed at animal shelters.

"These 'ordinary' black faces get lost in the sea of faces of every hopeful dog relinquished or placed within a shelter's or rescue's kennel run, crate or exercise yard," the site explains.

Even lighter-colored large dogs are competing against their smaller counterparts. Smaller dogs are more popular because they make better house dogs - or at least, that's what people tend to think.

But that isn't always the case. Some smaller dogs have such energetic temperaments that they are hard to live with, while many larger breeds are docile enough to make ideal house dogs. For example, Great Danes are ideal house dogs because of their quiet personalities. Labrador retrievers, despite their eager friendliness, can be trained to observe the house rules and become valued members of the family. Many other medium- to large-breed dogs have the capacity to become perfect house dogs because of their "laid back" attitudes.

Other large dogs are well-equipped for the outdoors and make ideal farm or backyard dogs, although outside dogs also need plenty of attention and exercise just like the indoor pets.

For Saturday's event, the humane society is offering a special adoption rate of $55 to help their big friends find new homes. Included in the adoption fee (which is normally $75) are spay/neuter surgery, first vaccinations, de-worming and Boyle County dog tag. For more information, contact the humane society at (859) 238-1117 or dbchs@bellsouth.net.

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