ART OF THE BLACK DOG book

ART OF THE BLACK DOG book

This beautiful art book will inspire and lift your soul…and maybe weep as well. Celebrating our Beautiful Black Dogs in Photographs.

Did you know that Black dogs are the least adopted most killed of all shelter dogs in America? Our book, Art of the Black Dog celebrates black dogs via professional photography of beautiful black dogs. Beautiful, quotes and poems and original photographs from around the world.


ART OF THE BLACK DOG book is a newly released art photography book celebrating our beautiful Black Dogs. And supporting Black Dog Syndrome that kills over 600,000 black shelter dogs yearly.


As the founder of an animal welfare organization GPA Charities, I’ve spent the last 12 years involved with rescuing death row dogs from shelters. Everything from walking in and pulling them out of kill shelters, to taking them to vets, to bringing them to our rescue group, to placing them in foster care and working diligently to adopt them. I’ve spent many a weekend at Pet Smart with two dozen dogs trying to get them adopted. Through all this, one thing became apparent to me. Black Dogs were the least adopted of all the dogs we rescued. They were the least adopted in the shelters we went into as well. We, therefore, had a higher than usual selection of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs to rescue from our area animal shelters. What we also found was black dogs languished not only much longer in shelters, but rescue groups as well. Where we could adopt other colors out on average in three months, some black dogs took up to a year…. Some, even more. So, I did some research and found that our experience was not unusual, it was sadly normal. There is a phenomenon and its name is, Black Dog Syndrome (BDS). Black Dog Syndrome.


Purchase ART OF THE BLACK DOG, a newly released art photography book celebrating our beautiful Black Dogs. Purchases support Black Dog Syndrome. Help save over 600,000.

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To all black dogs who’ve crossed o’er the Rainbow Bridge, and to those in faith we will save to forever stay by our side.

“Only a Dog

Only a dog, but such love he gave

Cannot have perished in the grave.

So constant and faithful and true a heart

Must in eternity have some part.

And sometimes I fancy

When I’ve crossed life’s sea

I’ll find him waiting to welcome me”

Epitaph from an olde tombstone in a pet cemetery.


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