Why We Love Our Pets Video

Why We Love Our Pets Video. I’ve been in animal welfare for over twelve years now. After surviving a terminal illness I left the fast charging corporate world, never regretting that life changing decision. Twenty-five years in a stressful career almost killed me and the near death experience woke me up. It taught me what is important and lasting and what is not. What is lasting is living simply in the present moment. Living in the present moment, not fretting about the future or regretting mistakes of the past is something rescued dogs taught me as well.

The dying experience was brutal, but It taught me what is important and lasting in this life, and what is not. What is lasting is living simply in the present moment. Living in the present moment, not fretting about the future or regretting mistakes of the past is something rescued death row dogs taught me as well.

After leaving the corporate grind I started a non-profit focused on rescuing and finding permanent loving homes for death row dogs. It seemed the fitting thing. Given a rare second chance at a happy, fulfilling life for myself I wanted to give death row dogs a second chance as well.

Death row dogs taught me more about living a life without worry or regret than 20 years of corporate business ever did. Death row dogs taught me much, and teach me lessons to this day.  The three primary life lessons I experienced being with rescued dogs are these.

Giving and accepting unconditional love. Not the kind of love we humans most times give, where if you love me, I will love you. Or, if you provide things for me I will love you. No, dogs give us love not for any benefit, but just because they love us. That is truly un-conditional love.

 Second dogs teach us to live in the moment. After we rescue them from death row they walk out the door and forget their past problems and show only happiness. They don’t blame the owners that abandoned them or have a woe is me attitude as we humans would. No, they move on, prance about and do their happy dance of freedom. They immediately enjoy life as nothing ever happened.

And, that takes us to the third lesson I learned from death row dogs. They always live in the moment. They are happy right now. They don’t look to be happy in the future but are happy right now in the present. Dogs do not live in their heads as we humans do. Because of that, they experience life so much clearer and fuller than we humans. Think about it. If you did not think about the past every day. Or did not worry and fear the future every day how would you feel? And how much mental time would you have to live right now, right here in the moment?

We say dogs are not as smart as humans because we have bigger brains. Well, I say that maybe our bigger brains that allow us to think every second do us more harm than good. Maybe a smaller brain as dogs have that allow them to live in the moment, not the past or future worrying, but happy right now might not be a bad thing?

If you do not have a dog I know this may sound a bit crazy to you. But, If you are lucky enough to have a dog in your life you probably will know the meaning of what I learned being with rescued dogs the past twelve years. The purest love a human will ever experience is the unconditional love of a dog.

If you do not have a dog I know this may sound a bit crazy to you. But, If you are lucky enough to have a dog in your life you probably will know the meaning of what I learned being with rescued dogs the past twelve years. “The purest love a human will ever experience is the unconditional love of a dog”.


 Steven Monahan is a national animal welfare leader. Founder of Green Pets America Charities and Black Dog Syndrome.org. For 12 years Steve ran a death row rescue and pet food pantry. He is the Author of the Rescue Renew Rehome book. Steven has been recognized by the State Senate of Georgia for humanitarian service to Georgia’s companion animals. Steven is a prior Fortune 500 Executive.


You can purchase his best seller book RESCUE RENEW REHOME on Amazon books today to learn more about the love and rescue of death row shelter dogs.


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Black Dog Pickles

Black Dog Pickles. Are you aware that the least adopted,  most killed dogs are black shelter dogs?

Click this link to see the Today Show Video for the Black Dog Story.

http://www.today.com/video/today/54812988

To overcome this phenomenon Green Pets America has created an Awareness and Advocacy program. The program is Black Dog Pickles. Black Dog Pickles is our National Advocacy Program for ending Black Dog Syndrome.

The fear of black dogs is classified as a syndrome. Fear of black dogs is a phenomenon throughout the world. Because of this bias and fear black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals.

Animal shelters work to overcome this syndrome from pet adopters but black dogs still remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

As Executive Director and founder of a dog rescue nonprofit, Green Pets America Charities, I have spent the last 12 years involved with rescuing 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. We then vet them and place them in foster care. We work diligently to adopt them into loving safe homes. 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 are the least adopted of all the dogs we rescue. They are the least adopted in the shelters we go into as well. We always have a higher than usual selection of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs. We found that black dogs languish not only longer in shelters, but rescue groups as well. Where we can adopt other colors out on average in three months, some black dogs take up to a year…. Some, even more.

So we 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 is known by shelters and rescue groups throughout America. Numerous respected national organizations have long recognized BDS as an issue that adversely affects the adoption rates of black pets.

So, what exactly is this syndrome? Black Dog Syndrome is a sometimes conscious, but most times unconscious mental, and emotional bias in humans against black dogs.

Well, there are many reasons, including superstitious fear of black dogs, “old wives’ tales” about black dogs, Black dogs depicted in movies and literature as evil or devilish. A scary, growling black dog can be seen in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter series and The Omen.

 

In a survey, Pet finder the respected national organization where we post our dogs available for adoption, animal shelter and rescue groups reported that most pets are listed for about 3 months, whereas, black dogs and senior or special needs dogs average 12 months on the Pet finder adoption site.

 

The only real fact, not ignorance, superstition or media, and folklore bias are that black dogs do not photograph well on animal shelter websites. This is easily overcome however by simply photographing black dogs in front of blue screens or blue paper, as we do at GPA. At Green Pets America Charities,  we believe that the color of a dogs coat has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Just ask me: we have three black rescue dogs. Our black dogs are as loving, playful, smart and a joy to be with each day as our other two, non-black dogs.


BLACK DOG PICKLES

So what are some positive things that you can you do to end Black Dog Syndrome?

You can go to an animal shelter and adopt a black shelter dog.

You can share this article with your friends and family, encouraging them to consider adopting a black dog the next time they get a dog.

You can educate people that it’s not the color of the dog, but the size of her or his heart that is important. And you can now buy Black Dog Pickles to bring awareness to the cause.

And you can now buy Black Dog Pickles to bring awareness to the cause.


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We hand make Black Dog Pickles in small batches and sell them at Farmers Markets and Animal Welfare Fund Raising Events. We are looking for corporate sponsors to help us produce these in larger batches and distribute then regionally and nationally. If you want to help spread the word and end the killing of half a million black shelter dogs each year please contact us at Steve@GreenPetsAmerica. We are a501c3 nonprofit, founded in 2007 and recognized by the state Senate of Georgia for Humanitarian efforts for families and animals of Georgia.


All profits go to Green Pets America Charities 501c3 non-profit, for black dog syndrome education and rescue.

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Black Dog Pickles

Are you aware that the least adopted, most feared and most killed dogs are black dogs?

Click this link to see the Today Show Video for the Black Dog Story.

http://www.today.com/video/today/54812988

To overcome this phenomenon Green Pets America has created a Awareness and Advocacy program. The program is Black Dog Pickles. Black Dog Pickles is our National Advocacy Program for ending Black Dog Syndrome.

The fear of black dogs is classified as a syndrome. Fear of black dogs is a phenomenon throughout the world. Because of this bias and fear black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals.

Animal shelters work to overcome this syndrome from pet adopters but black dogs still remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

As Executive Director and founder of a dog rescue nonprofit, Green Pets America Charities, I have spent the last 12 years involved with rescuing 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. We then vet them and place them in foster care. We work diligently to adopt them into loving safe homes. 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 are the least adopted of all the dogs we rescue. They are the least adopted in the shelters we go into as well. We always have a higher than usual selection of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs. We found that black dogs languish not only longer in shelters, but rescue groups as well. Where we can adopt other colors out on average in three months, some black dogs take up to a year…. Some, even more.

So we 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 is known by shelters and rescue groups throughout America. Numerous respected national organizations have long recognized BDS as an issue that adversely affects the adoption rates of black pets.

So, what exactly is this syndrome? Black Dog Syndrome is a sometimes conscious, but most times unconscious mental, and emotional bias in humans against black dogs.

Well, there are many reasons, including superstitious fear of black dogs, “old wives’ tales” about black dogs, Black dogs depicted in movies and literature as evil or devilish. A scary, growling black dog can be seen in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter series and The Omen.

Because of Black Dog Syndrome, black dogs are the most euthanized dogs in our animal shelters.


In a survey, Pet finder the respected national organization where we post our dogs available for adoption, animal shelter and rescue groups reported that most pets are listed for about 3 months, whereas, black dogs and senior or special needs dogs average 12 months on the Pet finder adoption site.

The only real fact, not ignorance, superstition or media, and folklore bias are that black dogs do not photograph well on animal shelter websites. This is easily overcome however by simply photographing black dogs in front of blue screens or blue paper, as we do at GPA. At Green Pets America Charities,  we believe that the color of a dogs coat has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Ask me, we have three. Our black dogs are as loving, playful, smart and a joy to be with each day as our other two, non-black dogs.


So what can you do to end Black Dog Syndrome?

You can go to an animal shelter and adopt a black shelter dog.You can share this with friends and family, encouraging them to consider adopting a black dog the next time they get a dog. Remind people it’s not the color of the dog, but the size of her or his heart that is important. And you can buy Black Dog Pickles.


Black Dog Pickles

As part of Green Pets America’s advocacy for ending black dog syndrome, we have created a product people can enjoy and at the same time spread the word about Black Dog Syndrome. It’s Black Dog Pickles.

We hand make Black Dog Pickles in small batches and sell them at Farmers Markets and Animal Welfare Fund Raising Events. We are looking for corporate sponsors to help us produce these in larger batches and distribute then regionally and nationally. If you want to help spread the word and end the killing of half a million black shelter dogs each year please contact us at Steve@GreenPetsAmerica. We are a501c3 nonprofit, founded in 2007 and recognized by the state Senate of Georgia for Humanitarian efforts for families and animals of Georgia.

All profits go to Green Pets America Charities 501c3 non-profit for black dog syndrome education and rescue.


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Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals

Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals.

Learn how your community can rescue, renew and rehome all of your animal shelters animals

An inspiring book, authored by Steven Monahan, founder of Green Pets America Charities. Steven was honored by the State Senate of Georgia for humanitarian efforts for Georgia’s families and companion animals.

Learn the Green Pets America  20-point program for your community to adopt every healthy shelter animal.

Learn how the Green Pets America Cause Marketing programs will bring in the big dollars you need to make a dramatic impact on your animal shelter’s services and adoption of all healthy animals.

Additionally, You will love the heartwarming stories of rescue dogs, therapy dogs, and statistics on the Pet Industry in America.


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“This is a wonderful book about rescuing animals from shelters. There is a long chapter by Leecy Madison about her work at the Pentagon after 9/11 with her DSR therapy dog, Shiva It’s about saving animals from shelters and the wonderful work pets do for us to enrich our lives.

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Black Dog Syndrome Kills

Black Dog Syndrome kills. Did you know that the most killed shelter dogs in America are black dogs?

It is so prevalent it has been named by shelter managers and animal welfare people as “Black Dog Syndrome”. The fear of black dogs is classified as a syndrome. Fear of black dogs is a phenomenon not only in America but throughout the world.

black dog syndrome kills

Because of this bias and fear black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters work hard to overcome this syndrome from pet adopters but black dogs still remain the most abandoned and most euthanized dogs in animal shelters.

I spent 12 years involved with rescuing dogs. Everything from walking in and pulling them out of kill shelters, to taking them to vets, to bringing them to adoption events and to Pet Smart on Sundays to get dogs adopted. Through all this, one thing became apparent. Black dogs were the least adopted of all the dogs we rescued. Black furred dogs were the least adopted color of dogs in the shelters we went into as well. We always had a larger number of black dogs, versus light colored or mixed color dogs that did not get adopted by the end of the adoption event.

Where we could adopt other color dogs out on average in three months, some black dogs took up to a year…. some, even longer.

Black Dog Syndrome is known by shelters and rescue groups throughout America. Numerous respected national organizations have long recognized BDS as an issue that adversely affects the adoption rates of black pets.

So, what exactly is this syndrome? Black Dog Syndrome is a sometimes conscious, but most times unconscious mental, and emotional bias in humans against black dogs.

There are many reasons for this bias including superstitious fear of black dogs, “old wives’ tales” about black dogs and black dogs depicted in movies and literature as evil or devilish. As examples a scary growling black dog can be seen in The Hound of the Baskervilles, the Harry Potter series and The Omen.

In a survey, Pet finder reported that most dogs for adoption are listed for about 3 months: whereas, black dogs average 12 months on the Pet finder adoption site.

The only real fact, not ignorance, superstition or media and folklore bias is that black dogs do not photograph well on animal shelter websites. This is easily overcome however by simply photographing black dogs in front of blue screens or blue paper.

At Green Pets, creators of the Black Dog Friday awareness campaign we believe that the color of a dog’s coat has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or personality. Ask any owner of a black dog. Ask me, we have three black dogs. They are as loving, smart and joyful to be with each day as any other dog.

Please help BLACK DOG FRIDAY spread the word about black dog syndrome. Next time you are ready to adopt a dog, please consider adopting a loving and loyal black dog. Black dog syndrome kills.


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