The Black Dog Research Studio
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Black Pearl Dogs

Possibly one of the first websites devoted to Big Black Dog Syndrome.  It is a wonderful site full of information on black dogs.  This is the website that I first found when I began my research on Big Black Dog Syndrome (and it was mighty helpful).

The Humane Research Council

By their own description: The Humane Research Council empowers animal advocates with access to the research, analysis, and strategies that maximize their effectiveness to reduce animal suffering. They provide discount consulting services, written reports, presentations, and other resources exclusively for animal advocates, including many tools for smaller groups and individuals.

Animals & Society Institute

In their own words: The Animals and Society Institute is a nonprofit, independent research and educational organization that advances the status of animals in public policy, and promotes the study of human-animal relationships. Our objectives are to:

  • Stop the cycle of violence between animal cruelty and human abuse
  • Learn more about our complex relationship with animals
  • Promote new and stricter animal protection laws

Digital Doggy Photography

This website belongs to a local colleague of mine, Pamela B. Townsend, who has wroked tirelessly over the years to save the lives of many animals, including black dogs.  Digital Doggy Photography is Pamela's website, which features some amazing photography.  You can also purchase her book, Black is Beautiful, on her site.

Dancing with the Digital Doggy

In addition to her photography website, Pamela B. Townsend has a wonderful blog.  Pamela is currently serving as vice-president of the SPCA/Humane Society of Prince George's County in Maryland and has published two photo books: A is for Angel: A Dog Lover's Guide to the Alphabet and Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Dark Dogs.

St. Croix Animal Welfare Center

This is the shelter that we adopted Oliver from.  They worked with volunteers to transfer him to another shelter near my home in Maryland, where I picked him up and brought him home.  Many thanks to my friends and to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center!

Greenbelt Animal Control

This is the shelter in Maryland where Oliver was transfered.  Many thanks to my friends there as well!

Washington Humane Society

This is the shelter where I got my start!  The Washington Humane Society (WHS) is the only Congressionally-chartered animal welfare agency in the United States, and has been the area’s leading voice for animals since 1870. 


This website contains a wide variety of animal studies articles mined from all over the web.  It also includes action alerts, animal poetry, stories about the relationships people share with animals, and yet still more information regarding animal rights campaigns and so much more!

Dog Toy Reviews and Tips

Do you find yourself wondering whether or not your dog would like a new toy you just saw online or at the pet store?  Do you ponder about spending money on an expensive nyla bone or other enrichment item?  Ever fret about a behavioral issue your dog might have?  Well, if so, you should check this site out!  Dog Toy Reviews and Tips offers firsthand reviews of dog toys and treats as well as training tips!


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Debunking Black Cat Myths

Check out two great postings from the ASPCA and The Best Friends Animal Society on re-homing black cats and whether or not it is safe to adopt black cats around Halloween.

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