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Posted on Fri, Mar 1, 2013 : 10:40 a.m.

Pet Photo Friday: celebrating black dogs and black cats

By Lorrie Shaw

In the past, I've written about the plight that black pets of all ages suffer, and to many, it was surprising.

Shelters across the country find it challenging to place large breed, black dogs — and cats.

Some humans find it difficult to "read" the dark faces of these canines: Their black coats can make it difficult for their facial expressions to shine through. Because of that, they often do not photograph well, either — ask anyone who has tried to snap a photo of a sweet face that seems to get swallowed up by darkness.

We put out the call to help dispel the myths that surround black, large-breed dogs and black cats, and readers from all over responded in a big way: by sharing photos and stories of their beloved pets.

To highlight how great all of your pets are, you're once again invited to share your photos and stories of your special pets with us again next week.

Would you like to join in the fun?

Participating is easy!

Simply email a photo of your furry friend to, at any time of the week, and be sure to give a little anecdote about what's best about them. Your photos will be included as part of our ongoing Pet Photo Friday feature.

Please include the animal's name, age, and city or township of residence in your email. Be sure that your photos are 1200 pixels wide and in .jpg format.

We'll put the series' photos into a slideshow, publish and promote on next Friday as well here in the Pets section.

Lorrie Shaw leads the pets section for You can follow her daily pet adventures on Twitter and subscribe to's email newsletters.