I have been volunteering at Animal Humane
lately, working with dogs that are timid, shy or otherwise difficult to place in a new forever home. Recently, a young dog came in who was shot in the jaw and left for dead. The folks at the shelter named him "Casino" because he was found wandering around a Casino just outside of Albuquerque. I was asked to do some Reiki energy work on him because he was obviously in a bad way. Because he was young and such a sweet dog, the vets in the shelter had taken the time, effort and expense to rewire and reconstruct his jaw.
My friend Lisa, the behavior specialist there mentioned that she hoped that he would get adopted in spite of being a black dog.
"What, what what?" I said. I had never even thought of such a problem, but she informed me that black dogs, especially big, black dogs are often very difficult to place and the last to be adopted in shelters all around the country, if at all. I couldn’t believe it or didn’t want to, however, it appears to be true. Check it out at Black Dog Syndrome
“Black dogs are commonly the last, if at all, to be adopted. Destined for death in many shelters they are passed up for whatever the reason."
Now I like to work with Unconscious Social Contracts in my practice and I think this one definitely qualifies.
Prejudice runs deep and is often very unconscious. As children, we read about about black cats and Halloween, and buy into the superstition before we're even old enough to understand what it means.
The old status quo contract says
"White means good and black means bad"
and it has been part of the archetypal mythology for far too long. If you're interested in finding out more about how these collective agreements work, you can check out the intuitive reframing game I call Sacred Cow Tipping
While you are playing the game, you’ll get an opportunity to envision a different kind of world for yourself and others - including Casino.
PS. Casino is looking for a temporary foster home while his jaw heals - if you can help him or any other shelter animal by fostering, call Animal Humane at (505) 255-5523.