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Black Dog Lovers Unite

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Though President Barack Obama taking office has made this a symbolic year, there is still one marginalized group that faces constant discrimination--black dogs. That's right, we're talking doggie racism.

As more and more dogs and cats fill the nation's pounds and animal shelters, black animals continue to be the most consistently euthanized bunch. Often overlooked in lieu of their lighter-haired brethren, it is believed that many people view black animals as mean or dangerous. Jerks.

This holiday season, Spay Neuter Idaho Pets Inc. will host a holiday parade exclusively for black dogs as a way to raise awareness for Black Dog Syndrome. SNIP hopes to break this stereotype at the parade, as participants congregate and witness hundreds of the happiest, goofiest black dogs scampering around. Participants are invited to bring their friends, families and black four-legged furballs to help dispel the myth that black dogs are any different from other pups. The parade route begins at University and Capitol, heads north toward the Capitol building, west to Ninth Street and south to University Drive. Those who don't own a dog but still want to participate, you're in luck. Local shelters will have several shelter dogs on hand that would appreciate an early morning mosey. Camp Bow Wow, H3 Pet Foods and Bandanna Running and Walking will sponsor the event, the last of which will be providing bandannas for all participating pooches. So if you know a dark-haired doggie looking for a good holiday hike, help SNIP promote awareness by attending their holiday parade.

Saturday, Nov. 28, 7:30 a.m. for walkers, 9:30 a.m. parade, FREE for viewers, $10 suggested donation for walkers, University Drive and Capitol Blvd., 208-968-1338, snipidaho.org.